Friday, June 24, 2016

Five on Friday

It's Friday so once again I'm joining in with  Amy at Love Made my Home for this week's Five on Friday. 


When, earlier this week, I popped up into the city centre to get my hair cut  I also had a look at The Big Birdhouse Tour which is on display in the intu Potteries shopping centre.  



The exhibition has been organised by the RSPB for their 'Give Nature a Home' campaign.  They asked a group of well known people to decorate their own birdhouse with very different and interesting results. 

  There are fifteen bird houses spread across the three floors of the centre.

I thought I'd share my five favourites with you.
 
1. 'The Loyal British Avian Society's Self Instruction Simple Recognition Playing Cards Bird Box' by Graham Swift who took his inspiration  from the aircraft identification playing cards used during the second world war for both amusement and visual reminders.  

2.  Pool by Becky Adlington, the theme was chosen as it was somewhere she felt at home after her years of training up to Olympic championship standard.

3.  A Bird's Eye View by Alex Jones.  Presenter of the One Show Alex's birdhouse was inspired by Snowdonia.


4.  Surf Chick Beach by Naomi Wilkinson whose designs combines two of her favourite pastimes, surfing and birdwatching.


5.  Beach by Miranda Krestovnikoff, TV Wildlife presenter and president of the RSPB.

This one was my favourite and I loved its drift wood, salt windy, weather beaten look.

Below is a collage of the other bird houses we saw.






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 I hope, wherever you are, you have a lovely weekend.

44 comments:

  1. They are all great - I especially like the beach one! Himself loves bird watching and bird boxes but we don't have them in the garden because of our dog, Jack. Have a lovely weekend Rosie xx

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    1. Thank you Lisa, I'd rather like one of these in the garden as a small shed/summer house:)

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  2. Hi Rosie, I agree with you and love the beach themed house. We've been busy watching the birds at home, but sadly, we don't have room or a place for a house. They come to us for sunflower seeds and water and it is always a joy to see them. Enjoy your weekend, Marie x

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    1. Sunflower hearts are the favourites here in our bird cafe, with buggy nibbles running second favourite:)

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  3. I'll choose a beach theme every time! Interesting idea to decorate bird boxes. It makes a change from all the elephants, dragons, lions, hares and other beasts I've seen in recent years.

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    1. Yes, it is a bit different isn't it? Same sort of theme but very different in content:)

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  4. Such artful and unique birdhouses! My favourite is the cardhouse.
    Have a nice weekend, thanks vor your visit

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    1. The card house is very interesting isn't it? How to identify birds in the air like aircraft:)

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  5. What a wonderful exhibition. I love the birdhouses. I think my favourite has to be the beach one.

    Have a great weekend

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    1. The beach one is great isn't it?:)

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  6. I love the driftwood one too, what clever ideas. Would love to have a bird house in the garden, but with my two naughty cats probably not a good idea ;)

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    1. Probably not if your cats are still fairly young, although our cats rarely caught birds as they seemed to prefer field mice. They are too old now to bother with either so we are able to encourage the birds:)

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  7. Hello Rosie, What a fun exhibition of birdhouses. The beachy one appeals to me, too, and I also like The Pool.
    Hope your weekend is great!

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    1. The pool is sort of beachy too isn't it? It is a great exhibition:)

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  8. My favorites are the card house and the butterfly bird houses. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

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    1. The butterfly one is pretty isn't it and the card one an inspired idea:)

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  9. What an amazing exhibition, they all looked wonderful.

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  10. I love birds and bird houses. Maybe it's because of my name... I think one of these houses would be a wonderful little reading nook. Excellent project. I love this kind of education about nature.

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    1. It would be lovely to have one in the garden as a children's play house or litle nook to sit and read in wouldn't it?:)

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  11. The beach has to be my favourite! I would love a human sized birdhouse in the garden! Enjoy your weekend Rosie. x

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    1. They are quie large but I don't think you could stand up in one, a lovely idea to make one a bit bigger like a small shed but decorated:)

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  12. That's a bit different Rosie. I like Rebecca Adlington's the best, it reminds me of a beach hut which has nothing to do with birds really but never mind !! :-)

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    1. I expect you would get seagulls perching on the roof of a beach hut, the pool one is quite beachy too isn't it?:)

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  13. They're all so interesting - what a super idea. I think, like you, I prefer the beach one - it's very well done.

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    1. The beach one did appeal to me more than any of the others although there were a few that were very interesting:)

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  14. I prefer the rustic driftwood birdhouse also. What an unusual exhibition.

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    1. It is unusual and I was glad I ventured into the shopping cdentre to see it:)

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  15. They're wonderful. I like beachy/driftwood one too.

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  16. Do you know what will happen to the birdhouses after the exhibition? They look as if they're large enough to make cute playhouses if a door is added. Loved seeing them.

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    1. The exhibition has been spending several weeks at each of the intu shopping centres across the country and I think it is still touring when it closes here but after that I don't know if the birdhouses will go to their creators or be sold to help the RSPB charity:)

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  17. Your favorite is mine, too, Rosie. I also especially admire the pool one.

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    1. It is lovely isn't it and the pool and surfing one to:)

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  18. What a fantastic collection of birdhouses and all for such a great cause. I'd take Surf Chick Beach home with me in a heartbeat!

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    1. I love the seagull on that one:)

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  19. What a wonderful exhibition of birdhouses. All are lovely and especially I like the beach.
    I feel something exciting!

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    1. It is lovely isn't it? I'm glad you liked them:)

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  20. What fantastic bird houses! I especially like the last one. They would make amazing sculptures or play houses in the garden wouldn't they! I am sorry to be so late visiting, we had a minor domestic drama yesterday - nothing serious in the end, all ok - but I didn't get a change to do any blogging. Thank you so much for taking part in Five On Friday, I do appreciate it! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. Oh, dear Amy I hope all is well sometimes things just take over don't they? Glad to hear it isn't serious and now all is ok. Take care:)

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  21. What a wonderful and interesting exhibition - such a varied collection of bird houses. They are all lovely but my favourite is the last one too :)

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    1. I love all things coastal and beachy and that one just appealed to me. If I lived near the coast I'd love it in my garden:)

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