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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

She peeps round the corner...

Hello, is there anybody out there?  I'm hoping so as I've been away SO LONG. 
Admission time.  Dear Hubs got me up and running again with parts from a second hand laptop some time ago, but life got in the way and it's rarely been turned on.  We've had such a wonderful Summer that the days have simply whizzed by and I'd not realised it's been nearly two months since I posted.
There have been some problems of course, things that I don't feel I can discuss here just yet, because they all involve Mom - but thank goodness most of them have been overcome - for the moment anyway.
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I've had a birthday - my 57th (aaargh)  
Mom still doesn't realise she forgot it :o(

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There have been hedgehogs of course, lots of them giving us great joy - every night :o) 
I've made a couple of new videos for you to see.
(The nature camera is rigged up for 25 second videos with a 5 second delay before filming again, so the videos can seem to 'jump' a little - I really need to find out how to edit them properly...)
Here are the links - do you think I can remember how to put them on here? I'm an eejit!

(I'm trying to source a power lead for the camera though as videos are eating up 8 x Duracell AA batteries up at an alarming rate.)

We have one small, visiting juvenile - a worry at time of year and so far an impossibility to capture it, I'm sure it's related to Lewis Hamilton as it's SO SPEEDY ;o) one crunch on the gravel and it's gone.  Here it is.

the bigger picture - spot the hog.

I've also had an amazing surprise from the nature camera, a visiting fox cub!  Sadly problems with uploading the next day lost the two videos - but I now have some software that could possibly find them again - fingers crossed!

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I attended West Midland Hedgehog Rescues  fundraiser event on the 07th September.  Joan raised an amazing £897.59 during the event, which will be a great help over winter as she is self funded.   Joan told me that she has had very few monetary donations over the last twelve months, so if you have a wildlife/hedgehog rescue centre nearby how about sending them a donation to help out?

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Then there was a bit of painting and improving.  Remember this?

Well now it looks like this!

The hanging baskets filled out nicely.

Much better!

We had another visit from a Sparrow Hawk
No casualties this time though.

Taken from the bedroom window, a bit dull as it was early morning and in the shade.

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Five (pampered) tomato plants in the greenhouse have been a disappointment - as I'm still having to buy tomatoes!  The runner beans aren't exactly cropping lots either, I went out veg hunting one evening and came back with one runner bean and one finger sized courgette (zucchini) good job I have fat reserves - at that rate I'd fade away!

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I managed a wonderful day out with George's Mom to Walcott (Ooops! That should have been)Wollerton Old Hall Garden private Gardens in Shropshire but that's a whole other post!  
They even had a resident hedgehog ;o)

and a preview ...

(Which somehow missed off my original post)

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I've added another face to the garden - a charity shop find of course!  And you know I like weird things of course ;o)

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Well, I think that'll do for now.  I hope you have had an excellent Summer.  Next time Walcott Gardens.

Sending you my very best wishes.

x x x

Oh!  Just a thought...what happened with Blogger Reader?  My list still seems to be there - did I miss an important announcement or was it all just hype?  Anyway, I registered with Bloglovin' too!


rusty duck said...

Hey, welcome back.
You've certainly been busy... loving the blue!

Marilyn said...

Hi. It's nice to read your post again! Time goes so quickly and I seem to have a bit of a problem with keeping up with things, even though I'm now a retired teacher! I like your addition to your tree and the updates to your garden. I wouldn't have a clue about any tech things related to blogger as I did the same with Bloglovin', too. I like the old way and it seems to work fine for now. Hope things are looking better with your mother and her treatment. Even with your birthday, you are younger than me! Celebrate every day.♥♫

Vintage Jane said...

Hi Rose,
Sounds as though you had a busy summer and made the most of the lovely weather. Your garden looked lovely. I can't watch the videos yet as I'm at work and they are blocked but I'll have another look when I get home!
It's so good to have you back!
M x

Rose H (UK) said...
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Liz said...

Hi Rose - good to have you back! Love your painted garden furniture - so bright and cheery!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

greenthumb said...

Sounds like you have been busy, your garden is looking very pretty.

Jay said...

I'm glad to see you back Rose! I'd been wondering what you were up to!
The wildlife in your garden is wonderful, how exciting to see a fox cub. Hope you get the comments sorted.

Julie said...

I love that shade of blue which I call French blue. This summer I added a metal garden bench of that color, as well as 2 (plastic) Adirondack chairs in the same hue.

What a nice Green Man/Nature Spirit you found. You have so much better shops in England for finding Green Men, etc. I see them online and then can't order them - makes me upset!

Snowbird said...

Lovely to see you back. A delightful post full of lovely things.
I LOVE the blue, and am jealous of your sparrow hawk.
What a fab face and an adorable hog, lovely that you highlight the need to raise funds, our rescue would fold in months without donations. xxxx

Denise said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Rose -- it's so nice to see you back!!! Ironically, today is my birthday (53rd).

The sparrow hawk is so handsome! I LOVE your charming back garden; it's just lovely. :) I'm looking forward to your post on Walcott(?) Gardens.

Could you please e-mail me? I have something for you, and I need to get your mailing address. I saw it in the store today and thought of you immediately. :) We're glad you're back on the blog -- hope to hear from you soon!


Denise at Forest Manor

Jenny Short said...

Great Garden Shots. I love the blue corner. xo Jenny

Leanne said...

welcome back to blogland Rose.. and belated birthday wishes too! gardens looking fab....

Leanne x

Nancy said...

I'm glad you had a great summer Roe -- not that we didn't miss your adorable hedgehog posts. :)

Rose H (UK) said...

Don't believe it - I cannot post your lovely comments again!!!
I'll keep trying, and in the meantime thank you all, you are all sweeties :o)
Rose H

Kim said...

Yay! You're back!! Welcome back and a belated happy birthday to you! I'm coveting the tree dweller already! Fab pics as always. Hope you're well me dear x

Kathy Moreland said...

Rose, So good to see a post from you! Love what you've done in your garden. So pretty! I love the face on the tree too! Hope you've had a great summer! Take care!!

Mary said...

Hi dear friend - SO glad you are back posting and thanks for the recent comments.
No, not doing so great with the PMR problem and seeing a rheumatologist next week - hope he has some answers! Meanwhile staying busy when I'm not so painful, other times I'm just feeling sorry for myself!

Love what you did with the paint brush - very pretty color for the garden - the hedgehogs must feel blessed with such fine surroundings. Nice that people are helping with donations to your friend who does so much to rescue them - you're such sweet gals to care.

Hope mom is managing better these days - know it's not easy for you. Bob's mom has rallied some and is doing better!

Bob is taking me away soon to celebrate my birthday - hope yours was a special day, my goodness you're are still so young Rose!
I tell you where we're going on the blog soon - will be going through Heathrow but no time in the UK this year unfortunately.

Many hugs - stay well and enjoy Autumn.
Love, Mary

ann said...

Oh Rosie, so glad to see that you are back. I have missed you and the little hogs. We don't have them here, as you know. Sold as pets in local pet stores. One of my college student friends last year wanted to by one. Why? I would ask. Hope to be seeing more of you now.

Chris said...

Hi Rose, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

fabriquefantastique said...

Rose, my maiden name was Sparrowhawk, I wish I had not given it up, but that is what you did in those days.

Aril said...

I'm so pleased to see you back Rose!
That wooden face is lovely- that's how I imagine Tom Bombadill from LOTR would look!