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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Laptop KAPUT!

Sorry folks, no posts, comments on your blogs or emails for a while.  The motherboard on my laptop has fried :o(
I'm hoping to get a second hand one (ha, surprise-surprise!)  the same and swap over the hard-drive as I've been a naughty girl and NOT backed stuff up :o(

Hope to see you all very soon.

Rose H
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Saturday, 20 July 2013

You were warned ;o)

Here's a few wildlife videos made in the garden with my new wildlife camera.
(The first two are a little over-exposed - oh Matron!) and better watched expanded.

Hedgehogs of course ;o)



As you know I also provide the hedgehogs with a feeding station, I knew birds went in there - just not how many!


I'll try and make a bracket to get nearer to the bug box..



That's all folks!

Best wishes



Monday, 15 July 2013

A few changes. (Long post)

Hello folks, I'm finally posting after what seems like months.
For those of you in the UK you know we are in the middle of a heatwave - I don't function too well in the heat!

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Hello to my new followers!  Hope you stick around even though I'm not posting too regularly.
Then, thank you again for all the wonderful, supportive comments I've received.  I truly do appreciate them - you're a wonderful lot!

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There's been a lot going on.  Further to Mom's assessment (last post) I received a copy of the report.  There were three large inaccuracies in it.  Firstly it stated that she 'was unable to hold a pen' - Mom had held the pen and written a legible sentence when asked.  He'd also stated that she was 'unable to handle money' - This subject had not been broached when he asked Mom if she shopped on her own, she has no problems with this at all.  Then, thirdly he's started a paragraph with 'Mary lives alone.  Florence has no insight into her problems' and went on to describe Florence's other problems.  I wrote to the Memory Service nurse pointing out the inaccuracies (I hand posted it, sending a copy to  Mom's doctor).  I received no reply and have had to chase it up.  Finally, yesterday I received a reply stating that they use a template that should have been blank before typing.  Even though it had been checked before sending out these problems hadn't been noticed!  Gives you a lot of faith in them eh?

Just had to add this photo of my first cherries ripening - looking forward to tasting them :o)
As the next photo was featured for my post (How off-putting.)


Do you recall the garden bench covered in bird poo? (Ugh, shudder.)


Well, it's had a bit of a facelift..


The metal frame was made by my maternal Grandfather as a wedding gift to Grandma (in 1914)
So it's almost an antique!  I've painted it with smooth Hammerite paint, and we've put new seat and backrest boards on.  These have had three coats of Ronseal  Woodland colours 'Bluebell' wood treatment.  I need to paint the table now, along with...


The new arbour seat :o)  When it cools down I shall paint it with the same bluebell colour outside, and ash white inside.

Do you remember the bug boxes I put up on the new fence?  This morning we've discovered that some Leafcutter bees have found the tubes :o)  I'm really pleased about this as the garden MUST be BEE FRIENDLY!



I've added a Cedar wood Lacewing Box too.  I followed the instructions and stuffed it with straw after smearing lacewing attractant on it.


It's quite large and was a bargain from Amazon.

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One of my neighbours had put out a water feature for the scrap/rubbish man to collect.  I have a small pebble pool in the back garden that we rarely use as the water reservoir below ground is rectangular and the returning water 'misses' so it emptied quickly.  I thought the bottom part of the feature would be better, so asked if I could have it.  It turned out that it all worked and they were just altering the layout of the garden.  It wouldn't have been my choice in a garden centre - but for free? 
;o)




Nice and weathered - it'll do for me!

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On the wildlife front.

Hedgehogs GALORE!  We had ten in the garden the other night, a three, a four and a two.  All different ones.



The other evening I 'captured' one to mark it.  Meet Ted.


Yes, leather gloves were required - a VERY prickly character ;o)

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I've been toying with buying a Wildlife camera, and finally decided to plump for
The Bushnell Natureview HD (The link takes you to Wildlife Kate's site, please take a look around while you're there.)  Kate has been on BBC's Springwatch, and gave them the idea for the mouse cave.

I'm still playing around trying to get the settings right, and the place to set it up, but here are some of the results.  (Date/time bottom right)

Juvenile Starling


Female Blackbird


Over-exposed Hogs :o(



Once I get the settings sussed I can do videos too.

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The border in the back garden continues to 'fill out''!


(Blue Strawberry planter continues to disappoint, no good for strawberries and as far as I can see little use for anything else!)



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Well, I've waffled on again for too long.  So I'll sign off now - I REALLY need to visit some of you!

Best wishes


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