Monday, 30 January 2012
Considering they are insectivores, it's amazing how much interest it show in the nuts that are strung up for Blueys, Woodpeckers, Nuthatch etc
Presumably the nut shells are harbouring a whole host of minute snacks
And after lunch, it's back to work, creeping up the tree
Saturday, 21 January 2012
In the end, defeat has been admitted. A plank of wood........
some cast iron hooks............
some antique wax, a drill and a few screws and: Hey Presto........
Monday, 16 January 2012
By lunchtime all was chopped and stacked - I do have my uses too
After a quick sweep of the drive, that left us plenty of time for our daily walk!
Sunday, 15 January 2012
We were planning on tackling it fairly soon although we were kind of hoping to borrow Andrew's quad to bring it down to the house. Fran however had other plans. Andrew was not going to lend us his quad on this occasion, he would log it all and bring it down to the house for us. No amount of arguing would change their minds - in their view this is pay back for help with sheep and cattle (which is very willingly given because, strangely we enjoy that kind of thing) and occasional help with hens. Anyhow, our chainsaw decided to die this week, so actually, it really was a huge favour - and a family do as well.
Andrew at the helm, ably assisted by 'Husband' and Fran
Ellen and Lewis pulling the wood from it's current store and sorting out the bonfire bits
Laura waits patiently to load the trailer
An afternoons work and the drive is covered in logs ready to be stacked tomorrow.
Now THAT's what friendship is all about!
Friday, 13 January 2012
Briefly today, we had the eerie experience of an inversion rolling in on us. I'm sure these pics won't do it justice, or make the drop in temperature apparent as the
cloud rolled in
Then, just as quickly as it appeared, it was gone, leaving us with another beautiful sunset (spot the Robin)
Then another inversion started to swallow us up.
Just to prove I wasn't cloud watching all day - the first seeds of 2012 are now planted.........
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
All this pruning of friends Willow Sculptures has given us an idea...........
We wouldn't want a fence here, it would get blown away anyhow. A hedge would be too wide. So why not have a living willow screen instead? It can't be that difficult?
Time will tell whether or not the willow will take, time will also tell if we live to regret it. But for now, we think it could just be what was required.
Monday, 9 January 2012
a) The weather is playing ball
b) We haven't got anything else planned
c) I'm in the right mood.
First we go to the goat paddock and raid their stick pile
Then we go up the road to the farm to prune the Willow sculptures in the garden
Then the 'Genius!' gets to work
By dusk we have three windbreak hurdles to protect our veggie seedlings from strangles
and an obelisk to give the tropaeolum something to climb up when the conifer gets the chop, and the replacement shrubs are still small.
Not the most professional specimens, but them I'm not a professional and frankly, I really couldn't care! Having exhausted one supply of willow, that will do for now, but more may be added if/when we find some more suitable and I can be bothered!
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Once he realised I was there, he was off in a flash as usual. But as he was unsuccessful this time he will undoubtedly be back very soon