Thursday, 31 December 2009

One of the nice things about the New Year is starting a new bird list! I have filled the feeders up, bought a new ground feeder ready to go out in the morning, just now as it is dusk I saw a Thrush in the garden which I haven't seen for ages.
Resolutions? Oh the usual...Keep the house tidy, Get fit, Get thin, cook from scratch, be frugal...yawn,yawn,yawn!
On second thoughts I'll just watch the birds and get on with living!
Happy New Year to you all!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

112 different birds seen in 2009!

I decided to record the birds I have seen in 2009. My aim was to see 100 different birds but I managed to see 112, probably helped by a holiday in the Outer Hebrides where I saw loads! I will delete the bird list on the side bar on 1st January so that I can start a new list for 2010.

Arctic Skua (Outer Hebrides)
Arctic Tern (Outer Hebrides)
Avocet (Middlebere)
Barn Owl (Hammoon)
Bewick Swan (Slimbridge)
Black Guillimot
Black Headed Gull
Black Throated Diver
Blackbird (Garden)
Blackcap (Garden )
Blue Tit (Garden )
Brent Goose
Buzzard (Near Upton)
Canada Goose (Poole Park)
Chaffinch
Chiff Chaff
Coal Tit (Garden)
Collared Dove
Common Gull
Common Sandpiper
Common Tern
Coot
Cormorant
Crow
Cuckoo (Morden)
Curlew
Dunnock (Garden )
Eider
Feral Pigeon
Fieldfare (Shropshire)
Fulmar
Gadwall
Gannet (Isle of Harris)
Goldcrest -Garden
Goldeneye
Goldfinch (Hartland Moor)
Great black Backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Northern Diver
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit (Garden)
Green Woodpecker (Horsted Keynes Churchyard)
Greenfinch
Greenshank
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Greylag Goose
Guillimot
Herring Gull
Hooded Crow (Scotland)
House Sparrow (Garden)
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher (River Stour, Eyebridge)
Kittiwake
Lapwing (Middlebere)
Linnet
Little Egret (Middlebere)
Little Stint
Long tailed Tit (Garden)
Magpie (Garden)
Mallard
Marsh Tit (Bulbarrow)
Meadow Pipit
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Nuthatch
Osprey (Middlebere)
Oystercatcher (Poole harbour)
Peregrine
Pheasant
pied Wagtail
Pintail
Pochard
Puffin ( Outer Hebrides)
Raven
Red Breasted Merganser
Red Kite (Wales)
Redshank
Redstart
Red throated Diver
Redwing (Seaview point, Poole)
Ring Necked Parakeet (near London from a coach window!)
Ring Plover (Ullapool)
Robin (Garden)
Rock Dove
Rock Pipit
Rook
Shag
Shelduck (Middlebere)
Siskin
Skylark
Snipe
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Spoonbill (Middlebere)
Spotted Flycatcher (Ringstead)
Starlings (Garden)
Stock Dove
Stonechat
Swallow
Swift
Teal
Tufted Duck
Turnstone (Baiter)
Wheatear
Wigeon
Winchat
Wood Pigeon (Garden)
Wren (Garden)
Yellowhammer

We walked down to a hide today at Middlebere, didn't have too long to spend there but we saw Lapwings, Egret, a lone Avocet, Shelduck and a huge flock of Geese.
I have seen only 14 different birds in the garden, this is disappointing as the numbers get less every year despite me feeding them and having a 'bird friendly garden'. On looking back through my old bird lists I can see that in the 1980's we had 23 different types in the garden, we have lost Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Woodpeckers, Ring collared doves, Warblers, Thrush and Greenfinches. Such a shame. I think alot of it is caused by people who move in to the road and immediately cut down trees, lay concrete and cover their gardens in decking....probably as a result of the quick fix gardening programmes that were so popular a few years back! One family moved in a few years ago and the very first day had two mature trees felled!
I think the answer will be to move out of this area, hopefully to somewhere with good habitat. That's my grump over for today!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

It must be getting close to Christmas....we've had the ward 'do'

Made and sent the cards Decorated the house, inside and
outside
Sung carols in the rain in the streets near our Church, given out mince pies and chocolate to the locals and ended up singing to the punters in the local pub! X factor here we come!



Got my uniform all pressed and ready for work on Christmas Day
and added a new bit to the uniform...just for the day!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very special time. xxx


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

At last...my Mothers quilt is finished and just in time for Christmas! I'm very relieved to have got it done as I have had alot of sewing machine problems and had to borrow Mum's machine to make it! I hand quilted it and just finished slip stitching the edge this week. Look at the blue sky behind it!
I'm a little worried that it's too bright for her, she likes soft pastel colours but at least one of the colours is in her curtains. Look who's trying to pretend he made the quilt by posing next to it!
Oh yes, it's "Wrecks the dog!"

Made lots of mincemeat...none of it has made it into mince pies yet!
Last week I went to meet up with some other nurses from the palliative care unit where we work ( we call it TLC which stands for Tena Lady Club....I'll let you work out why we call it that!) for a coffee and a cake in a local garden center and saw this upsidedown Christmas tree as a table decoration....weird but nice!
Bought myself this book the other day! Ha ha ha!!! It hasn't worked yet!


Sunday, 13 December 2009

Winter walking and foraging and stopping the comments for now

No pictures today, just the written word.
Awoke this morning to find 3 extra people in the house, I knew my son's girlfriend was staying here but didn't know my other son had bought 2 friends home after a party last night! Padded downstairs this morning to find strange young man in the kitchen looking for cereal and a bowl to put it in! Hey Ho...I wouldn't have it any other way and the noise, fun and laughter over breakfast was so fun!
Walking out in the cold open spaces of the Dorset countryside this afternoon looking for Holly and Ivy and evergreens to decorate the dressers with. After driving around through the Tarrant villages and on to Blandford we found some lovely Holly with berries near Bloxworth. Careful not to take too much from one bush and left plenty for the birds to eat. The sun set giving us a late winter show of orange and pale grey sky with bright blue in between.
Then home to a warm house and time to use the greenery to decorate the mantle shelf and over the dressers and above the pictures and mirrors.
Lovely, I've earned my tea tonight and just made some Cranberry and white chocolate biscuits from the Nigella Christmas book, and the house is full again so they won't last long!
I have made the decision to turn off the comments in 2 days time and just enjoy the writing and recording stuff that are of interest to me. I will of course still look at other peoples blogs and leave a comment here and there, especially those who I have 'talked to' for a long time. I am even thinking that I may stop using facebook too, one of my son's (he is nearly 18) refuses to go on facebook and believes it destroys real interaction with friends and I have to say I agree with him!
Anyway, please continue to look at the blog if it interests you, but have no pressure to comment! I will review how I feel in the new year and will decide then if to continue without comments. I will leave the comments on for two days to let people have their say!

Saturday, 5 December 2009

The tree is for the chop!!!and a SWEET/Choc quiz

Hooray...The ugly cone/tree in our town is coming down on Tuesday and a real one is to be put up in it's place!(See the previous two posts if you don't know what this is about) People have complained and started facebook groups in protest, it's been on the news and in the daily papers....for once our town is on the map....for all the wrong reasons! The cone has been vandalised but as you pass it you hear everyone talking about it so it's become well known.

My daughter is entering a quiz about names of sweets and chocs using these clues but we are stuck on the last 10...so if you can help??!!!!!

ie. High Class thoroughfare =Quality Street
Now your turn! (in italic are solved now, thanks)
Mother's local= Mars bar
Frankie Vaughan wanted it= Moonlight
Good children get these= Treats
Gem orchard= Opal fruits
Capital granite=Edinburgh Rock
Noisy insect= Humbug
One who wanders=Minstrel
Not the RAF pills=
County pot-pourri=
Sugary Golden Virginia= ?Sweet cigarettes
I have had this week as a holiday from work and spent it preparing for Christmas and just enjoying having the time to be me again.
A nice but blustery walk along the seafront at nearby Swanage.
Redecorating the lounge (if you scroll down to my previous post you will see the 'before picture' when it was raspberry pink!)It's only a small lounge so only took three days to do.

A walk in the wintry countryside, cold but fun above Kingcombe near Dorchester, too wet to walk far in the light of the recent rain we have had. We were on the way home from Taunton in Somerset where my sewing machine has had to go in for another repair job, we just stopped to admire the winter trees.

To Church to see the children doing their nativity play, with all it's hiccups and children forgetting their lines but all the more lovely for that.
A walk to the next town to do a bit of shopping, it took me one and a half hours to walk there.
Delia has to be part of Christmas, mincemeat and Christmas cake, mince pies and pudding.
My kitchen smells wonderful this morning as I have left this bowl overnight with the dried fruit soaking in oranges and lemon and waiting to have a good dollop of brandy added later. The other bowl is the Christmas cake fruit soaking in brandy.
All the plates on the dressers have been taken off and replaced with Christmas china and glass, tablecloths changed to red and white, tea towels to red ones, tea cosy's to christmassy designs so hopefully the place will be less cluttered with decorations but still different. Most of the plates are from charity shops and I had a real job to find one with the Christmas story on it instead of Father Christmas and robins and trees! I eventually found one ( middle top row) it's not great because the faces are a bit twee and it's quite pink...but better than nothing!
So Christmas is coming...but I'm still making paper decorations so not finished yet!