|Welcome to the Meades family homepage. We are Rob in one house, Alice in another house, Hazel (aged 17) and Leo (aged 13) in both houses. We live in Saffron Walden, which is just south of Cambridge in the UK. We're interested in reading science fiction, watching films (from Scooby Doo to Pi), keeping marine fish, keeping lizards, trapping moths, writing stories, playing with toy cars, gardening, model railways, autonomous robots and drinking beer. Details of the bits and bobs on this website are given below. This site can be quite picture-rich and includes streamed videos so those with dial-up links please be aware that it may be slow (sorry). This site also includes in-line videos so, if you are using Internet Explorer, make sure that in Tools->Options->Security->Custom Level, the ActiveX controls and plug-ins section, Display video and animation on a webpage that does not use external media player is set to Enable.|
We began lizard keeping with Norman, a bearded dragon, who sadly passed away on Friday 13th February 2009. We would heartily recommend bearded dragons to anyone who desires an interesting yet non-allergy-generating pet that is suitable for children. And you simply have to watch the arm-waving and head-bobbing videos on www.beardeddragon.org to appreciate quite how bizarre these pets can get. Norman himself bobbed, though he never waved.
We have since kept several Panther chameleons, most recently Ramone, an Ambilobe Panther chameleon from Madagascar, born on 16 June 2009.
|Rob has wanted to build a moth
trap since he was ten and a few years ago took the
opportunity to do this before he reached the age of forty.
As a small boy interested in entomology this would not be
surprising, but as an adult he was amazed at how exciting
it turned out to be. You need to build a trap (see link below) and put it out on a nice
warm summers evening.
When you get up in the morning in midsummer you will find up to a few hundred moths sleeping inside it. And not just the little ones you find attacking your lamp shades indoors - you are likely to capture large hawk-moths. If you trap regularly over the period of the summer you will notice the rise and fall in populations of moth species from week to week. Fascinating.
We've kept a marine fish tank since February 2002 and have designed a new 260 litre tank with sump, pump and skimmer in the built-in garage next door. More details on the system below. Some of our past fish population are pictured here (we also have increasing varieties of corals).
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