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Monday, 16 August 2010

Getting to know all about you!

I have found out where the cat that Peter has called 'Snowy' has been living, in a shed in next doors garden.
 I think he may have been there a good couple of months as I now remember disturbing a cat in June when I was watering the plants when the neighbour was away.
He has now taken to turning up when its meal time with the others and he has even taken a cat treat from my hand, although still very nervous. It doesn't take them long though to 'catch on does it?
We had a nice weekend and how lovely again to enjoy some sunshine. We headed off to a new garden centre that I had found out about near Bury. It was lovely and  they have a bistro there and of course we had our lunch.!
After which we went into Bury itself and that was a revelation ,I had not expected the lovely modern clean town that we found, packed full of new shops. It really beats most places near  here face down!
Yesterday on the canal we spent a quiet couple of hours having  a coffee and snack on board, then while Peter was pottering about doing a few jobs I wandered off with the camera but it wasn't until we were chugging back home that the best photo opportunity of the day presented itself when the same dragonfly we had seen ,sitting on a piece of wood half  submerged in the water ,on the way up was also there again. Taking pictures from a moving boat is not easy but Peter was brilliant at getting as near as he could.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Where have you come from?

This is the question  that has kept us busy this week. We noticed the cat a few days ago sneaking into the garden to clear anything left on' our lots plates'. He was so nervous and would not go for the food until  I retreated .
 He ate like he had not seen a meal for a long long time! Then he missed a day andI  thought he had gone but since then he appears every teatime ,eats and then goes off through the hedge.
If he keeps coming and gets a little less nervous we will try and arrange a trap and see if we can get him to a vet for a tag check and a look over, at the moment his long coat is a state.
I am trying to keep Ollie from seeing him too much , the others seem just to stare at the interloper!
Found a little time to do a bit more scrap booking using some of the lovely papers from Crafty hearts . I am so sad that that lovely little shop will be closing but I wish everyone there well in the future.
Bebe as you can see in the top photo is just as soppy as ever ,wishing there was a bit more sun around as we all do!


Monday, 9 August 2010

Hedgehog friends!

I spent yesterday chasing up and down the canal towpath,camera in hand trying....... and I do mean trying to take pictures of  a Dragon fly and  this elusive butterfly.
They would hardly settle even for the briefest moment to enable me to get close enough to make the shot worthwhile.
 I had been on the track of a huge but rather boring brown dragonfly and then as luck would have it the yellow stripey one appeared and landed for ages! He is blended so well though with the foliage that you have to look hard.
Last night I looked out the back garden and there waiting alongside Tom was the little Hedgehog. He was only small but seemed healthy and was soon tucking into pieces of chicken and cat biscuits and then he raced off right down the garden at a pace that would have done a sprinter proud!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Getting Out whatever the weather!

Well you certainly can't wait around for good weather in this part of the country and we try and get out and about as much as possible.
At any rate even if it rains we are under cover on the boat ,as were all the people on the day trip boats on the canal on Sunday.
We spotted not one but two Kingfishers, together  and an array of other wildlife all doing what they do best in the summer months.
The tomatoes in the greenhouse are huge fat ones this year and have only just this week begun to turn red, through lack of sunshine and my crop of Sunflowers are suffering this too.
The new summerhouse came into its own last weekend when despite the rain we were able to enjoy a lovely tasty bbq out there with Ginger and Tom sitting with us waiting for bits of chicken and the remains of our Raspberry  cream desserts!
On a more serious front I have joined the National Osteoporosis Society, as  mum, once again, has broken ribs after a fall . This is cruel and horrible illness that robs people of their freedom and leaves them enduring a lot of pain.

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