Friday, 17 October 2014


Some autumn berries seen on Barrack Road today. A type of rosehip and a type of cotoneaster.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Vegan and Vegetarian Toothpaste

Recently I posted about my search for a Vegan or Vegetarian Toothpaste suitable for sensitive teeth.
I am happy to report Superdrug are again stocking these products, and as I was not able to find any news of them on the internet, even on Superdrug's own website, I am posting these photos, one of Sensitive and one of Sensitive Whitening.
The packaging is quite different from the old one so I expect this is a product relaunch.

Info on back of pack stating suitable for vegetarians and vegans, also cruelty free "Leaping Bunny" symbol, which can only be used when product is certified NOT Tested on Animals.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn spider and moon

Another sign of autumn, here is a big spider on its web, and a moon, both photos by Jeff.

Leazes Park: Crows and Mystery Plant

There are lots of crows, magpies and small songbirds in Leazes Park, as well as all the waterbirds that live on and around the lake.
These crows were cawing in the tree and making their "Autumn!" sound.

There is a lot of this plant in the park at the moment.
The leaves are a bit like a convulvulus. It has pink flowers which turn to a berry type thing, but it also has white flowers on the same plant.
It is very strange and I have not been able to identify it.

Going back into the past at Blyth Beach

We went back to Blyth beach where the weather was rather inclement. I got a pain in my head, from the wind howling through my ears. Eyes streaming, nose dripping, just from the cold wind.
However the sun was out enough to light up the beachcombers' treasure (left in situ).

There is a shell, formed around a crustacean, could be a small dog whelk, and a bit of pottery.
Look at the design on it. I am fairly sure someone worked in a factory or shed somewhere, painting on this design on a cup, jug or plate. Then maybe it was bought by someone to have a family meal on.
Then what happened? Did it break and get thrown away? How many years ago? And where did it come from? The other side of the North Sea, or even further? Or maybe on the east coast? Maybe it was off a ship wreck.
The waves and sand have artfully displayed the treasures, no need to rearrange them.

North Tyneside Wildlife

Jeff sent these pictures of some wild animals recently spotted around North Tyneside green spaces.

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