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Facts and figures on South America’s ecology, climate, people, wildlife, towns . . . . .

Animals of the temperate rainforest

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard, Waddle on the Wildside | 0 comments

Question. from four year old Benjamin, Dulverton, UK What sort of animals live in the rainforest? Answer A: Well we’re in temperate rainforest in Chile at the moment. It is like tropical rainforest, but a lot colder! So I’m tapping from the tent under some massive old southern beech trees wrapped in feather jackets! The animals we see here include the chucao- like a big, fat robin. I love this bird as he is very tame and often comes to see what David and I are doing. His voice is also incredibly loud, like a shot-gun, so we can tell when he is around. Other wildlife include the...

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Living in southern Chile: the landscape, people and houses

Posted by on Oct 14, 2012 in Big Toe Blog, Big Toe Noticeboard | 0 comments

KEY WORDS: alerce trees, temperate rainforest, shingle houses, adobe houses, Andes mountains, conifer trees We’re running through Patagonia, Southern Chile at the moment. The road is made of hard-packed gravel, cobbles and stones. This is especially hard work for running, as we have to pull the trailer with greater force over the surface, as there is a lot more friction. We also have to dodge pot holes! The road is very hilly, which means lots of hills to run up- grrrr! Although we are very tired every night, from all the hills and running, the landscape is very beautiful and fantastic to...

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The morning’s milk

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Big Toe Noticeboard | 0 comments

Every other day, a bottle of warm, fresh milk arrives on the river bank. David and I live on our old wooden boat, Lista Light, you see and for the past two and half months we have been anchored in a tributary of the Rio Plate, Uruguay, training and preparing for the 5000mileproject. The milk is from our neighbours. The south of Uruguay, especially the district we live in, Colonia, is an important dairy producing region. Many of the people whom we have met in Uruguay have British and Swiss ancestors and together they have introduced a taste for milk, including the production of familiar...

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