Shrinking Violet

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Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:45

That sound quite an emotional experience JC.  Even though I know that the greys in this country truly are a pest, if one runs out onto the road in front of me, I automatically hit the brakes, and couldn't contemplate doing anything other than trying to avoid it.

The same could be said of pheasasnt, which are numerous at this time of year in rural areas where pheasant shoots take place during the winter.  They may be members of the peacock family, but they behave like the cartoon roadrunner - hurtling along the road in front of the car, trying to outrun it, and obviously failing on many occasions, given the corpses to be seen from previous traffic!

They are beautiful birds (well, the males are at least).  They used to visit my previous garden, one regular earning the name of Phillip the Pheasant!  When he didn't come any more I had to assume that the shoot had finally got him

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:38

Oh, dear:  I hesitate again to post on here!  When it seemed that perhaps some exchanges had the potential to get a little warmed up (ie not yet heated, but could have been) I tried to lighten the mood.  For some that was OK and there was a lively exchange of desires for twiglets etc when watching SCD.

It wasn't all in vain, I hope.  I think that we have to remember that the programme is entertainment first and foremost, with some wonderful dance choreography and costumes thrown in for good measusre.

People like Frank can comment with a degree of authority on the dancing;  others may be dazzled by the spectacle.  None of us is privy to professional dancers or celebrities' motivations in either taking part in the show or leaving prematurely.

That's all.  No need to go on the attack or be on the defensive.  We all have a right to our own opinion.  We have an obligation to think of others in life in general and especially when indulging in the blunt tool of the written word on a message board. ie nuances of body language and facial expression are absent.

On the big plus side, I can hardly wait for tonight's SCD.  I want to be entertained.  I want to be dazzled.  I want to enjoy the whole bloomin' experience!   And I will!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:25

I haven't been bothered by squirrels up until now.  Trouble is, they are just so cute, it's hard to remember that they are rodents that cause enormous damage to trees in general, and saplings in particular, as well as transmitting squirrel pox which has proved fatal to the native reds.

But today at lunchtime, sitting down to watch the news on TV, we heard a repeated banging noise on the French windows.  I couldn't believe it:  a grey squirrel was repeatedly running at the glass, presumably thinking that it was  a clear passage to our dining room!  Like you, JC. I didn't have my camera!

Gardens and Parks with Autumn colours

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 22:15

Westonbirt Arboretum is hard to beat  but it's a bit out of the way from Sheffield Park to Gloucester!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:56

All this sweet stuff and choc does nothing for me:  now, a lovely cheese, some nutty nibbles and a glass of anything alcofrolic (tho' preferably red:  not port at this stage of the proceedings, though:  a bit heavy!) and I'm anyone's! (or so OH says . . . . )

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:40

Fight, fight, fight!!

Now, now ladies:  form an orderly queue, please, and don't be greedy:  leave something for those other unfortunates behind you!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:19

Ore doin' a Jive!  What's not to like? 

Legs!  Oh how I wished and wished that I had legs up to my armpits!  (They seem to have stopped at me knees, and the older I get, the less attractive the cellulite becomes!)

Oh, well - rejoice in those physically blessed.  Enjoy the dancing - and don't forget, long legs can sometimes be an ungainly disadvantage (or so I keep my spirits up by telling myself!)

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 20:05

Twiglets are little sticks coated in Marmite, I believe,  Not sure If I can afford them now that . . . . . . . . . Oh, hang on, Tesco/Unilever have reached an agreement so reckon that's all OK now.  So if they can do it - so can we all???

Crumbs!  Hot choc pouring sensuously over Frank as he watches tomorrow night.  Phwoooaarh!!!

(I'll have what he's having, thank you very much! )

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 19:36

"My" robin sits in the tree and warbles to his heart's content - staking claim to his territory ie our garden, and feeders copiously provided with much-relished mealworms! (And, boy! does he complain if I'm not digging the soil quickly enough for him to pounce on the worms etc that are turned up!)

Coal tits are frequent visitors (along with blue and great-tits) but are rarely shy.  The Long-tailed tits visit as and when the fancy takes them, swooping down mob-handed, chattering excitedly, and then moving on for the next few days/weeks.

We've had blackbirds, but no thrushes thus far.  But we've been here just under a year, and we are just loving encouraging the birds to our feeders.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 19:27

The reason why I sometimes hesitate to post in general and this thread in particular is because it is so easy for feelings to run high, and be expressed in a way that seems to disrespect others.

I am saddened that Will Young has left Strictly; I thought that his Bollywood fusion Salsa was spectacular.  I looked forward to seeing more of his talents, but sadly it is not to be.

I don't read the "redtops" and don't make assumptions.  I just think/hope that we, the audience, can move on.

Personally I thought that Singin' in the Rain was wonderful.  I thought nearly all the dances were beyond expectation at so early a stage in the competition.  I really cannot remember an evening watching the TV that has engaged me so much.

I suggest that we move beyond the personal interpretations (others may very well not agree with me, for example, and that's fair enough) and raise our standards above personal invective.  We love Strictly.  This year's competition seems better than any that have gone before (and I've avidly watched them all)

So - Saturday beckons.  Pick up your popcorn/pizza/canapés/Prosecco/plonk-in-a-box*

Enjoy the dances and keep smiling!!!

*Delete whichever is not applicable

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