Latest posts by Fairygirl

Can I, should I hoe?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 17:07

That's a lot of gusto LG....

I'd agree with Verd - I gently forked a little bit of a main border in the mild pre-Christmas weather, as it was a bit soggy and compacted with the birds. It let air in, and it's now getting a good frosting  

Bird feeding

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 16:57
Mr J wrote (see)

 Black birds love porride oats (flake oats) cost me alot as they eat 25kg in about a month


Greedy bandits - hope you're charging them board and lodgings ... 

I give mine porridge as well - I grind it a bit finer though. All the birds are  currently eating my daughter's gingerbread house - ground in the blender too ! 

Helping birds win prizes

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 15:10

Right now - mine might appreciate legwarmers!


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 15:01

DD- it's a tough gig keeping children in order, but you also have a slightly different home to most other families.  Possibly a bit harder when he's not got other siblings to keep him in line as well!

It's a pity they don't come with an instruction manual...  

Hope Pat is ok. She's had a tough time. Glad chicky's medical went well.  

Do you want a loan of my crampons Dove and BL?

Might need them myself tomorrow though. Heading to Glen Lyon - if the little minor road across to it is open. It's often blocked with snow, so I may need to opt for a different hill. The Arrochar hills look lovely today - clear and sunny weather, so I get a good glimpse of them when I go down the hill to the main road. Even the Campsies have a good dusting - they're on the north side of Glasgow and I can see them coming back from work if there isn't the usual cloud hanging down. 

Better go and get some supplies. Girls are away all weekend ski-ing with their Dad. Think they'll have plenty of snow too!

Bird feeding

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 14:49

I do the same obelixx - if I have the square trays of fat I break them up and put them in the hangers.

Water is vital, as treehugger says.

I buy a robin mix which most of the little birds love, and I add sunflower hearts. The cheap mixes contain a lot of wheat and barley which attracts pigeons, so it's worthwhile getting a better quality 'no mess' mix which doesn't have that.

I currently feed the blackbirds under my bench - I 'barricaded' the sides with mesh and a piece of trellis, just leaving some spaces which everything except the magpies and wood pigeons can access. They get apples too - which they love. Raisins as well. The blackbirds are waiting for me in the mornings - not even daylight and they're sitting on the fence or the shed roof. This is the first winter since I moved here that they've really been in regularly and I now have two definite 'pairs'.  

'If you build it - they will come'...was my theory Ankit  

Another thought - the mild weather through the first part of winter meant that birds weren't needing quite so much food. That could be part of the reason you weren't getting many visitors too. Give it time 


Posted: 15/01/2016 at 08:04

Morning all - hope things pick up for you Pat 

We've managed to miss the snow almost completely but I know it's bad in the borders - Hawick way anyway. Hope B'man is ok. We've just got sub zero temps instead. Didn't even get to 2 degrees in the daytime yesterday Dove. I will reply to your PM when I get home from work....

Not been on much in the last few days - t'interweb has been acting up like mad...think I may need to get a man in... 

Looking forward to snowdrops. 

I'll have a lot of catching up to do. Have a good day everyone - stay warm and frost free 


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 18:43

You can have mine too Dove.... in fact double   


Dividing Clematis

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 18:16


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 17:56

Yvie - I agree with you about those ads.They seem to be more prevalent on certain channels. I also pick and choose where I donate my my hard earned cash. 

I can understand you not caring for porridge. I didn't like it as a child - mainly because of the way my mum made it! I came back to it as an adult and I'm very particular about how I have it...  

Texture of food is such a personal thing - I don't like beans in general  - that grainy thing they have  


Posted: 11/01/2016 at 17:29

LP - hope you're getting the leccy fixed. Need any candles?   

Think Mr B knew he was on borrowed time, judging by his new album. 

No more snow here, but a cold wind Liri - it did try to snow again yesterday afternoon though and I think we might get some in the next few days. A lot on the hills from about tree line level - 1200/1500 feet. North west has got the most because, unusually, the north east has had so much rain due to the direction of the weather fronts. 


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