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Posted: 16/01/2015 at 12:49

what a lovely idea


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 11:49

Cheesy-Leaky-Potato Thingy is one of my family famous recipes (named by my son when he was young) I'll share if anyone wants.

Thanks for the heads up on the Dunnock Fairygirl, you are exactly right!  What a lovely little thing it is too. Also thanks for the bottle tips, I shall certainly be going in that direction to keep the Clematis happy and Flynn out of the dog house.

Well rain stopped play here, round two in the garden was Flynn-less since he was napping but then OH said he was asking to come with me but the rain was quite heavy. Just enough time for me to tidy up some ivy before being relegated to my pooter chair


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 10:38

P.S I saw a robin in the garden today and also a little brown bird that wasn't a sparrow that I think was a wren. How lovely


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 10:36

That'll be nice BL

Chin up Fairygirl

and I can imagine the brood KEF all gorgeous little scruffs

Weather permitted a tidy up this morning. Still clearing away the blackspot leaves, adding dead material to the compost heaps and checked over my plants in the cold frames. Exciting times as I have several Clematis cuttings sans labels so...gonna have to wait on identifying those.

Need to protect the base of newish and newly planted Clematis this year as Flynn loves dashing about and most of mine are not those thickest stems that take care of themselves yet so...I asked OH for something similar to what keeps rabbits off the trees and he suggested a cut up coke bottle...not a bad idea eh?

Want to get back out in a bit, dig up the last of my leeks for cheesy-leeky-potato thingy that I do and clear raised veg beds for dismantling

Flynn might stay indoors next time...I think I wore him out.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:33

Hahaha, nice one Dove answer to your question which I took so long to write...Fritillary manage to say hello and feed her cows as well

P.S sorry about the cows Fritillary...I'll shut up now


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:31

Okay, re blackbirds...this article

is a great explanation for any who were wondering...

I was both right and wrong

Scandinavian blackbirds come here for the winter, but on the whole, our UK blackbirds do just fine all year round. so KEF...keep doing what you're doing. they love it!


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 06:25

I am Dove

Flynn's an early riser

Have a lovely christening Panda

and re the Blackbirds, I am pretty sure of my knowledge as I seem to recall Mr Packam delivering this info on spring watch one time. I used a very poor version of the metaphor that he used, although the blackbird chick that can be identified as stumpy, maybe they don't migrate when young or perhaps...just perhaps they know where they've got it good

TBH, scientists and bods of all general instruction tell us what they've learnt and we accept it but really, isn't there always room for exceptions to the rule? Humans don't all travel to the same holiday destination at the same time every year, we don't all wear the same clothes or do the same things. Obviously birds are a species of fewer needs but there must be the odd occasions when nature doesn't call? 


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 15:56

I saw my first blackbird sighting in the garden today, I wonder if it's our regular or the ones that migrate here over winter from further north. I read once that blackbirds and robins do a sort of mini musical gardens when they migrate, each bird choosing a slightly warmer clime to their own, so our UK birds fly to France whilst we get the Norwegian ones so to speak, and then swap back in Spring. So my regular Mr and Mrs Blackbird become Mr and Mrs Ssvartfugl for the winter

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:41

Stay safe on your adventures Marion!

Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 08:17

I've got both types growing in my garden, E.pauciflora is close to the house and slower growing and more spreading than the E.Gunnii. I planted that one in the bottom garden and have been training it into a suitable shape for pollarding. I would just coppice but I bought it especially for height in that location...and fast growth. Boy can it grow, about six foot last year.

It's getting its first pollard in febuary

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