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Issue No. 135 - 21st February 2007
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Lara Croft Meets Nature

Part of a Lara Croft style nature series was filmed at Hazelfield Garden Centre on Monday, 19th February and I went along to meet Presenters, Emily Cook and Hannah Parathian on the film set, along with Sheila, the 15 foot Burmese python.

The rest of the 'Wild Babes', action packed nature series will be filmed on location and explores the wildlife of Indonesia.

Sheila the python belongs to Rainforest Reptiles, which can be found at Hazelfield Garden World and is well worth a visit.

In the photos left, Emily (blonde) and Hannah (brunette) handle Sheila for the first time. The girls can be seen again below with Tom Wheeler (left), owner of Rainforest Reptiles and assistant, Richard Browning who were assisting with the snake handling. I have used two shots virtually the same here so that I could show the snake a little closer as it is amazing just how camouflaged Sheila is against Hannah's trousers.

The two girls could not hold Sheila for very long because she is surprisingly heavy. I stroked the snake's head out of curiosity and it's a strange feeling - scaley rather than slippery as I had expected. Sheila is a friendly snake and I almost wanted to take her home with me.

In the photo below, the two presenters pose on the bonnet of the Wild Babes' jeep, which will be used in the series.

In the bottom photograph, I stepped back to show the film set in action.

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Half Term at Ross Heritage Centre

Ross Heritage Centre was a hive of activity during the half term holiday, with two very well attended craft sessions for children taking place.

The first session was to enable children to make their own special Mothers' Day cards under the watchful eye of Sue from the Heritage Centre. Later in the week, Heritage Assistant Tracey Parry and Tina Walton from the Green Eyed Monster Company supervised another large group of children as they made some very colourful African masks.

Children showing off their beautiful Mothers' Day Cards. Ref: DSC_4070

The children hiding behind some very colourful and scary African masks. Ref: DSC_4169

A little help needed with the cutting out. Ref: DSC_4172

I wouldn't like to meet him alone in the jungle. Ref: DSC_4174

Supervisors Tina and Tracey having fun with the children. Ref: DSC_4179


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