Home is where the nest is

Home is where the nest is


He just might be the biggest bluebird landlord in Idaho. Al Larson has built and placed more than 350 wooden nest boxes throughout the state’s southwest. The birdwatcher started the project in the late 1970s after reading how important the shelters are to the survival of bluebirds. Today, at the age of 97, he is still at it. Larson monitors the little houses to record vital data about the number of eggs and nestlings. To date, Larson has helped fledge over 40,000 bluebirds.


Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :


  • I am attracted to the bluebirds because of  their beauty
  • I’m 97 years old or young
  • Over 40.000 nestlings
  • I’m a birdwatcher
  • When I retired in the late 70’s
  • Their population has been declining
  • A nest box
  • I should put up more boxes
  • I came up with the solution
  • As simply as possible
  • With just 4 sides
  • More than 350 nest boxes out
  • I monitor the boxes regularly
  • The nesting cycle
  • To see if my colour matches the sky
  • I’m gratified to know that I’ve helped the bluebirds increase their population
  • I’ve inspired many many  other people to help other creatures as well
  • My message is you’ve got to be active if  you’re going to get old
  • So think about the future
  • Plan ahead

How to mae a simple bird house


Would you take them for a walk?

Would you take them for a walk?

[1000 Londoners]

 Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching video :

  • They are quite friendly
  • I rock up (arrive somewhere) to work one morning on my bike
  • My husband had a fit (be very shocked)
  • As a wedding anniversary present
  • A wedding dress fitting
  • They are in a state with their mother
  • It just lowers the temperature a bit
  • It’s a bit of an unorthodox thing to own in West London
  • A pig farm
  • They know that I’m the boss
  • Cracky don’t be such a pig
  • I have a walking license
  • Come on lads
  • Stop being stroppy
  • When you take on livestock, your home becomes a farm
  • A pig looks you straight in the eye
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Share a cup of success

Share a cup of success

    The Soul Pancake

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Nice to meet you
  • Nice to meet you too
  • It keeps me focused on my path
  • Going after life, I’m proud of him
  • Side-business, I make like home-made shea butter
  • You have to do what you love
  • I’ve been with my wife for over 40 years now
  • How about you?
  • At my ceremony we got to walk across the stage with our parents
  • She was happy about what I was doing
  • I have been able to retain my family through the ups and downs of life
  • I want my business up and running
  • One placement on a CD that goes gold
  • Take chances
  • It was great meeting you



A Birthday to Remember

A Birthday to Remember

Watch the following video :


bug snacks
kin community

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • In honor of this huge and happy celebration
  • Favorite party ideas
  • Bug snacks
  • When my daughter turned one
  • Great idea to throw a lady bug picnic
  • Sandwich crackers
  • Spread cream cheese over the top
  • A cherry tomato and slice it in half
  • Food coloring
  • Next up are the spiders
  • Twist apart
  • Break them in half
  • A little dollop of peanut butter
  • Colorful candy pieces
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • How adorable is that
  • Fruits and veggies
  • A butterfly display
  • A huge bug buffet
  • Anything that looks like a garden
  • I hope you have a fabulous birthday celebration