Saturday, 29 August 2009

The Early Bird

While putting out food this morning, this little chap came to say hello.. certainly the tamest and most un-bothered robin we've had so far.

The Early Bird
Taken at only 4 feet with a Canon 250mm @ f5.5
(should have been slightly bigger aperture but he got me so excited I forgot to bracket!)

Sunday, 23 August 2009


well Im absolutely exhausted.. finished at mothers today after driving all the way to devon and back yesterday to get the rest of Kerry's things from storage. We took advantage of hiring the van and cleared the non burnable rubbish from mothers patio area.. old CB aerials from when I was a boy! and 2x 17 year old car batteries. Took it all up the tip so its all out the way now thankfully.

I still have alot to do here next week before work starts the week after.. sometime through this I need to try to do some proper planning for teaching as well! who knows when Ill fit that in!

We're going to bed at about 9 every night at the moment.. straight to sleep usually too.

Was nice to sit in the garden with a cup of tea this evening and watch the family of greenfinches having their dinner. The baby is the size of his/her parents now but still not coming into full colour. They disappeared almost entirely during nesting so its lovely to see them back, and in greater numbers. I have a feeling that we shall have very good numbers during the winter.

Some of the baby goldfinches have started to roost on the feeder during the day.. its covered with a rain cowl and under the dense foliage of the smoke bush tree, so they seem to feel quite safe. Its very often you see them perching there just looking around and not eating anything. Its satisfying that they feel safe to do that.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Baby Goldies
Arent they just adorable?? the bottom one was having trouble retaining balance while working out how to feed... it was quite funny!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

the finished patio

the house looks twice as wide now, not to mention its not as dark as a cave inside any more! Much more sellable now. Most people had been put off by the garden access.. and probably alot of things they didnt realise such as light levels.

we built the patio wall out of stone reclaimed from the garden about 25 years ago, which is when we paved it. Its made of lime and sandstone. Amazingly the pointing was still intact!

Quite proud of my steps really. Not quite finished yet, a little bit of tidying up to do and I want to rebuild a little of the inside edge wall.

This is the jasmine mother planted 20 years ago. the main base of the trunk is about 4 inches thick. I left it in as its quite a feature.

the stonework looks lovely.. even wet

Sunday, 16 August 2009

the biggest most out of control Jasmine in the UK? possibly

there's a patio wall 1 meter behind the leaning fence posts, and a boundry fence a further meter behind that. This was one small jasmine plant trained on a hoop that I gave mother around 20 years ago.. its now 12 feet high, and 35 feet long and has killed a leylandii hedge... its a monster. we estimate it to have layered itself maybe 20 times along its length and in places the stems are over an inch thick... half-hardy? yeah ok.

the dangerous steps and undergrowth before clearing. this used to be an amazing patio and garden before Mother lost quite a lot of mobility due to arthritis.

Ill post post-operative pictures once we're finished.. thats if Im not killed by tigers or pigmy tribal warriors beforehand.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Quince Honey Farm

On our way back from a Devon wedding planning weekend, we stopped by at Quince Honey Farm. Amazing place where you can see working hives of all shapes and sizes.

Post Box Top
Post Box Top

Brick Wall
Brick Wall


Post Box
Post Box

Thursday, 6 August 2009

BBQ Summer

BBQ Summer
Another burger anyone?

Sunday, 2 August 2009

couple of new pics

Just a few shots really :) for some reason the butterflys were staying put this morning which was great!

Peacock Butterfly
Peacock Butterfly


Saturday, 1 August 2009

an unbaffled squirrel

Mrs Nutkins showed amazing acrobatic skills by totally defying the baffle on the feeder today... to be quite honest.. if shes capable of this, shes welcome to the seed!!

squirrel antics