It was a beautiful day. The rays of sun that crossed the leaves and branches of the trees, left the forest illuminated in harmonious tones and emphasizing thus the first spring flowers.

We didn’t need to go very far to learn about nature. It was our first starting point from Stanmer House where Francisco and me looked with open eyes an enormous tree called Cedar Lebanon (Cedrus Libani). Lebanon is a species of cedar native to the mountains of the Eastern Mediterranean. We also saw few pine cones lying on the floor around the tree.

Tony showed us how to measure the height of the tree using Tony’s height, pencil, steps and multiplication. We calculated that the average tree was about 120 fts approximately.

After 20 times repeating the name of this tree…I forgot it…apologise (I had it written in my mobile phone, but I step on it last week…so phone died)

These are some of the flowers that we found during the walk.

We also eat them.


(Sambucus nigra)




Bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved wild flowers.

English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) are native to France and England.

Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) are similar in many ways to English bluebells.



Bleeding horse chestnut cankers (fungi) in black) is a disease that killed the tree.


I can’t

find the name of this tree, apologise






Francisco had a lot of fun playing and pretending that the shelter was his house.

Tony showed us how to make fire using a compass and Lords (it looks like chestnut)





Tony taught us how to position the compass so that the sun would pass through the magnifying glass getting a very small point on the dry leaves to burn them and thus make fire.








Tony was using the knife, dry leaves and one lord to make fire. The fire using lords last for hours and can also be carried around.

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