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First Day Out

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 18:45

My garden is full of LBJs - little brown jobs - and they sing all day long and I adore them.  This morning I saw one of our resident Magpies (grrrrrrrrrrrrr) take off with a young fledgeling and I was in tears...

But, this afternoon these little fellas popped out of the tree one by one and I just had to get them with my camera.  Unfortunately they were in partial shade so the quality isn't great but what a lovely way to spend the afternoon.  And yes, I was in tears again....






 And finally - should I stay or should I go?  It took ages to decide.  Bless.


 Our bird food bill is going up by the second.

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 18:22

Well, the weather has been kind and I was able to get closer to our little feathered friend this afternoon.  These photos really show off the red tail.  I like the last one, even though it is out of focus, just because.....  hope you like them too.



 Do you think mum is rearing the kids all by herself?

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:47

By George I think you've got it !!  Look at this.... (again not my photo) there's the tell tale red bit on the tail. 

 Wow - better than a LBJ any day of the week.  We once had a male sitting on our washing line.  I took a photo and asked around.  He was a very handsome chap but I haven't seen him around this year. 

Will anything benefit from these old pipes?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:40

Thanks Gary but I've already got a great big compost heap which keeps me going.  I will be making the pipes a little more pleasing to the eye shortly and will post up some photos when I'm done.  I can't wait for something to move in

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:28

Hi Kezza,

Thanks for the heads up.  I just looked up Dunnock though and can't see any images of them with that distinctive reddish brown tail.  I know my photo is a bit enhanced but the tail is quite reddy-brown and it's cream on the underside.  If the sun comes out I'll try to get a better photo just to be sure.  I'm not saying it's not a Dunnock though.  Thank you for replying so quickly. 

Funnily enough, the Dunnock images I found look just like what I call my LBJs (little brown jobs) which I thought were tree sparrows. doh!!

This is not my photo by the way.  Hope I'm not breaching any copyright


why is my pond brown and not clear

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 13:14

I asked hubs, who was always a keen pond and fish man (until last year) and he said

- Have you got soil in the pond?  Not a good idea with Koi as they are notorious for digging around and disturbing the soil.

- Are the filters large enough for the amount of water you have and how often do you clean them out and at what level is the water taken from the pond?

- Have you an ultraviolet light in the filter system which kills the algae?

- Have you tried putting your plants in baskets lined with hessian to keep the fish away from the roots?

- How much of the surface area of the pond is shaded by plants?  At least one third should be shaded.

- Do you feed the fish?  Don't leave uneaten food after 10 minutes.

- Do you have visiting ducks?

I think that's enough to be getting on with but if you could give as much information as possible he'll be able to help you.

Shed Theft

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:59

When I hear of things like this I do get upset.  I can't get into the minds of people (and I'll not assume an age) who mindlessly destroy other people's property.  Is it jealousy, vindictiveness or just plain ignorance?  Who knows.

We have six children and they were brought up to respect other people and their property.  We had hard times and our children didn't get things other children had and it was rare to have a holiday yet they are all beautiful adults now.  I'm afraid I believe children are not born bad - they become bad by example and sometimes remain so all their lives.  But, I doubt it will ever change.

Sandra, I suspect you and your fellow gardeners have the mindset to not let this incident spoil the enjoyment you get from your allotments.  I hope so.  Don't let those b***ards win



Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:42

Just for the fun of it I edited my latest post.  I think we all should get out more..................

What is this little bird please?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 12:39

I spend many happy hours watching this little bird bringing home tasty treats for its young but don't know what it is.  I'm not a very good twitcher but I have a garden full of birds. I assume there are two birds in which case they both look the same.

The nest is in a barn, which unfortunately is not ours but is next door and the bird(s) land on our fence while checking the coast is clear.

Quality of picture is poor as I was a fair distance away and have cropped the image a lot and it's a miserable day so I've had to tweak the colour a bit.


creepy crawlies in the soil on the allotment

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 07:40

Oh, I didn't realise the "wormlike beasties" had legs.

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