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Nella Last's Christmas blues!

We all put a lot of planning ,thought and expectation into our festive celebrations and sometimes it all goes just perfectly  and other...

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Green eyed cat on the green furry mat!

Just thought I would share these photos of our cat Ollie who was so so happy that I put the fire on when I got back from the shops this afternoon . It was a nice sunny morning and then suddenly all change and it went gloomy and chilly and breezy!
Still these kind of days can make you get on with some  jobs you have been putting off for a while and that's  what I did, I cleared the study!

Yesterday  while out shopping I found the cutest little Christmas decorations ,the little deer and trees you see in the pictures above . Best of all they were only 99p a packet and they are the only additions to my stock of decorations that I intend to make this year, as I have enough!
I usually love this time of year, the preparation leading up to the festivities but with mum lying so ill and increasingly frail I fear that this Christmas will see us going through the motions and thats about all .
On Tuesday night we were just about to leave to go across to visit my parents when I spotted the smallest little hedgehog at the back door looking for food. i picked him up and took him in the kitchen while I made a phone call to a hedgehog rescue centre and next thing we were on our way to drop him off. It was no good leaving him out as he was far to tiny and would not have withstood hibernation. At least he has a chance now if he does not succumb to stress.So if you see one and it's tiny grab him and contact a centre as they are in trouble and need all the help we can give them.!
In the garden amongst all the fallen leaves and debris I found a stunning patch of marigolds that I grew from seed late in the summer , a lovely splash of colour on a dreary day.


Monday, 7 November 2011

Halloween Fun and Otters at play


Winter visitors at Martin Mere

Well Halloween was quite a success with loads of kids big and small coming round for treats and they all looked great in some super scary costumes.
 Peter nearly frightened some poor girls to death by opening the door and roaring at the top of his voice, obviously he's definitely into Halloween!



Martin Mere otters

Knitted halloween scaries for lucy!

Halloween fun with Lucy

Lucy's doll even had her outfit especially made!
However the highlight was having my special friend little Lucy and her mum round for the afternoon and she loved all the little bits that I made for her.
The day  before halloween we visited Martin Mere nr Ormskirk  to see how many swans had flown in ready for the winter and we were greeted with a lovely sight of many swans with their young families enjoying the mere.
Also while we  were  there we were lucky enough to see the otters in their pen having a wonderful time playing and swimmiing whilst waiting for their feed time, which to our advantage was a  little off  due to the time change of an hour.

 I never tire of going to Martin Mere as they strive to keep it interesting and next year we definitely plan on going out on the Canoe safari  through  the reed beds.It has stopped now for the winter season.

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