Birds in our garden

A few weeks ago I decided to put up some bird feed. I’ve made a bird feeder from an old bottle and I’ve made a few Jumping Jack bird feeders. I bought some suet balls, and got a special holder for bread. And my most precious item is a small window feeder. It’s tiny, but such joy to look at.

Ever since we’ve put up all the food, our garden has been very popular with the food, despite the cats going out in the garden a gazillion times a day.

Great Tit

We’ve seen  bush tits, great tits, house sparrows, robins, blue tits, a great spotted woodpecker, thrushes, blackbirds, starlings, doves and magpies.

Have you been putting up bird feeders? What type of birds are visiting your garden?

An AngelFrouk Christmas

Northernmum asked how other bloggers spend their Christmas, so I thought I’d share our Christmas rituals.

Christmas Cat

On Christmas day we usually stay home. We have a nice lie-in til around 9 AM (we are usually up around 6 AM). Then I take my meds and pre-heat the oven. We have breakfast with hot buns, croissants and freshly pressed orange juice. After breakfast I take a shower and we get dressed. Then it’s usually spending time behind the pc, do some gaming or (if the weather’s nice) go for a walk.

Boxing day is usually spend at my parents in law’s. We arrive around 11 AM, have cake and other yummy food. Around 2 PM we go for a walk (if the weather lets us). At 5 PM my sister-in-law and her boyfriend arrive and we sit down for dinner. Sis-in-laws boyfriend usually drinks too much, gets really annoying, so after dinner, if they don’t get out, we go home pretty quick. Funny thing about having dinner at my parents-in-laws is we all get to cook our own food! table barbecue, they call it. I call it laziness (but still love it).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

As soon as Christmas is over I chuck out the Christmas tree (if we have one), put away all decorations and start thinking about spring. Usually somewhere around mid January I buy the first tulips. Tulips really mean spring to me. It means the dark days are over and while we could still get cold weather, possibly even go skating, the days will grow longer and we’ll be getting more much cherished sunlight. It also means summer is drawing near and summer means warmth.

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Jumping Jack Birdfeeder

This is one of the birdfeeders I made over the weekend. Simple to make, funny to look at.

What you need:

  • net of peanuts (without the shell)
  • 28 peanuts with shell (drill holes in them)
  • 3 pieces of wire (2 x 30 cm, 1 x 40 cm)
  • small flower-pot
  • ribbon

How to:

Take the 40 cm long wire and fold it in half. Put this through the net. Place the flower-pot on top.
Put the ribbon round the neck area, like a tie.
Take 8 peanut and string them to one wire (30 cm). Do the same with the other wire. Roll up the ends of the wire so the won’t fall off.
Stick the wire through the net. The part with 8 peanuts will be the legs. String 6 peanuts to the other side. Roll up the ends.
Hang it outside in your garden.

That’s it. Simple and easy.

Frozen Cobweb

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is:  Peaceful!

This picture was taken last saturday on my way to the gym. The bridge was very slippery due to the freezing cold (-10 C) and the snow that had been falling the previous two days. When I’d crossed the bridge I saw this cobweb.

The picture has been taken with my camera phone, so the quality isn’t the best. But I still like it.

Floods in the UK

Every year around the same time I get to see photos and videos of flooding in certain areas in the UK. This year it happened again. The rain has caused flooding in many areas. And I’m wondering again, like every year, why is this happening? I think I’ve managed to find out the problem. The UK has almost no waterways, not canals, no rivers that can get rid of the water, thus it’ll get onto the streets and into the houses.

In the Netherlands every piece of land is surrounded by a waterway. We have so many canals, waterways and rivers we almost never flood. Even though we are beneath sea level.

I’m thinking: replace every hedgerow and dry stone wall with waterways and you´ll get way less flooding then now. Think about it!