Snow at last.

Snow on this Beech Hedge and down the Lanes behind our village of New Longton. As someone who enjoys taking outdoor photos the pro...

Monday, 19 October 2009

Wizzie the Beaver Cub

We went out for lunch yesterday to Rufford Old hall and had a really delicious Lancashire hot pot ,followed by apple crumble, a winning combination if ever there was one. Then in an effort to perhaps wear off a few of those calories,we walked through the lovely grounds to see the autumn colours on the the plants and trees.
Then we went off for an hour to Martin Mere to see the pink foot geese that have flown in ,in their thousands for the winter. it is an amazing sight and sound with them all calling as they suddenly take to the skies.
While we were there we saw the beaver cub that was injured by his parents or siblings last year and has been nursed back to health by the staff there. He likes to come out in the afternoons for exercise and a play. He is so big and this took me by surprise but a very endearing creature he is and doesn't seem to to mind all the attention. He will not be able to rejoin the others, so they have to decide what next for WIZZIE!

The garden is smothered in autumn leaves, it's always a big job each year to clear them but I bag them up and leave them to rot down a year or two and then have a great soil conditioner at least for all the hard work!

Peter has been really busy and made the cats a lovely cosy area in the greenhouse for the winter, now if they could just remember how to use the cat flap again all would be great!
Bebe the big un does although I half expect him to become lodged in the doorway... oh well!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

October The mellow month!

Well the whole of September passed by without a single blog from me but what with holidays and then returning to normal the days just flew by.
We went to Devon a change from Cornwall and to an area around Dartmouth.
What a lovely part of the country it is and so much there to see and do as we found out. Everyday we were out and about ,so much so that we were tired out upon arriving home.. Ha!

Do you like the witches ? Very much in keeping with the month of Halloween I thought I would show these two. I found then up at the Pendle Heritage centre in Barrowford. Silly really to think that 400 years ago, if you were a single woman living alone with a black cat ,mixing up a few herbs to make healing potions, then you were more than likely to be called a witch with terrible consequences. I for one would not have liked to live then at all.
Well it been blowing a northwesterly all day here.The cats hate it and have been jittery and jumpy. I have just had to practically push Ollie out the front door for 10mins.
I actually like this month though, as usually it's active on the wildlife front . Animals and birds are preparing for winter and you can spot unusual sights, like in my diary off 2003 when on the 4th Oct I spotted a Nuthatch on the roof trying to wedge sunflower seeds under the roof tiles, then he went down to the bird table and did the same again. A secret winter supply!

How we have enjoyed our days out on the canal this year and just before we went on holiday the weather was so lovely we spent yet another lazy afternoon there and the willow tree in the photo just looked so lovely with its colours accentuated by the early autumn sunshine.

I spent a busy day last weekend clearing some borders and then planting some daffodils and Tulips in the hope of a nice Spring display and today got some more, so more work!
If you have any of the lovely Cyclamen that are in the shops right now remember never cut off the dead flowers or leaves but pull the out from the base.

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