Roughly half of the world’s population of grey seals are found around Britain.
Grey seals come ashore to breed – the breeding site is known as a rookery. The females arrive at the rookery and will usually give birth a day later. They feed their pups for the first 3 weeks. After the pup is weaned, the mother will leave. Over the next few weeks the pup will moult its soft white coat for a mottled waterproof one. Within 3 weeks the pup will have its adult fur and when it starts to feel hunger it will make its way to the sea where it will learn to swim and to feed for itself.
We visited a rookery on the beach between Winterton and Horsey Gap in Norfolk.
We arrived at Winterton and walked along the sand dunes for about 20 minutes until we found a good spot to watch the seals.
The seals had made their way up from the sand onto the grassy dunes and were sleeping in between them.
It was such a beautiful sight to see and witness but also sad to see that there were a few pups that had not made it past the first few weeks of their lives. This may have been because the Cow (Mum) had been disturbed and she abandoned her pup to get away.
We sat and watched in awe at the beauty surrounding us.
We listened to the waves crashing against the shore line and to the screaming sound of the Cow and pup communicating with each other.
You are advised to keep a safe distance from the seal as they can have nasty bite but it is hard to see them when walking with in the dunes. We stumbled across a few who were sleeping and only noticed them at the last minute.
When they move they can move pretty fast.
They are such beautiful creatures, with cute little faces. they almost remind me of fat dogs with no legs.
After over an hour of walking along the beach we made our way back to the car. Winterton is a popular destination for dog walkers because of the long sandy stretch of beach. We visited the same beach in the summer and stayed close by at Hermanus Holiday Site, read about it here
There is nothing quite like a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate on a winters day to warm up your bones. The luxurious taste and feel of drinking hot chocolate that then warms your whole body is exquisite! It is thick, silky and rich tasting!
I think what makes a cup of hot chocolate so satisfying is that there are so many health benefits from drinking it. Skip those store-bought hot chocolate packs, and make your own cup of cocoa using real cacao powder; the higher the cacao content and less processed the cocoa, the greater the antioxidants.
This hot chocolate is thick, creamy and so satisfying. It gives you that warm glow and because of the ingredients used it fills you up too!
- Handful of raw cashew nuts
- 1 banana
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 heaped tbsp oats
- 1 heaped tbsp cacao powder
- Coconut milk
Blitz the cashew nuts and cacao nibs in a blender with a little of the coconut milk until it forms a paste like texture.
Add in the rest of the ingredients.
Heat the coconut milk and then add it into the blender (there is no guidance on the milk, just use what you feel is right for you. I like my hot chocolate thick so i didn’t use too much)
Blitz until combined and creamy
You can add more milk if it is too thick or more oats/banana if you need it to be thicker.
To give the hot chocolate that extra winter taste add in some cinnamon and top with some squirty cream.
I took this photo this afternoon while walking through the park, I love the darkness of the tree set against the early evening sky.
It’s quite an eerie feel to it!
The snow that lays on our ground at the moment is very fine, powdery and light and when picked up to make into a ball it doesn’t seem to be packing well together.
Jak threw a hand full of snow into the air today and it just fell back down showing him in the flakes
Take 3 boys….
Add a bit of snow…
Throw in a country park with a big hill…..
What do you get?
Sledging down a hill, snow ball fights, snow angels and beautiful scenery.
We wrapped up warm with our layers and got into the car to drive to a country park (one that we go to every time it snows) With our gloves, scarves and hats on and the hand warmers ready in our pockets we was ready to explore the snow.
It was Oliver’s first time to walk on the snow, he was amazed with the white stuff and just wouldn’t stop looking down to the ground. He just walked around in circles and screamed when i picked him up! He loved sitting in the sledge and being pulled about, I have never seen him sit so still.
Jak learnt how to steer the sledge and went the furthest down the hill.
After sledging for 45 minutes we decided to take a walk down to the bottom of the big hill to look at the lake, there was some beautiful scenes and we even got to see the deers roaming around in the snow.
The boys had loads of fun in the snow, that much that they didn’t want to come home!
Have you been enjoying the snow?
What have you been up to in the great big outdoors?
Please click on the Country kids widget above and take a look at what others have been up to outdoors.