animals, Garden, Photys

cheeky beastie!

Captured earlier today, a furry acrobat nabbing as much as he can from the birds fatballs. Having failed to destroy the replacement seed feeder he/she has resorted to hanging by three toes and ripping through the green plastic nets!
The replacement seed feeder is held onto the branch by a bulldog clip and two medium sized safety pins – I defy the fuzzy critters to work that out!

Personal, Photys, weather

…b-b-b-brrrrrr!

For the first time in years I had proper frost on the upstairs windaes. As soon as I was up and moving it began to melt. Then there was a wee pathetic furry of fairy sized snow. At least our hill has been granted grit/salt bin status and a (almost luminous) yellow one has been installed (outstalled)!

frosty Windae 2 frosty Windae 3 frosty Windae 1

flowers, Garden, Kitchen, wild flowers

fruit-forage-feast

Another nice day and I remembered to toddle to the top of the hill armed with a plastic box. My objective was a gathering of brambles and sure enough the nice big bush I had already photy’d was still covered with good sized fruit. I soon had at least a punnet full and a hand full of scratches/nettle stings and some purple fingers. Later in the day I decided to turn my hand to jam making instead of scoffing the lot in one go. Although not a great jam eater I am still pretty chuffed with the result – only one small pot but that’ll do fine. mmm…. sticky.

bramble - bramble - jam

flowers, Garden, Halton Castle, Personal, Photys, Views, Walks, wild flowers

a wee stroll in the sun

Off out wi’ the camera since it was nice ‘n’ sunny this forenoon. I had intended heading for a beautiful garden (didn’t snap as it was being worked on at the time) but got distracted by these on the way. They are connected to my previous post As I Walked Out… since it is more or less the same area just shifted forward four months. Spot the differences?

  1. wonderful wildflower end of the Millenium Field… super
  2. closeup of a cornflower, my first
  3. medium sized gowan – big daisy
  4. the brightest yellow – black eyed susan/rudbekia
  5. fluffy thistle heads
  6. fat glossy rosehips
  7. broom pods ready to pop
  8. popped! (sound backdrop of pops, crackles, buzzing bees and thrumming crickets)
  9. bramble view – taste good too!

wildflowerField

cornflowerBlue

gowanFine

sunnyFlower

thistleFluff

rosehips

broomBangers

broomBanged

brambleView

Crafts, Folksy, Polymer Clay, shops

All Things Lime…a Folksy Friday

Although I spend a lot of time blundering about webby spaces I very rarely know what’s going on. (“That sounds like you” – the audience) I had no idea what a Folksy Friday was until yesterday …a Thumbthing Thursday?
Well I know now ‘cos one of my little handmade products has been included in a Folksy Friday collection. Many thanks to Anna Hamilton-Gunn.
Nip off to the Lime Garden to have a look – the Folksy Friday lime collection

lime buttons - set of 6But what was featured? ah – my set of tiny swirly buttons –  so if you fancy adding a cocktail punch to your usual LBD click off to the planetaye shop.

Caipirinhas all round I think!

flowers, Garden, wild flowers

personal poppy

Mother Nature has seen fit to reward the previous two posts with the tiniest poppy growing at the front of my house.
Despite chucking wildflower seeds at the ‘wild patch’ for a couple of years there have never been any results, till now! But she is sooo small, even this photy gives her a false robustness. Really only 15mm or so across and with a stalk like a hairy thread. Good for you Tiny!

Tinyiest Poppy