Sunday, February 05, 2012

Story Telling Sunday

Amazingly I've made it to the second month of Story Telling Sunday.

This is the one about the Duck and the Stag Beetle.

One sunny summers day in 2007..... while we were on holiday, we paid a visit to a friend of mine and to her and our surprise a duck was found roaming her garden.

The boys thought this was great and watched as their dad eventually caught the duck and returned it to it's rightful owner.
 
Whilst we sat soaking up the sun, catching up, the boys messed around in the pond. After a while they hooked out a Stag Beetle. (According to my Journaling at the time I thought it was a plastic toy - the boys have one in their animal collection and it looked exactly the same.)

They carried the dead stag beetle all the way back to the caravan in a plastic cup, were it was placed on the table and examined at great length. Their pinchers are massive.

After a while Harry said "it moved". So everyone sat in silence and watched as this "dead as a doornail" Stag Beetle slowly come back to life.

When we arrived home, after our holiday Harry spent ages searching the internet to see if Stag Beetles hibernate. He couldn't find an answer so I wondered.....could this beetle have fallen into the pond and been luckily enough to have had three inquisitive boys digging around and fish him out.

After the Stag Beetle had made a full recovery a search for a safe place to release him was found.
Our 2007 holiday was scrapped in a mini book, made using my then new Bind-it-all.
Looking back on older scrapbooks does make me smile!

23 comments:

  1. My little ones love coollecting creatures and I am always astounded as to how long they can survive in small plastic containers!

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  2. How lovely to have recorded this and think you gave a little creature the chance of a longer life! :)

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  3. what a great day rescuing creatures great and small! I think beetles have an amazing survival thing going on years ago in Indonesia there were horrifying (to me) huge flying type beetles/cockroach type bugs attracted by the light as we sat outside having a beer. One hit the light and landed on the table, freaking us out, a quick thinking person hit it with a beer bottle and we all relaxed. A short while later it woke up from death and flew away! Yuk!

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  4. Oh I remember the jam jars stuffed full of grass and leaves with various creatures being cared for! what a great memory.

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  5. Boys do seem to find the strangest things ...
    :-)

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  6. I'm not very good at dealing with creepy crawlies and I'm not keen on the thought of them coming back to life! Sounds like you had an interesting holiday that year.

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  7. Hi Louise,

    have a look at this:

    http://frontpage.woodland-trust.org.uk/ancient-tree-forum/atfnews/images/stagbeetles.pdf

    scroll down to the section on helping stag beetles - it says to take them out of water as they often revive even if they look dead.

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  8. Lucky stag beetle to be rescued rather than drown and how great that you have a mini album to record the event. A great story, thank you!

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  9. Normally I wouldnt think an insect in a tub was particularly lucky but that lil stag beetle sure was!

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  10. what a lovely story, rescued just in time to hopefully go back to it's own little family!

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  11. That's a great story Louise! What I love is that you were able to say "according to my journaling at the time" - I bet it gave you a great feeling of satisfaction to have the facts at your fingertips :)

    Thank you for joining in with your tale of discovery this Storytelling Sunday

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  12. Lovely story and the summer album is beautiful too:)
    Hugs Merethe

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  13. Looking back on old scrapbooks always makes me smile as well. love this story.

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  14. Great story & fab photo's too! Isn't this what scrapbooking is all about, preserving those memories for future reference & raising a reminiscent smile or two!! TFS :)

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  15. I'm with Sian ~ so great that you were able to nail the facts because you'd written it all down at the time.

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  16. What a great story of how they save the stag beetle :)

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  17. Oh how I've enjoyed reading this. And it truly shows the power of scrapbooking, and how we can look back and remember the little things that mean so much :)

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  18. Two saved in one day - super heroes!

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  19. I agree one of those little moments that are always remembered because of our scrapping :) Great story x

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  20. Fun to see the mini album and yeah for rescuing the stag beetle - they are cool looking creatures.

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  21. How cool - glad it came back to life while you were watching - that would have been a bit of a shock in the middle of the night!

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