Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Babysitting



When I am Rich I will install a bird nursery in my lovely garden – a safe enclosure where parent birds can leave their little fledglings, and I won’t have to worry about them.

Baby house sparrow



 
Over the last few days I’ve had baby blackbirds, starlings, house sparrows, hedge sparrows, robins and goldfinches in my tiny garden.



Baby robin

I know their mums and dads won’t be too far away, but I can’t help watching them just in case a cat or magpie comes along, or they go out on to the road, or they fall off the fence and can’t fly up again …






  And I thought my babyminding days were finished!

Time for Dad to take over!


Monday, 30 May 2016

I love you, but …



I’m constantly delighted by the number and variety of birds that manage to find their way into my small backyard, and I’m usually happy to encourage them by supplying them with food and water. But sometimes I wonder if I’m being a bit too kind.
   
Picture the scene …

It was a fine, sunny day so, after doing the usual weekly wash, I decided to wash some curtains as well. I couldn’t fit everything on the two washing lines strung across the yard but I solved that problem by taking a clothes horse outside and draping some items over that. Then I left it all to dry while I went out for the afternoon.

Glancing through the window when I came back, I noticed some dark streaks down a white towel. I might not have minded too much if it had only been one towel but, on closer inspection, I found that almost all my washing was streaked, spotted and splashed with bird poo!

From the size and quantity I’m pretty sure I know who the culprit was.

Who, me?

It wasn't me!


I’m working on finding a way to make the yard a no-fly area on washing days.
In the meantime, here’s a story about scarecrows
 

Thursday, 7 April 2016

In sync


At last, the weather and nature are agreeing with the calendar.
 


Sunshine, showers, and a woodpigeon cooing outside my bedroom window.

It must be April!
 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Blink and you’ll miss it!


Even on cold, grey days you can catch a glimpse of gold

a view of a sunrise with streak of light showing through dark clouds

– if you get up early enough!




Thursday, 11 February 2016

The best colour for spring


 
Little gleams of gold all over my garden.



I must be Rich!




(I do like the blues and purples too, but gold holds the promise of some much needed sunshine.)


Monday, 4 January 2016

A frugal start

How much did I have to spend to ensure my New Year was happy?

Well, I didn’t need a spectacular firework display, crates of champagne or a lavish party.

But I did treat myself to a lovely new diary (£2.50) and a pack of coloured pens (£1.00).


I’m going to be so organized this year.

I might even get Rich ...

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Merry Christmas!


Wishing you a Happy Christmas,
 Jolly Holidays 
 and a Wonderful New Year!


 My next post will be in 2016.
 (Is it just me, or does that sound impossibly far in the future?)