Latest posts by Dovefromabove


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 15:54

DD, I think that with only children, especially if there are frequently a lot of adults around, he/she can somehow take on the role of 'entertainer' - and sometimes the 'performance' can go a little far ... not sure what to do about that one other than make sure they get to spend plenty of time with their peers, which you do, and make sure they know that whilst it's nice to be sociable, it's not their job to keep the adults amused


Helping birds win prizes

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 15:46

Mine have dreams of swapping the bird bath for a hot tub


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 14:30

Sweet dreams Pat - hope you're feeling much better by tomorrow

Bird feeding

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 13:12

Sunflower hearts are very popular with a wide range of garden birds.  You can also get special mixes of seed and insects which are for robins and wrens and other insectivorous birds.

As Treehugger says, wheat seems popular with pigeons and ducks but not with smaller birds. 

Birds are often quite wary of new feeders, and like to hide in nearby bushes to make sure there are no predators around that will pounce while they're feeding, so place your feeders near to shrubs/bushes/trees. 

A wide shallow bowl of water for bathing will often attract more birds than food initially - they need to bathe and keep their feathers in good order to keep up good insulation.

Enjoy your bird watching.

Have you signed up for the Big Garden Birdwatch in a couple of weeks?


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 10:56

Brrrrrrrrr!!!  More snow here earlier but blue skies at the moment.  I have to pop into the village in a bit and I'll just check the garden for loose lagging etc.  Otherwise I plan a lazy day ... tomorrow we'll be up early and on the train to London - meeting up with Foodie Friends for a Feast and a lot of nattering - think temperatures around Soho will rise - there'll be a lot of hot air around

Glad you're getting organised BL   If you're in the area and looking for good food check this one out  We used to eat there regularly for special occasions etc when I lived that way - (it had a Michelin star back then) .  New people took it over a while back and it took a while to get going, but I've heard recently that it's really good again now. 


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:45

Stephen Fry and David Attenborough ..............

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:24

Oh poo, it's not working - it's supposed to throw the snowball with its tail ... you'll have to imagine it.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:21


Plant labels

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:15

I labelled my patches of different snowdrops .............. then OH mulched over them


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:07

Keep warm Fg ((hugs))

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