Friday, 31 December 2010
Highlights in the garden this month have been a brief visit from a Mistle Thrush, and the return of a Brambling - although we have only had one visit from him so far. We are hopeful that he will become a daily visitor; as they were last winter. Further afield a Little Owl was spotted just out of the village and Roe Deer have been seen on a number of occasions both from the house, and on walks.
Monday, 20 December 2010
Blencathra through the windscreen (no, I wasn't driving!) on the way to Keswick
Causey Pike through the windscreen as we drove through Keswick
Skiddaw from Booths carpark
Blencathra from the other side, on the way home.
All that and no more than 15 cars in Booths carpark. No queue at the check out, and home by 10.30am!
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Try getting 15 in one shot (no pun intended!). Maybe it was because The Estate were shooting today. they certainly didn't hang around for long. The Pheasies are a bit jumpy too!
It's all well and good getting up there, but how do you take off when your wing is trapped by a pole? Like this......
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Getting them all in shot is apparently, impossible. Getting pheasant and partridge in the same shot is also pretty difficult.
Those with a sharp eye will notice a subtle difference in the ground conditions of these two shots. The first was taken a couple of days ago, the second at lunchtime today. By then the snow had stopped falling - but more is forecast for later........
Thursday, 9 December 2010
We have friends who have experienced this too; in West Cumbria (t'other side of Skiddaw for those with local knowledge). Their sparky turned up only a few days ago. It must be catching, ours phoned last night and they were here today. Whoopee! We can use the airing cupboard at last, and the bathroom is finished bar the flooring. AND the first fix is done in the wet room.
Meanwhile, Gordon has been making great strides with the tiling........
All we need now is for another set of Hen's teeth to appear tomorrow (that'll be the plumbers then). Oh and can you send that Brambling over please Bilbo, ours still haven't arrived!
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
The house has gone from complete chaos to something worse than that in the last two days. Partly due to the freezing conditions, and the fact that there is temporarily no heating in the wet room; it has one outside wall and one against a very cold garage - this meant that the cement for the floor former didn't go off over the weekend, so when Nigel and Mike came to continue with the plumbing on Monday morning (yes we were surprised to see them too!), they had to put plan B into action and relay the former. Bugger. That'll be another day or two for it to go off - this time with a heater in there.
Ho, Hum. Gordon has been today and made a start on the tiling in the other half of the room, so all is not lost. Anyway, now you get a better view of the former. I bet you're thrilled about that!!
That's not the end of it though. We have had a worrying smell of woodsmoke in our bedroom for the last few days. The chimney passes through our room, and our worst fears are that the liner has cracked.
On recommendation from neighbours and Nigel, we got in touch with a local Chimney Sweep/Wood Burner Installer/Fireman - Jim - who, bless his little cotton socks promptly arrived this morning.
This of course means that having the house trashed already, we had to completely strip the front room down in anticipation of lots of soot. Curtains, pictures, ornaments, lamps. You name it, they had to come out of there and go with all our other misplaced possessions around the habitable bits of the house.
To cut a very long story only slightly shorter; It appears that the stove was not installed particularly well and Jim has put in a fix which - if we cross our fingers - appears so far to have cured the problem. If it doesn't - then it means our worst fears were probably correct.
Monday, 6 December 2010
-10.9'c last night, and heading that way again tonight.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
For those with an interest in the obscure; this is a wetroom floor former. The slit is not, apparently for posting letters.
The slit is for the drainage channel (cover leaning against the wall) which is under the box of tiles, which are, crucially, holding the whole thing in place whilst the concrete goes off over the weekend.
In the mean time, Husband has been busy removing the remainder of the tiles, adhesive and PVAing the walls in preparation for tiling.
The 'promise' is of much activity this week. However, looking at the temperature tonight (currently -8.8'c), we suspect the activity may be elsewhere!
Friday, 3 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
You will have to look closely to see her - she is hiding under the bird table, and infact you'll have to take my word for it that it is a bullfinch under there (you can only see her bum!). Fingers crossed that we get more visits soon.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
The birds are very happy we live here at the moment. Current amusement is often cause by fighting Robins. We get none in the back garden all summer, but now the immigrants are here looking for their winter territory, we had 5 all at once the other day! We also had 4 hen pheasants all at once one day this week, as well as 4 partridges. It seems like multiples are the order of the day (until I get the camera out of course).
The freezing conditions have brought other visitors into the garden who we haven't seen much of for months. Namely Robins, Blackbirds, a wren and two different partridge families. A family of four pictured here and another, larger family - at least seven, who have been furtling about early in the morning.
Monday, 29 November 2010
Merrily I tell them that it's not bad here. 3 or 4 inches, although we seem to get topped up over night each night and it has been bitterly cold - not having gone above freezing for days. However, it's really dry powdery snow, so it's not really causing too much problems.
Then, I let the dog out..............
We seem to have had at least an inch since I last looked out, and it's a white out at the moment.
We'll have to see what the morning brings!
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The temperature got down to a low of -5.8'c overnight, with a high today of -1.8'c. Mind you I've no idea when that was, as it was below -3'c every time I looked at the thermometre.
Some of us couldn't contain our excitement at the prospect of going out to play in the snow.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
and this is what it looks like tonight.
I would love to be able to say that we are now getting straight upstairs, but as the sparkies haven't managed to get here to finish off the extractor fan and some switching in the airing cupboard, we haven't been able to give the bathroom it's final clean down prior to putting everything back in there, and the airing cupboard is still empty. It sounds ridiculous, but every room in the house is currently a bit upside down, either because stuff is in there that shouldn't be, but it's got nowhere else to go at present; or, there are dustsheets about because the sparkies need to be getting in/out of the loft to do the extractor.
Never mind, it will all be worth it in the long run. I don't like housework anyway, and this is a really good excuse for not doing any :-)
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
It hardly seems possible but it is a year since we moved here. Today we woke to a frosty morning with a few flakes of snow littering the ground. This time last year it was WET, WET, WET; with much of the county trying to recover from the recent floods. How much has changed in 12 months!
We're off out to celebrate tonight. A 'Majestic' wine tasting followed by an Indian meal - with our 'new' neighbours - who have now become very good friends.
It just goes to prove that good things do come to those who wait. It just doesn't feel very likely when you are doing the waiting!
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
The package as collected. The observant of you will notice that there is a smaller shrub lurking in the bag too.
Duly planted and staked. The Cotoneaster 'Hybridus Pendulus' will hopefully look good and help feed the birds for a long time to come. Thank you Mum and Dad!
Whilst we were ordering the tree, it seemed like a good opportunity to get another shrub we were wanting to fill an awkward space. This time cover as well as food for the birds is the long term aim. This one is Cotoneaster 'Wardii'.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Meanwhile, those that can't get on the coconuts (they are not keen on sharing them) or the seed feeders and peanuts (for all the other birds) have decided that now is a good time to demolish the sunflower heads that have been left standing, for precisely that reason. It's lovely to see them going to good use.
Christmas has also come early for us today. We thought we'd try something a bit different this year. Having grown new Potatoes in tubs as opposed to in the ground this year and found it to be incredibly successful; we thought we'd have a go at growing some for Christmas. One of the tubs has developed a drainage problem in the last week or two, so rather than let them rot (if indeed there was anything in there), we decided to have a dig about and see what was what.
The variety is Kestrel, and I am hoping they will taste as good as they look. I wonder if any of the other tubs will still be intact by December 25th?