Category Archives: birds

Windows

On the first Tuesday of each month we meet here to share photos of windows we have spotted. There have been some fascinating entries, I’m really enjoying seeing them. Recent or archive posts are all welcome, just leave a link in the comments.

On a recent walk to the tiny wooden St Catherine’s Chapel, Holworth:

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The graveyard looks out to sea

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as we sat on the grass we were serenaded by what I think was a Goldfinch in the weather-beaten trees. We couldn’t see the bird well enough to identify it, but I have a wonderful free App called ‘Chirp’ that has taught me to identify birdsong and I checked it with that – what do you think? Song of a Goldfinch?

 

On the path down to the beach we noticed that this little cottage had been spruced up with new windows and a new thatched roof, shame they haven’t removed the horrid pebbledash on the walls.thatch

I’m looking forward to seeing a window on your piece of the world. ūüôā

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday: Evening Walk

 

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Glimpses from my walk yesterday evening.

Turn the sound right up to hear the birds and the bees.

Early Evening Birdsong

The birds sound so happy this evening.

I just love seeing how this border is developing.

You can read more about what it used to be like here.

Oooh – edit – I’ve just looked back at how the border was on 8th May – so good to see how everything has grown.

Swan Sunday

Abbotsbury Swannery

We had a magical family day out yesterday at Abbotsbury Swannery.

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Feeding time for swans is at 12 noon and 4pm

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Children are able to go and feed them too.

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There were masses of breeding pairs to see

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and cygnets – awwww!

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baby swans

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There are Go Karts, a Maze, a Quiz, a Playground and a very good restaurant, which all makes for a very good day out.

And – Little Miss M and I added 3.2 miles to our total – 75.2miles completed – target 500 miles

Silly Saturday with Birdy

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Birdy had such a handsome face

In flight he was elegance and grace

As he rested on the beach

He heard a loud screech

Sid Seagull flicked sand in his face.

 

Sid was loud and uncouth

And strutted with the arrogance of youth

Swinging his hips

And gorging on chips

He teased Birdy for being long in the tooth!

 

Birdy challenged Sid to a race

The seagull laughed in his face

With my youth and my size

I’ll easily take first prize

But his boasting was sadly misplaced!

 

As Birdy flew high in the sky

Sid regretted pecking that meat pie

With all the chips and the bread

He felt as heavy as lead

He couldn’t leave the ground if he tried!

 

Birdy was not one to boast

He won doing what he loved most

Flying along with the breeze

Above the crystal blue seas

He loved his life on the coast.

 

Poem by Judy E. Martin

 

Birdy McBirdface hopped in for a brief bit of silliness ……..

Judy’s poem resonates with me as we have a real problem with gulls swooping down to scoff any food you might have about your person and pestering you if you sit on the harbour wall with a juicy handful of fish and chips.

Happy Saturday!

 

Wings

………Continuing to share our lovely bright Winter’s walk around the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, England.

There is a smaller wings sculpture in the South Garden.

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here, viewed from the rampartsWells, Somerset

from where one also gets this glorious view across the Somerset countryside

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you can see the moat below

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There are some videos of the gardens and last year’s cignets here.

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Like us, the swans were basking in the sun

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(Noelle and Alison in the Whispering Gallery)

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And so was a cheeky little robin

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sitting on his favourite posing post

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All of us glorying in that clear blue skysky and the warmth the sun gave us

Noelle suggested this photo of me trying out the wings, it was such a fabulous day our spirits were certainly soaring

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and I must show you Noelle’s marvellous hand-knitted hat and scarf/shawl, which looks like wings to mehandknit hat and scarf

more to come …..

Crochet Owl Motifs

Oh my goodness, Google ‘Crochet Owl Motifs’ and a gazillion options are laid before you.

I am wanting to make ‘Old Brown’ for what I’m now calling the¬†Squirrel Nutkin Woodland Blanket, so I went in search of a pattern.

My go-to site after Attic24 is The Green Dragonfly as I know I can rely on the patterns

This is the Owl Pattern from Bunny Mummy that Green Dragonfly usedcrochet owl motif

Made with Stylecraft Special DK 4.5mm hook, Copper, Walnut and Pistachio with a Mustard beak and Trimit eyes. These eyes are not suitable for attaching to a blanket as their backs stick out too far.

The pattern is cute but not quite big enough for what I have in mind.

I searched some more and came across this little gem!owl, Pinterest

I think the owl for the blanket will have to be more ‘standard’ but I love the quirkiness of Zuzalinkaa’s designs – you can find her on Pinterest.

Even though there are masses of patterns out there, it looks like I might just have to make my own to get exactly what I want, but I’m so grateful for all the wonderful designers out there for the inspiration.

Now I’m off to see what Nanacathy is having a good old natter about this Friday

Paint Party Friday: Birds and other animals

I am extremely proud to present my sister Caroline’s paintings.

She sent me an entry for into our One-A-Week Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt is BIRD, and I knew she had been painting so asked her to send me some pics of her paintings too – Wow! So glad I did

I’m wondering if this magnificent chap will appear in a painting before too long. Caroline tells me she photographed him at¬†Come to Good Farm in Cornwall.

I’m lucky enough to have two sisters, and now they have both appeared on my blog this week: Sue who I am going to Chelsea Flower Show with and Caroline. We are all quite creative, I think we get it from our Mum.

Caroline is on Instagram @clthistlethwaiteart, where you can keep up to date with her latest works, which include silver jewellery as well! She has only just started sharing her work in this way and I know it would give her a tremendous boost you to take a look and leave a message.

She also sells greetings cards and some prints.

I’m joining this post in with Paint Party Friday.

 

Bird

plain grey pelican

diving into the shallows

small fry for breakfast

A joy whilst on Nevis was to watch the pelicans diving near the shore on my early  morning shell hunts

Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge, prompts PLAIN and FAST

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combining it with our One-a-Week Photo prompt for this week of BIRD.

Cathy and I compiled the list for the year, just for fun. Join in as and when you like using new or archive blog posts. We love to see your take on the subjects Рalways a fascinating variety. Leave a link in the comments to be included in the Round-up.

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My entry for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge

Golden Rock, Nevis, Caribbean

We were told that this was the best place to eat on Nevis – what a place.

Gorgeous gardens

fabulous cocktails

Lunch:

sumptuous burger with obligatory Rum Punch for my friend L

and a Conch Chowder for me, (with pink and orange napkins) Yumsk!

Then masses of arty stuff, which was right up my street

side tables made of plastic rubbish set in a solid foam ¬†– now … could I do this with some of my beach finds I wonder???? Hmmmm … must find out more.

I want that green chair!

I want to make that lampshadeHad to go for a sit down – I was getting over excited!

An Antillean Bullfinch came to see if we had any crumbs to spare.

So romantic …….

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spying from my seat

beach activities below

wonderful delight

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Our Photo Challenge Week 15 : LUNCH

Ronovan’s Haiku prompts (10th April): WONDER and SPY

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Two weeks in the Caribbean! Lucky me!

I’m playing catch-up. Thank you so much Cathy for keeping the Photos purring along.

I can’t just leave out the two weeks of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge I missed – not after nearly three years of weekly postings, so I will be catching up with a couple of posts today.

A few more scenes from that balcony – not a bad place to sit and have lunch ūüėČ

Looking towards St Kitts

Pelicans bobbing on the water in the early morning light

diving for fish

the boys going snorkelling

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evening

storm brewing

Click on any photo to see it larger.

I was staying at The Hamilton Beach Villas¬†which were beautiful, but not quite what they promise on their website. No Spa. When we questioned this we were told that they “had got a bit over enthusiastic on their website” !

There seemed to be a lot of that going on in the Caribbean. Often when travelling I have found people tell you what they think you want to hear – anyone else had that experience?

16 for 2016: June

These are the targets I have set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy.

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

7 done, 9 to go.

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One in June: I pondered whether to include my 4 hours spent wandering round the Cerne Abbas Open Gardens and although this was not a straight walk, I ached the next day so I decided to add it. Cheating? Hmm – only me to judge that one – that’s what I love about this challenge!

A few other walks in June but none over an hour – I thought this challenge was going to be easy to fulfil – must get a wiggle on in July!

15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

11 done, 4 to go

I made 2 more in June – both using Duck Tape and a Dymo for retro lettering. I think this is super funky, although I’m not sure my 68 year old friend did! The other card is for Miss E, I wonder what she will think.

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14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

7 done, 7 to go

I added 4 wigs in June. It was a relief to finish these 4 wigs which had been sitting in the W.I.P.s box for far too long.

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13 SWIMS

9 done, 4 to go.

One done in June. Gardening takes over a bit at this time of year.

12 GARDEN POSTS

6 done, 6 to go.

I’m keeping up with the EOMV posts and enjoying recording how one border develops through the seasons.

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

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10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS

6 done, 4 to go

6 in June! Hurray! At last I’m off the starting blocks with this challenge.

I have made six types of bead – 5 using Fimo, one using scrap paper and thread.

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)

3 started, 6 to go

I have made a start on this appliqued bird. It might go in one of the books or be a stand alone work depending on how it turns out.

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8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

3 done, 5 to go.

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The garage has been cleared and sorted, and my stash of beads are now in order.         Before Miss E was born my daughter was making fascinators and I was making beaded embellishments and jewellery to go with them. It was fun creating bespoke items for wedding outfits. I ended up with absolutely masses of beads that have been used intermittently since and got in a right old muddle.

A happy morning was spent sorting so they are now in some sort of order – ooo that feels good!

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)

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6 BUS RIDES (using my bus pass)

2 done, 4 to go

5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED

4 done, 1 to go

So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class.

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

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3 MASSAGES

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2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

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For now I am going to have to stick to crocheting ‚ÄėSquares for Blankets‚Äė, but I am still on the look out for a suitable trip to make.

1 NOVEL READ

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Still 2 false starts, they have to be engaging and happy – difficult to find.

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Thank you Cathy for this inspiration, it is a great motivator.

Winter

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finally

frost stops birds trilling

Winter’s here

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and a sweet tune by Bjork called ‘Frosti’ to accompany the photo and haiku

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Joining Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge

and our Weekly Photo Challenge

Four of us had fun creating the list for this challenge. You can leave a link to your WINTER photo post in the Comments on Rainbow Jane’s blog; Nana Cathy’s blog (she usually posts on Tuesdays);¬†Melissa’s blog, she has a super busy life and posts when she can; or in the comments for this post.

I will sweep them all up for a Review on Sunday sometime after 9am GMT.

If you would like to join the list as a regular contributor then let NanaCathy know and she will post your blog address each week along with all our other regulars.

Next week’s prompt is

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Japan. Day Two 5: Crazy Cats and a Hare in High Heels

……I am so enjoying sharing with you my trip to Japan, here’s the next instalment ……

If you have only just joined in you can read previous posts by clicking on these links:

First evening in Japan ringing the bell

Day Two: 1    Bonsai ,     Day Two: 2     3/5/7 ceremony,  Day Two: 3   shopping,   Day Two: 4   Craft Centre

After the Craft Centre we were back in the coach seeing the imposing modern architecture go byJ1

till we got to the  Amuse Museum

There were many wonderful displays in this Museum, but the exhibition that captured my attention was one of whacky, glitzy, fun paintings by Kaneda Hanaki. I just LOVE them.J5

I didn’t quite know what to think of them at first, I don’t usually go for paintings with animalsJ15

but those grumpy cats got me and wouldn’t let me go!J13

I’m so glad I took so many photosJ6 because the more I look at themJ7 the more I like them – they are funJ9

and ridiculousJ8

and funnyJ10

and crazyJ12

and I felt a little uncomfortable at the time taking all those photos without buying something, but back then I had not really got to the point of loving them enough to take that step. Going through the photos again now, I realise how they have stayed with me and might well inspire some textile work in the future.

This is the one I particularly likeJ11There is something about a hare in high heels! And it is so obviously Japanese as they are both wearing kimonos, and then there is the glitter! Oh I do SO love it.

Writing this post inspired me to email the Museum and ask if this one is still for sale. They got back to me and it is!!!!!

They have spoken to the artist and she will send it to me – I’m very excited! And I am so pleased to be supporting this fabulously talented artist. I’m hoping they will send me some information about her and her work. I’d really like to know the stories behind the paintings.

Crane

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origami cranes

wishes folded into wings

golden thoughts take flight

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Joining in with Ronovan’s haiku challenge.

his prompt words this week are CRANE and GOLD.

serendipity as I discover that the crane is considered a sacred bird in Japan and wishes will be granted to those who fold one thousand origami cranes. I have taken a photo of an origami crane left at a shrine which I will add to this post on my return.

at the moment I can only post photos which I have taken on the iPad.

and it is my birthday today! What a happy day, off to see a Japanese garden and art museum here in Fukuoka before flying to Tokyo.

update: after posting the above, we visited a Japanese garden in Fukuoka and on entry we were given an origami crane for longevity! How magical is that! Can you see the crane in the picture?

Wednesday Walk-Along at the Old Mill

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The Old Mill, Netherbury, Dorset.

Joining in with Wordless Wednesday.

And for somewhere completely opposite, join Mary in Kentucky at Walking My Path

I’d love you to leave a link to one of your walks, could be recent or archive, it would be great to be able to walk-along with you.

Buzzard

Look who came and sat in the oak tree at the bottom of my garden todaybuzzard I thought it was too small to be a buzzard, and luckily I had my camera by my side, so  I took masses of pictures (garn! I need to get a better zoom lens)Hawk flight

look at those wonderful wing markingshawk landhe/she landed on the edge of the field

hawklftand gave me some great shots to identify it as a buzzard. They look much bigger when soaring in the sky.

I like to look in ‘Medicine Cards’ by Jamie Sams and David Carson, when animals make a strong or unusual appearance:

“Hawk may be teaching you to grab an opportunity which is coming your way…or bringing you the message that you should circle over your life, and examine it from a higher perspective. ….. Hawk has a keen eye and a bold heart”

Always good to look at things from a higher perspective.

And as coincidence would have it, a friend shared this on FB today 158378_nnice synchronicity

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Buzzard in oak tree                                                                                                   Surveys the scene with hawk eyes                                                                              Then swoops to the ground

Chaffinch Haiku

This Haiku journey is fantastic! The excitement of learning a new craft and discovering more and more Рand thanks to a wonderful response from Maia to my last post, I am now trying to form the Haiku according to this part of her comment:

“I‚Äôve found that working with another rule has drastically improved my haiku. Traditionally, the first and second lines are supposed to form a complete concept/idea/image/emotion, and the second and third, another. What makes the poem is how they work together. I think I got a piece of that idea in this one:

In the mid-day rain
Three goldfinches bicker
Over damp thistle”

Isn’t that beautiful!

The excitement I feel is the same thrill I get working out a new knitting or crochet pattern, or craft experiment – I feel fireworks of joy going off in my brain, in my synapses, in my toes, fingers and just everywhere! I just had to look ‘synapses’ up to see if I got that right and in the definition was this description:

“When all your synapses are firing, you’re focused and your mind feels electric.”

YES! EXACTLY!

Anyway – here goes

Chaffinch 6

sunrise meets the oak                                                                                              branches in a soft pink glow                                                                                       frame for a chaffinch

 

nearly there?                                                                                                                  Thank you Maia!

Haiku Conversation

I sent my friend (S.M.) my ‘Robin Haiku’ by email. It was she who had told me about Basho’s Haiku. And she replied:

Robin in tree
Sings clearly to sun
Bramble clearing fun

I thanked her by email, and later …. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†maybe in response to my Xmas 2014 poem, another popped into my inbox:

Happy New Year
Away from fear
of false Christmas cheer

We have discovered that Haikus can be a little bit addictive, and have had them going round in ours heads all day, here’s one of mine:

WINTER WALK                                                                                                       Walkers muffled up                                                                                                       Against the cold wind blowing                                                                                        Boots on, crunching ice

I’m sticking to the traditional 3 lines, in 5 syllable, 7 syllable, 5 syllable format as it feels like a satisfying puzzle to solve. Apparently, according to Auntie Internet, modern Haikus can stray outside that form – and now I’m wondering if they traditionally have titles … maybe not?

And later from S.M.

Off to bed
all fed
ouch – my head

She is obviously from the modern school of Haiku – “Ah so”!

My last one of the night:

BABYSITTING                                                                                                                 Kids at last in bed
Snug as bugs in rugs, tucked up
Kitten sleeps on lap

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