Whos keeping an eye on me....

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Night Creatures ......

From the trail cam during a night just over a week ago.

Wood Mouse that lives under the doorstep

One of the Foxes that comes to the garden on a regular basis


And the Badger


Sunday, 29 March 2020

Hailstone and Sunshine

So, Saturday evening..... no pubs remember.
Liz and myself choose a film to endure, I mean watch! I decided to keep off the Ale this evening and have a wee tipple instead.

A Royal Brackla 16 year old was the chosen one.
Smooooth and mellow. No sharpness at all, sounds like I know what I am talking about, but any how what a lovely dram to chill out to a movie with.

Today is the day when the clocks leap (Lept) forward, less sleep for a night but in return longer days as the Spring gets into full flow.

I managed to make that Soup....... Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato, before going for our exercise (not allowed to call it a walk during these troubled times..... exercise is allowed). Exercised from home to the Anson Museum and back via the local recycling centre, it took over an hour and we were blessed by some lovely sunshine and...... hailstone. I knew these weekends were going to get weird.

Back home to a rather tasty lunch ........ no need to blend it when you like it chunky, found a little garnish too.

Afternoon was spent Drinking the ale that I didn't drink last night and of course I also succumbed to getting on my hands and knees and starting the weeding in the garden. A kind of bitter sweet afternoon.

and the partial gardening that's been done .....
anyway the garden birding has been a little slow, a few Robins followed the spade as I turned the soil..... looking for worms. Greenfinch in good numbers as always and the Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits nip in and steal the seeds before a mob of Starlings congregate. I can here a few Curlews way off on the moors and a rarity around here flew across the sky this afternoon, I wonder where from and where to.
Back to work tomorrow, stay safe, keep well. 

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Coronavirus - since the pubs shut.

Challenging times, affecting just about everyone world wide at the moment. I haven't blogged for quite a while so as we all have a little more time on our hands I thought it would be good to blog again.

It's a week since the pastime of going to the pub (particularly when you're bored or just need to speak to someone) was stopped by the UK government. So the initial shock has worn off, the garage stockpile of beer is good to last a week or so, Whiskey is never in doubt even if I may have to open a few favs that I was keeping for special occasions or just for rainy days...... oh and my Whisky-me pouches still arrive every month with a rare dram or two that should keep the suspense going for a while. A little promotion for the team here.....https://www.whisky-me.com/

I am lucky for the time being as I am still working Monday to Friday, so boredom has only set in from about 5pm Monday to Friday and weekends. So as an example a few nights ago I just happened to sit on the couch with Liz and got talking..... was very surprised to hear that she was made redundant from Woolworths sometime ago. Funny what you can learn eh.

I have mowed the lawns twice this week already, I haven't succumbed to getting on my hands and knees yet to start the weeding. This morning I watched back to back episodes of Yianni Supercar Customisers..... I don't even like cars. I have a feeling the weekends are going to get weird.

Anyway I have filled up the garden bird feeders, Watched a Blue Tit prospecting one of the nest boxes, listened to a Wren singing outside the conservatory and even had a fox pass through the garden in daylight.

We gain an hours evening light tomorrow so Garden birdwatching will be back on the agenda after a few years of neglect.

Tomorrow I make Soup...... roasted Red Pepper and Tomato.

Just for pictures sake here is a Mealy Redpoll from the garden a few years ago (nine years to be precise)...... it is a picture blog after all


Sunday, 24 November 2019

Winter Warmers

The arrival of migrant Redwings and Fieldfares indicates the seasonal change to greyer skies and often colder weather..... yep winters here.

My local patch currently has good mixed flocks gorging on the berries along the lane. Two consecutive weekends have been good as the food is still fairly plentiful.

Smashing birds and certainly a winter warmer in this naff weather we currently have.



and the resident Kestrel keeping a watch on them and me.......

Monday, 2 September 2019

Paris 2019 Pt 2 - City tour

Today was easy, get on a bus and get off at a place of interest, get back on and repeat many times.
37 euros each aint cheap, but it works, it takes out the need to waste time getting lost and you don't miss anything. Stop for beer every second stop..... what's not to like?

First stop Louvre

really not sure about these street sellers, this detracts from the wonderful spectacle that this site has, The Arch, the Gardens, the magnificent building, its the Louvre ffs....
Get rid of the tacky lucky lucky men, this isn't a beach front. 

Notre Dame
recently damaged by fire so currently no direct access

street Art stalls along the banks of the Seine

Arc deTriomphe

looking down the Champs Elyse from the Arc de Triomphe

 Eiffel Tower
this is a seriously big structure

That old romantic
if your getting married in Paris you may as well invite every man and his dog to the photo shoot...

the road and traffic puts it into scale somewhat 

when in Rome.....
ahem Paris
Some damn good architecture, its amazing and around every corner


tomorrow we do a bit of art, history and culture in the Louvre