Devon mother is shocked to discover cattle staring at her through her living room window

A mother was left stunned when she awoke to find a cow staring into her living room window and another 50 trampling through her garden. 

Natasha Hooper, 39, was getting ready in her bathroom at her home in Sprayton, Devon, when her son Tyler Findlay, 13, told her, ‘there’s a cow looking through the window.’

At first she thought her son was just imagining things but was left gobsmacked to find the unwelcome guest had been joined by a whole herd.   

Footage shows the cattle making themselves at home in the garden and leaving a trail of destruction as they left manure all over the family’s lawn and driveway.

Natasha Hooper, 39, was left stunned when she awoke to find a cow staring into her living room window and another 50 trampling through her garden

Natasha Hooper, 39, was left stunned when she awoke to find a cow staring into her living room window and another 50 trampling through her garden

Mrs Hooper (pictured with her husband Christopher and daughter Izabelle-Rose) was getting ready in her bathroom at her home in Sprayton, Devon, when her son Tyler Findlay, 13, told her, 'there's a cow looking through the window'

Mrs Hooper (pictured with her husband Christopher and daughter Izabelle-Rose) was getting ready in her bathroom at her home in Sprayton, Devon, when her son Tyler Findlay, 13, told her, ‘there’s a cow looking through the window’

One nosy cow was even pictured ogling them through the living room window while others were queuing outside the property waiting to get in ‘as if it was a nightclub’.

Tyler and brother Mason Findlay, 12, were in fits of giggles watching the giant creatures take over their garden as Mrs Hooper’s husband Christopher tried to herd them out.

The adventurous cattle had escaped the farmer’s field after their morning milking, wandered up the road and surrounded the family’s home.

It took Mrs Hooper and her gardener almost five hours to clear up the cow mess, and she posted snaps of the cheeky cattle grazing to Facebook later that morning.

At first she thought her son was just imagining things but was left gobsmacked to find the unwelcome guest had been joined by a whole herd

At first she thought her son was just imagining things but was left gobsmacked to find the unwelcome guest had been joined by a whole herd

Footage shows the cattle making themselves at home in the garden and leaving a trail of destruction as they left manure all over the family's lawn and driveway

Footage shows the cattle making themselves at home in the garden and leaving a trail of destruction as they left manure all over the family’s lawn and driveway

She said: ‘The kids were having breakfast and my husband was over in the en-suite and I heard Tyler shouting ”Mum there’s a cow looking in the window”.

‘I thought it was another one of his random little comments as usual, but then he started laughing and saying ”they’re all running round the garden”.

‘My husband came flying out of the en-suite, pulling his trousers up as he went, and then I came out of the bathroom and could see them all through the double doors into the garden.

‘The garden was full of cows, jumping around and charging at each other, obviously all stressed, and when they’re stressed their tails go up and the liquid [manure] flies out the back end.

One nosy cow was even pictured ogling them through the living room window while others were queuing outside the property waiting to get in 'as if it was a nightclub'

One nosy cow was even pictured ogling them through the living room window while others were queuing outside the property waiting to get in ‘as if it was a nightclub’

Tyler and brother Mason Findlay, 12, were in fits of giggles watching the giant creatures take over their garden as Mrs Hooper's husband Christopher tried to herd them out

Tyler and brother Mason Findlay, 12, were in fits of giggles watching

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Researchers discover both good and bad kitchen habits in different European countries

Every year, 5,000 Europeans die from diseases contracted from food. Researchers visited people’s homes and discovered both good and bad kitchen habits in different European countries.

Most of us know that we have to be careful about hygiene when preparing raw chicken. We should wash the utensils and our hands after handling chicken, and we should wash or use a different chopping board before chopping the vegetables for the salad.

There is a lot happening at the same time in the kitchen, and it is not always easy to remember to follow good hygiene advice.

‘We have to remember that cooking is a complex social practice that is based more on routinised habits than on food safety advice’, says Researcher Silje Skuland at Consumption Research Norway (SIFO), OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.

Together with researchers in Norway, the UK, France, Portugal and Romania, she has mapped the shopping, hygiene and cooking habits of 75 European households. This is part of the big European research project SafeConsume, which is concerned with reducing the risk of foodborne diseases in private kitchens.

Everything you want to know

The work has resulted in an 800-page-long report on ‘everything you want to know about how food safety is addressed in everyday lives’, down to the smallest details.

Some of the questions the report answers are:

How do we wash lettuce? How and how often do we wash our hands? How do we wash our knives, chopping boards and other utensils? How do we transport, store and prepare our food? How do culture, habits and access to goods determine what we buy and how we prepare our food?

Comparisons between the five countries give the researchers knowledge about what food habits lead to the spread of bacteria and parasites.

Not just up to the consumers

WHO has determined that 23 million Europeans become ill and 5,000 die each year as a result of bacteria, parasites, allergens or toxins in food. Food’s journey from retail to fork has not been the subject of much research.

Skuland emphasises that consumers are not the only ones responsible for this.

‘It’s not the consumers’ fault that the food they buy in the shop contains Campylobacter bacteria or listeria. There is a tendency these days for consumers to be given the responsibility for fixing both environmental problems and public health challenges,’ says Skuland.

Skuland believes the food should already be safe when it ends up in our shopping bags. However, after the point of purchase consumers can minimise the risk by avoiding contamination and cooking meat well. 40% of cases of foodborne illness are caused by in the domestic setting.

Multitasking and cooking

The researchers went along when people did their shopping and followed them home to their kitchen where they prepared a meal of chicken and fresh vegetables. The goal was to find out how food was handled on its way from the shop to the table, which has

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Discover The Great Things About The Shower Screen In Your Bathroom

It’s a private area. A spot of solitude and relaxed, a place where you can allow the anxiety of the day wash away literally from you. The bathroom is more than just a room for doing your daily grooming practices. When attired in the perfect way, it can be a relaxing area and a cause to boost up your property’s value. So you’ll need to make the best choices with regards to your furnishings and tiles if you’re constructing or remodeling the area. Another thing to consider is including shower screens. Developers are discovering that incorporating this feature gives several advantages other than peace and improved property worth.

From a design viewpoint, this feature could look much better in your bathroom compared to customary shower curtain. Installing clear glass screens can create the illusion of space in a smaller bathroom. If the bathroom area is so small that the shower is above a bath tub, a clear glass screen in the shower that slips out can provide you with the option of showering with the screen or bathing without the screen.

If you’re looking for something a bit more attractive than the minimalist look of clear glass, you can select frosted or colored screens which are ideal for those personal, steamy shower periods. Contemporary glass screens also come laminated in colourful arty designs and stickers of inventive illustrations like florals and abstract designs. The design you select will naturally depend on the overall style of your bathroom.

Apart from the design advantage of a shower screen, the trendy accessory for your bathroom creates functional advantages too. For one, it can secure the water in your shower area keeping your entire bathroom dry. This is particularly important for bathrooms that have little ventilation and for families with kids who have fun with splashing about in the shower. Wet areas can make a several troubles such as the invasion of termites. Using a screen installed in your bathroom can keep the area free from going wet for long time.

To guarantee the durability of your shower screen, get in touch with an expert to set up. A professional installer guarantees that you’ll be capable to use the bathroom feature for as a number of years as possible. The installer will evaluate your bathroom and find out which parts are necessary to make sure that it suits just right without making any spaces for the water to slip out.

A shower screen may appear basic enough but it gives a number of benefits. It improves the style aspect of your bathroom. It creates little spaces seem spacious. It maintains what is often a wet room, dry and resistant to any damage due to wetness. So complete the design and feel of your bathroom. Have an expert to install a shower screen now.…

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