Welcome to the SRT blog No. 24

9th October 2020 – Welcome to our blog post No. 24

Hi all, today is World Egg Day.

Here are some ‘eggstraordinary’ egg facts:

  • Eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy
  • To tell if an egg is raw or hard-cooked, spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is hard-cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw
  • Egg yolks are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D
  • If an egg is accidentally dropped on the floor, sprinkle it heavily with salt for easy clean up
  • Yolk colour depends on the diet of the hen
  • Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator
  • A large egg contains only 70 calories and 5 grams of fat
  • Egg protein has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. It is second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition
  • An average hen lays 300 to 325 eggs a year
  • To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours
  • As a hen grows older she produces larger eggs
  • The fastest omelette maker in the world made 427 two-egg omelettes in 30 minutes.  American Egg Board’s Howard Helmer, is the Omelette King; he holds three Guinness World Records for omelette making


Northchurchs wildlife area has turned up a very….. long….. tailed common lizard. Now safely returned to a cosy mound of soft leaf mould.

The feral cats are using the various climbing materials in their stable space.

Zoe is trying out the dremel from the Activity Centre to make signs for the stables.

The team continue to put up the new fencing in front of the shop and offices – a big job that will take a while to complete but another one ticked off the list!







Not sure if Sam is really helping with this one? More like enjoying the suns rays…..


Juliet Lloyd and Jacob Oney are busy in the kitchen producing lunch maybe?

This week the big job tackled by various groups, has been the work on the lawn area, using garden forks to aerate the grass and help with the drainage over winter. That’s why they needed so many forks – all hands to the ‘lawn’.





  1. Paul Birch & Marvis who is a student with us on a university placement.
  2. Rose Raines-Groves




3. Annette Timms & Juliet Lloyd.     4. Tim Abbotts & Tony who is one of our volunteers

          Hanna Bryant being helped by Nuala


Hemel Food Garden had a trainee appreciation bonfire this week.

The rain stayed away and everyone enjoyed home-made and home-grown leek and potato soup, with team ‘shop’ made home-baked rolls, followed by delicious carrot cake from team Tanya.






All washed down with a hot cuppa and toasted marshmallows – yummy.







Then yesterday Mark spotted an unusual visitor to the allotment plot – a young cygnet. Checking out what was still being grown and probably eyeing up some tasty grubs. Don’t worry Mike – no damage.

But a bit later on it was joined by it’s sibling so Mark from @swanrescueherts came to the rescue and returned them to the anglers lake where their parents are. Maybe they were on ‘swan staycation’! (thanks Meg for that one). All very calm and a great result.









Bon voyage until next week…..we saw posts of Gade Bridge Park under water this week. Here’s Sunnysides version