Visiting Birds

My mum and dad bought me a bird feeding station. Basically a pole that you can hang feeders from and a dish for water and a wire dish for mealworms etc.

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I’ve put it out at the front so I can see it through the kitchen window. I have wanted a bird table type thing for a while and I am really loving having it and watching all the birds. We are getting quite a few and I’ve had my bird book out, because we had a little visitor that I didn’t recognise.

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This is my little book, it used to be my Grannies and I remember looking at it when I was little.

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We’ve had quite a few different birds coming for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I’ve tried to get some photos, which was a bit awkward sometimes. I’ll share some with you…

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Here’s Mr Bluetit, we have a lot of Bluetit’s visit.

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Here we have 2 birds, and I’m not sure if one of them is a Great Tit, we have had a Great Tit come but I can’t remember if this is him or not.

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Can you see this one on the terracotta pot? I’m not sure what this one is, as I couldn’t see it’s markings enough to look it up in my book. It’s probably just a female blackbird, but I did think it was a bit small for one of those, I could be wrong, I’m by no means an expert!

We have a lot of Robins, but I’ve never been able to get a photo of one, even though they are the bravest ones, who don’t fly off as soon as they see movement in the window. We’ve also had a Coal Tit and a Long Tailed Tit comes all the time, but again I’m never quick enough, or I’m busy doing other things when I see it, to get a photo. I’ll keep trying though and hopefully I’ll get one eventually. There has been another visitor who I’ve not been able to identify, I am hoping he visits again so I can get a photo and perhaps find out who he is. I will let you know.

Hope you had a lovely weekend, it was really warm and sunny here and we spent both days doing work in our garden and it was lovely.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you can call back soon, take care E x

 

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All Together Now… Awwwww

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Yes, we have babies here at Well Lane Cottage, of the fluffy variety. Mum is Delia and we got her with 6 others runner ducks from my friend, H, who had a neighbour complain about them and her landlord said she had to get rid of them. We were of course more than happy to have them come and live with us and our lone drake, Cecil, was very happy to have some company of his own species. Delia collected 7 eggs in her nest that she made in the polytunnel and has sat on them, not letting anyone get near them, until they hatched out yesterday. Today H came over and we made her a proper nest in one of our little coop’s, so she’s a bit safer and warmer.

Would you like to see some more? OK here you go…

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There are 7 and they are all really strong and when we went up they were all waddling up the garden in a row, unfortunately I’d not got my camera, which is such a shame cause it was super cute. I’ve always wanted to hatch ducklings and it’s happened now without really planning it. Delia has definitely done a very good job and surprised us all.

Thanks for stopping by, take care E x

 

Love, Love, Love it

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This gorgeous rose is in the front yard and has had a few buds on over the last few weeks. They don’t last long as it’s next to the wall right where the dog jumps up so she’s constantly brushing past and the petals end up falling off. But I got a photo of this one and actually it seems (fingers crossed) to be escaping the dog, so we might have this beautiful bloom around for a while longer. I think it’s called ‘Charlotte’ and was an offer in Country Living Magazine a few years ago from David Austin Roses. I think I will eventually move it up to the top garden, when that’s been sorted.

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Little Man got some packets of Lego from my brother the other day. He was so happy and made them all up by himself, he was playing with them all day and took them to bed. Next day┬áhe brought them all downstairs, carefully broke them all up and proceeded to re-make them. Little C was ‘helping’ and kept taking bits to play with, it all got a bit shouty and I had to step in (sometimes they can resolve it without my interference and I do try to let them do that a little bit). Little C had been playing with a certain Lego man and had now lost it and Little Man was very upset and was looking everywhere. I started helping, looking under sofa cushions etc. I asked Little C where he’d put it and he said in his welly boot, we went to have a look but nothing. We didn’t find the Lego man and Little Man was still upset and I couldn’t think of anywhere else to look. I then had a light bulb moment, I suggested he made a ‘missing ‘ poster. I explained that if someone loses their dog or cat they make a ‘missing’ poster and stick it on lamp posts, so people can look out for their pet and contact them if they find it. He did cheer up at this idea and I let out a sign of relief that I’d made the situation better. Little Man loves drawing and colouring and he got out his paper and pens and drew the Lego man and then asked what he should write, we can up with a simple message and it was stuck on the cupboard on the living room. I love it so much, I love his drawings they are so imaginative and I’m sure he’s got more talent than I did when I was 5.

Lego man is still missing, D had a good look when he got home and had no luck either, I just hope we find it before Henry (Hoover), because like I tell the boys, Henry really likes to eat Lego!

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This was yesterday’s project, I really do just have the biggest smile when I look at this, I’ve got to put it on display somewhere because it’s so good.

We went into our local town yesterday afternoon, I love just wandering around, popping into some shops, there is such a variety. The boys were pretty well behaved, I’ve not really done this sort of trip before with Little C out of his pushchair and it wasn’t too manic. Anyway I needed to get some cream cleaner from Wilkos so we were going up and down the aisles, (cause I couldn’t remember where it was!) and as I find it Little Man is calling to me from the end of the aisle that he wanted a wooden spoon. I walked back up and he is indeed pointing to a wooden kitchen spoon. OK I said you can have a wooden spoon, he picked one up and started chattering on about making something with it, unfortunately I missed most of it cause Little C had started asking me, in his rather loud voice if he could have a wooden spoon, ‘yes, you can’. I never knew buying them a wooden spoon each would make them so happy, if only I’d known sooner!

We got home and immediately Little C is out in the front yard with his wooden spoon digging up the sand and stones, as happy as Larry. Little Man on the other hand took his inside, he got out his paper and crayons and asked to borrow my scissors. Then he drew around the spoon and was cutting out the shape, it went wrong and he did it again, very carefully but again when he went to cut it he couldn’t control the scissors well enough and made a mistake again. He got very upset and I went over and got him another piece of paper, got him to draw round the spoon again and then cut it out for him. Happy again he carried on, I had to stop watching him at this point as I was busy doing house wifey things. Next thing he comes up to me and produces the finished spoon, I couldn’t believe what he’d done. I love that he’s taped the front legs on the front and the back legs behind and then the tail sticking out, with those stripes on it. I love the little ears and mouth he’s drawn and cut out to stick them on and I am so proud of him for making it and thinking about making it all by himself. I love that it shows how he’s growing up and my Little Man might not be that little for much longer, but I’m going to make sure I savour every minute and that’s another reason I love this blogging malarky. I love that I’ll be able to look back on this in a few years time and see that tiger spoon and remember the day that Little Man made it, I just Love, Love, Love it.

OK I realise that was a very waffley post and quite word heavy, I’m sorry, I hope you’ve not fallen asleep and you will come back tomorrow when I’m hoping to show you some progress on my wavy hooking and also show you some photos of a wonderfully, colourful, yarny delivery.

Have fun, take care, E x

Gloomy Rain Clouds

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The weather turned last week, it’s still not improved. The sun has gone away and taken the glorious blue sky with it. The boys have been going a little stir crazy, although we have managed a few quick walks in between the downpours, they haven’t been able to play outside like normal and the tv has been on far too much. I’m hoping for sunshine very soon!

The wet, gloomy, grey weather made me think of lighting our Rayburn again, it’s usually mid October, when it drops too cold in the evening, when we decide to light it. I looked over at the lovely red range in our kitchen and realised it was looking a bit dull and cluttered, so I set about on another tidying mission.

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Now imagine the before photo (which I forgot to take!) with pans being stored on the top and chopping boards leaning against the back, dust over all of it and loads of rubbish, things without a home, stuffed down the side. It was one of those things that justs get overlooked, “where can I put this, oh I’ll just put it down the side of the Rayburn for now”, the ‘for now’ obviously turns into forever! It’s been like that and getting worse since we stopped using it about May time. So something had to be done. I took everything out from down the side and vacuumed it all. Put things where they should go, the pans are in cupboards and a frying pan can live in the Rayburn oven while it’s not lit. All the paper we save for lighting it, I put in a bag and a couple of bits of wood neatly next to it. A pot with a cleaning brush and the poker hidden away at the back. Then I set to cleaning it up. Lots of elbow grease a steel scourer, toothbrush and black hands later, it looked like new (well nearly new) and I felt so much better for doing it.

Obviously you can tell there are a few things missing, things D hasn’t finished yet. A false ceiling needs putting in above the Rayburn and a spotlight putting in so it’s no so dark. Also need the plug socket and light switch putting in and a shelf in the gap next to the Rayburn, but we are so pleased how it’s worked out. I’ll show you more photos of the kitchen renovation in another post. I’m busy gathering all the photo’s together so I can get them all in order and take you through everything we’ve done.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my little hanging baskets, I want to add some trailing plants, maybe some ivy. But they add some colour for now, which is definitely needed against that grey, cloudy sky.

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Hope the weather where you are is better, but if not, lets make the most of staying inside more and hope the sun comes and dries us out very soon.

Have fun and take care. E x