Sunday, 23 February 2014

Snowdrops and Sausages

I think we may have added another specimen to our annual flower visits.  As well as the lavender field and beautiful bluebells, I am sure we will be including the snowdrops at Welford Park in our schedule. 

I have never seen anything like it.  The clumps of white snowdrops amongst the brown crunchy fallen leaves of the beech trees really did look like a carpet of snow.  Just beautiful. Although the effect was a bit lost on one woman who I overheard asking what was the point, as it was just loads of the same thing!

As well as snowdrops, the Park is known for its sausages! We have just had some for breakfast and they were absolutely delicious.  I wish I'd bought more. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

He Was A Beautiful Butterfly

Thanks to Eric Carle, there can't be a child in the land who isn't familiar with the life cycle of the butterfly.  Our British butterflies are beautiful but quite modest, unlike the whoppers that are floating around the hot house at Wisley at the moment.  

This has become an annual event for us and I don't think I will ever get tired of it.  Queuing for ages to get in is tiring though but this year a booking system has been introduced.  Book now if you want to go during half term!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Feed The Birds

We have some bird feeders and wind chimes hanging from a pear tree in our garden. The blue tits have no trouble balancing and gripping the various feeders.  The robins have a go but have to flap their wings furiously whilst they try to peck.  Their easiest option is to just bob around the ground below looking for the bits the blue tits dropped.  

But all that has changed!  My little girl, during one of her many potters around the garden, rearranged the wicker wind chime so that it could become a little perch for the birds while they nibble on the coconut feeder.  

The robins love it but so, unfortunately, do the squirrels!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

1940s Housewife

I released my inner 1940s housewife and turned my hand to a bit of make-do-and-mend. 

The cuffs on one of my husband's shirts had become very frayed and, as he is particularly attached to this one, I've had a go at a repair.  

I unpicked the cuffs, turned them over, then machine sewed them back on. It's not brilliant but they should last a few months longer.

Now, where are those socks that needed darning?......

Monday, 10 February 2014

Colours of The Bridge

Did you watch the second series of The Bridge?  Such a gripping story (despite the many absurdities!) but it was perhaps the colours that fascinated me the most.  The greens, the mustardy yellows, the greys.  Such clever styling and scene setting. 

I yelled "NO!" at the tv screen at the end of the final episode.  Apparently a third series is being filmed so Saga and Martin must be together again - please!!  

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