This coming weekend I will be participating in the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch. All you have to do is record the birds you see in one hour over the two days! (full details here
) I've done this for a number of years now even though we didn't join the RSPB until a couple of years ago. We have lots of birds visit our garden and I have three areas where I feed them.
We have loads of sparrows! They have done so well here over the last couple of years. I think it's because we have hedges and shrubs on two sides of the garden. They particularly like the holly hedge at the top of the garden where they wait to be fed each morning sometimes flying across the garden and into the hedge as I walk towards it just as if they are vying to be first in the queue. The hedge is a good refuge from the sparrowhawk that occasionally flies across the garden and sometimes lands.
We have a few blackbirds too. One of the males is quite aggressive and chases the other birds away from the food!
The little robin sings every morning before I put out his meal worms. He is always first in line for these although he sometimes loses out to a couple of magpies who drop by to see what is available on the food table. I can hear him now, through the open bedroom window, singing as I type this post.
We are so pleased to have the song thrush back! We had three the year before last and they did an excellent job of clearing the slugs and snails in the garden. In the middle of last year there was just one and then it disappeared but it came back and it is still here - I haven't seen it for a while but my neighbours have.
This week I was very honoured to receive this blog award from both Elaine at A Woman of the Soil
. and Suzy at Rustic Vintage Country
Do go and visit their lovely blogs and whilst you are there you can also visit some of the other blogs they have given this award to. Some of them are bloggy friends of old whose blogs I know and love, whilst others are new to me. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Elaine and Suzy! I have to nominate 7 other blogs that I've just recently
discovered and that I have enjoyed and I also have to reveal 7 things about myself so here goes. I have found lots of 'new to me' blogs whilst participating in the 'Photo Scavenger Hunt' each month so I'm going to nominate some of those.
Stand and Stare
The Diary of an Unremarkeable Woman
Stitch of Time
Little Blue Mouse
A Place for everything
Marmalade and Catmint
Seven things about myself
1) I love Museums and historic buildings infact anything historical especially relating to social, local and industrial history.
2) I love books, reading, libraries and book shops.
3) I love the theatre and have a huge collection of programmes from just about every production I have ever seen from about 1966.
4) I left school at 15 and did my 'A' levels at night school then studied for a degree with the Open University (History and History of Art) when I was in my 30s then about 20 years later did their course on Creative Writing.
5) I've been researching my family history since 1988 when you had to travel to archives and look at parish register books placed on a cushion wearing white cotton gloves to protect the pages. It is so much easier now most records are on the internet. I was surprised to find I have Scottish ancestors on my mother's side.
6) A long time ago (c.1975) at the first Museum and Art Gallery I worked in I sold a painting of a can opener from an exhibition we had in the gallery to the jazz musician George Melly who'd been performing, the night before, at the theatre next door. He was thrilled with it and told me it would amuse the boys in the band who were then John Chiltern's Feetwarmers!
7) I have bronze, silver and gold medals in 'Disco Dancing' - I danced my gold medal set pieces to 'Eye to Eye Contact' by Edwin Starr, 'Enough is Enough' by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand and 'We Don't Talk Anymore' by Cliff Richard.
Well, that's quite enough about me! I hope you'll pop along and visit the blogs I've mentioned and perhaps have a go at the Big Garden Bird Watch as well.