Latest posts by Fairygirl


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 08:05

Clari - large a*** I think 

Work for me now. Flippers needed maybe?

Have a good day everyone  


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:58

My hatches are well battened Dove - rain battering the windows though 

Hosta - I have a recommendation for the next holiday - 'Dull'  near Aberfeldy. It's twinned with - 'Boring' in Oregon   

It always makes me giggle when I drive that road. It was nice and snowy and Christmas card-y, the  weekend before last  

Big Garden Birdwatch 2016

Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:52

B'cup - I think you've highlighted the real problem with the birdwatch. I reckon they should get keen feeders/watchers to do a different survey - perhaps over a whole weekend or even longer. Two or three half hours over the weekend or something. I think you can log other animals/visitors you've seen in the garden, but I can't remember if you can add occasional bird visitors.

There are loads of woodpeckers in this area, as we have woodland nearby, but they don't always visit gardens on a regular basis. That means it could look as if there are none. Lots of goldcrests (lots of conifers) but you don't always see regularly them either 


Posted: 26/01/2016 at 07:46

Morning /afties all. A vile morning as B'man said - glad you're ok too 

chicky - exams -   Good luck to chicklet. I'm sure she'll be fine

Hosta - you'd have been netter staying at home I think. 

Just read Ggirl's post re her pots. Aren't people utterly lousy sometimes 

Pond ice prevention

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 18:32

Polystyrene works for me. I use two pieces that had been round a spherical item. Joined them together (with the curved 'space' downwards towards the pond surface) and tied it to a timber edge with string. Stops it disappearing down the road on a windy day.

The air gap is the best bit about it 

Bird feeders

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 17:13

Some great advice re siting of feeders and types of suitable food etc.

I had one of those metal/wire peanut feeders at one time that looked a bit like a sunflower, with the centre as the container. Birds hated it. Had to take the nuts out as they went mouldy. Put an ordinary one up - nuts disappeared at usual speed. 

Some birds are adaptable - my robins happily eat out of the hanging feeder inside a cage, but if you have mainly ground feeders, you may have to be patient with the hanging type. Also - check that the food isn't clogged up inside and has got wet and mouldy. Some of them are a very bad design.

Protection (cover) is definitely a big factor. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 17:07

Lovely to 'see' you W'song  

I could almost have gardened today having come home from work - it's still light...just! 



Posted: 25/01/2016 at 12:51

Hosta - I'm thinking of calling myself that from now on -  'food and beverage director' 

To paraphrase Catherine Tate's 'Nan' character ' worra load of old s***'. Think that sums up your hotel fairly appropriately. 

Wonks - I think you were right about confronting the noisy neighbours. Good for you. People just take the p***. 

Windy here more than wet but I think it's coming later. 

BL  - I finally got round to planting some extra little allium bulbs yesterday.  I bought them in October....

Only have a summer weight duvet on all winter, but this is a small, well insulated house. Didn't have the heating on last night after half five, apart from half an hour at about nine. Very strange, but last year we had a very wet, cold, long winter and spring never arrived till May, so can't get complacent. It was still snowing regularly on the hills in May.  I tried to buy another warm jacket last week - shops are full of skimpy tops    


Posted: 25/01/2016 at 08:05

Off to t'mill now - have a good day everyone 

walnut tree

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 08:03

The 'right to light' thing is a bit of a myth, so don't be bullied into something without getting the correct info Tina.

Nicky - I think Tina has removed the leylandii rather than just cutting back - so that's what mr nitpicker next door has the hump about! 

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