Sunday, 25 September 2016

Bird visitors

I love birds, of any variety, even noisy magpies ( and we have LOTS of those along our road). The challenge we have is the starlings who insist on nesting in our mailbox. The first year, they got away with it, but the mess and stench and inconvenience was rather too much. Last year we managed to dissuade them by removing every twig and blade of grass as soon as it arrived.

This year, they are not to be deterred, so I have resorted to desperate measures


I had hoped to find a larger stuffed toy, but this was what was available this morning at our local charity shop. He may be replaced by a larger dog/cat/dinosaur when I can find one.

One visitor who is always welcome is our pheasant. The photo is blurred because I took it on 48 x zoom before my first coffee of the day, so there is a bit of camera shake.


I wish he wasn't so shy, but I do understand the conditioning he has to sticking to the bushes and hedgerows. Not likely to get shot at that way, except by a caffeine deprived photographer!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Today is the day for swag!

We went to a new place for coffee this morning next to a local garden centre. Right in the middle of a cafe was a table with several buckets of foliage for sale. I came away with a bouquet that they were selling off to raise funds for the local village school. I couldn't believe my luck as there were more flowers than foliage and all for the price of a large latte!


Thinking that this was my surprise "find" for the day, blessing number one was followed by another. A friend who I met when I lived in E. Europe sent me a package. I knew what the content was, or at least I thought I did. In addition to the item I was expecting was a selection of lace and braid which she was sharing with me from her mother's collection. I was so chuffed. Crafters are very generous and this really gave me some inspiration to "build" more fairy accommodation!


And finally, an odd "blessing". In a fit of weeding frenzy (got to do it when I feel well enough), I came across this tree stump wearing the most amazing leathery type fungus at its base. Sadly not edible, but very pretty.

Making

It's been a while since I have had the energy or motivation to make things just for the fun of it. But today was the day. A Lebanese friend of some 20 years standing trusted me with a sweet recipe that was from a beloved aunt, so I made that. They are supposed to be date balls, but I shaped them more like kibbe.


Last week I bought some beautiful felt offcuts at an embroidery shop in Wellington. I needed some for making my Russian dolls, but suddenly felt inspired to make something else. As I like to think there are fairies at the bottom of our garden, I thought I would sew a cottage for one of them. This is my first attempt at fairy "architecture"!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Spring minus 3

It isn't officially the first day of spring, but this is my first time out in the garden to explore a bit. It will take several days to tidy up after the winter. Hubby is out mowing with strict instructions not to "overdo" it.


No takers yet on the new desirable residence hanging from the Empress tree, but there is time.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Moggies of a different kind

My dad collected Morris Minors. He had a number over the years, and at one point owned three and would borrow a fourth, if he needed it for wedding taxiing.

Today, there was a show of vintage cars in our local town, so we hot foot down there. I was entranced to find the twin of my student car, Sofie (so called because it was like driving a sofa). Here she is:


Much as I have hankered after getting another Moggie to putter around in, reluctantly I have had to admit with back and knee issues, I may be able to get into one, but changing gear and getting out of it may be prohibitive!

We shared a few stories with exhibitors. So many cars are "found" here, stuck in sheds on remote farms, being used as chicken coops or adapted to become muck spreaders or hay haulers. Then they are lovingly restored to their former glory with a coil of 8 gauge wire!


NB the yellow lady has eyelashes!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Happy place

It doesn't take much to put me in a happy place. The process is to clean the house, make a nice meal then spend time with people. Unfortunately these days, the energy involved to do this is much greater than it used to be, so the recovery zone afterwards is greater too. No matter, it is always worth it.

So a few pictures to illustrate my happy place this week.


African visitors from Rwanda and Uganda


Introducing the visitors to friends


Making Swedish biscuits to offer African friends on arrival


Spotting ten tuis in our cherry tree, which has blossomed a month early


Followed by coffee today on the way to a charity fabric sale. The bag of swag was truly wonderful and made me grin all the way home.

And finally, what post would be complete without at least one cat photo