Thursday, 2 December 2010

Bird food during cold weather

Been keeping the bird feeders topped up and scattering seeds on top of the snow. Lots of birds coming into our garden to find food and because of the snow, fewer cats. Hooray!

Just heard crows, magpies and a jay screeching. Looked out in time to see a small bird of prey carrying off a blackbird into our leylandii hedge. Bit of a reminder about the natural world that all animals are struggling for food during this cold snap and travelling further afield I guess to find food.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Cat menace to wildlife

Arrived just too late to stop the killing of a grey squirrel by one of the many cats that roam our neighbourhood. Chased the black and white menace away but the squirrel was breathing its last. Owner had managed to put a collar on their beloved moggy but couldn't be bothered to add a bell to give wildlife a chance. Shame on you cat owners that let your beasts loose without a bell. Time to go and dig a grave before my little kids find nutkin.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Amazing Christmas gift idea

Finally got myself organised after nearly a year to donate blood again.

Feel bad it took me so long but at least I did it. Blood stocks are low and with Bonfire Night tonight and Christmas celebrations on their way, please give it a go.

It is easy, plus you get to eat chocolate biscuits and crisp afterwards! Nurses orders.


Donating blood is giving someone the gift of life. Go to the web site for the

 National Blood Service and type in your post code to find your nearest session.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Local elections in Norwich - don't forget to vote

Not a fan of graffiti usually but saw this re-working of a famous World War 2 poster and it made me smile. It is the 70th anniversary of the Blitz tomorrow and it is easy to forget the sacrifices made by so many people to give us the freedom we enjoy today. Much as I am fed up with politics, I think it is my responsibility to vote.  After all, if I vote I have kept my right to moan about the result! We have local elections on 9th September and it will be interesting to see how the coalition parties do in Norwich. Hope we get a change this time.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


Despite all this rain and gales, our dwarf sunflower is still cheering us up and producing more flower heads.


Saturday, 14 August 2010

Stubby carrots

Just picked some carrots with my children from our little veg patch. Bit rubbish and stubby but who cares? They loved pulling them up and got excited and they should taste nice at lunchtime.   :-)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Reason to grow your own salad

Got a bag of salad from Tesco. It was such a relief to see the 'V' symbol on the back of the packaging and to read that salad IS in fact suitable for vegetarians! Nice to know that Tesco rate the UK public as having decent IQs. Yet another reason to grow your own in the face of such an idiotic thing.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Some things like thunderstorms in Summer

Just came back from a weeks holiday in the beautiful Peak District and got used to some proper summer weather. Today in Norfolk we've had downpours and a thunderstorm. At least this little frog likes it and can help ne protect my seedlings from the slugs. Saves me reaching for the table salt. Only joking!


Sunday, 16 May 2010

Will the nimbys win on renewables in the Con-Lib coalition?

There has been a lot of speculation on the direction of the policies towards the environment in the UK with the new coalition government. The Independent on Sunday highlights the areas where blue and yellow don't make green, one being an increase in energy generation from wind turbines.

My view is that the situation we are in demands that all options need to be considered, including nuclear.

We will have to see whether this new government can agree on this important issue on our behalf rather than on their party supporters behalf who may not like a change in the skyline.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Grey squirrel dilemma

Was pegging out washing this morning and spotted a young grey squirrel in a shady part of our garden on the forage. He got really close and despite what they have done to the red squirrels in this country, it was very sweet.

He disappeared in our shrubs and I didn't think any more about it as we get loads of squirrels in our garden, nicking the food I leave for the birds.

Late afternoon, I saw a neighbourhood cat stalking something and spotted a bushy tail poking above the grass at the base of one of our pine trees. I chased that away and saw the little squirrel again. It didn't want to move and eventually curled up and went to sleep on the ground.

This one of those wildlife dilemmas. Should I try to look after it in a box or leave it alone and let nature take it's course. I chose the latter but when another menacing cat appeared at sunset, I scared that one away and gave the squirrel a friendly nudge and it shot up the tree. Hope it stays there tonight.
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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The joy of pegging plastic

At last the good weather is here! Grass is cut and no mercy shown to the sycamore seedlings. We even managed to wash a plastic bag for reuse and peg it out with the washing. Spring is here at last.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Man and the Environment exhibition at The Forum, Norwich

There is a brilliant art exhibition at The Forum in Norwich until 15th February. It is entitled 'Man and the Environment'. Paintings and sculptures made from natural materials. My daughter and I like the giraffe best but the crocodile is a close second, but don't tell it that as we don't want to be next on the menu! ;-)

Friday, 8 January 2010

Remember to feed the birds in the snow

We've had more snow in Norfolk today, and have been aware how reliant the birds are on us as this harsh snowy weather persists. Just topped up our bird feeders and have been rewarded by seeing a beautifully coloured Jay swoop in to feed on the nuts I dropped on the ground. :-)