Little Things

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This morning I have banged my head on the garage door, tripped up going up stairs, had yet another run-in with my boss over prioritisation of work and burnt my lunch. However, I don’t regret burning lunch one bit because of the reason for my distraction.

I decided I could top up a bird-feeder while lunch was cooking – I had plenty of time, but as I was fastening the feeder back onto the tree two long-tailed tits flew into the buddleia about six feet away. So imagine me, standing next to the tree, arms raised up, frozen so as not to scare them off.

Well, it worked as one of them decided to fly into the tree less than two foot away from me for a quick peck at a fat ball.

That minute, watching that little bird in close up, makes up for all this morning’s mishaps and I didn’t mind at all that lunch was frazzled.


Big Garden Birdwatch 2012

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I prepared properly this year and filled up the bird feeders. The birds get pretty well fed around here, so they are quite happy to go elsewhere if your offerings don’t please them.

No excuses this year

The turnout wasn’t too bad at all:
Blackbird             2
Blue tit                  3
Collared dove      1
Dunnock              1
Goldfinch             2
Great tit                2
House sparrow   4
Long-tailed tit     3
Robin                   1
Wood pigeon       2
Flying in at the last minute,  was 1 great spotted woodpecker. This was taken last summer, so I’m pleased it’s still around


There were a few surprises – no greenfinches, but they haven’t all disappeared or died off, as I saw some in early January. The jay and green woodpecker which have been around for the last two years haven’t made an appearance for some time, but the biggest surprise was  not a single starling.

Management decision

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This week I had two meetings in London scheduled, and whilst my London base has recently moved to an air-conditioned building the idea was not making me happy.

Yesterday I called my boss to update her on what had happened whilst she was on holiday and she’s obviously still in a holiday mood. She decided that we would cancel this week’s meetings, as getting to and from the London office in this heatwave was going to be just too unpleasant, particularly with higher temperatures and humidity forecast for later in the week.

She also suggested that I get out of my office and work downstairs or in the garden “…as I’m sure you’ve got some papers to read”.

Sometimes she is maddening with her workaholic tendencies, but ths week she’s a pleasure to work for!


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I’ve just been for a little play in the garden i.e. I’ve cut what passes for a lawn. This takes me about 15 minutes , including sweeping up the grass cuttings and feeding the compost bin. I was delighted to find hedgehog poo on the grass which means that Spiny Norman or his/her descendants is still around.

The garden is really good at this time of the year, as although I am trying to get a better spread, most of my shrubs are spring flowering. So at present in flower I have wallflowers, primulas, cultivated bluebells(they are actually lilac), verbena, clematis macropetala, two forms of dicentra – which are really living up to their name of “spectabilis”, berberis, drifts of forget-me-not and the dandelions and daisies invading the lawn. There are aliums in bud in own corner, noticeable by the pungent onion smell from the leaves.

I like working in the garden towards sunset; the birds tend to be roosting, its cooler and there isn’t so much noise from the school playing fields behind the house. While I write there is a blackbird singing from the finial on the garage roof, the sound of cooing collar-doves, and some sparrows twittering. I noticed when I was out this afternoon that the swifts are back which means that shortly we will be treated to their screaming bombing runs overhead.

(I’ve taken some pictures of the plants in the garden and will get them on my Flickr page nest week.)


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The forecast for later today is rain, so I’ve just spent a pleasant hour in the garden pruning back buddlia, rambling roses and jasmine and doing a bit of general tidying, to the sounds of bird song and Sunday football on the school playing fields next door.

When I’m doing the garden my mind wanders, sorts things out and I come back in with a better perspective on some of the things on my mind.