Welcome to my Blog!

Hello Everyone! Today I am launching my new blog and I just wanted to tell you a little bit about me…

I work in retail, but my real passion is the environment. Not what it can do for me but what I can do for it.

I have a medium sized garden. Yes it’s not immaculate but neither is the real world. It’s my personal space and it attracts a whole range of wildlife from insects to animals. Its my own Flixton nature reserve where all animals and insects are welcome.

I can show you how pretty much use any food you’d normally throw away- and how it can be reused in one way or another to encourage the right birds and insects to prevent or reduce the need for chemicals. Also I will be showing you places around the UK, mainly Northwest, where you can enjoy nature and that are dog friendly. Alongside my daughters blog- Wag Yourself Happy– where she’s always tagging my pooches. Hope you like my page!

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Harris hawk 

Well this unpredictable bird certainly gave us a run for our money whilst on our hawk walk she flew off and nearly got a pheasant right in front of us . Fortunately for the pheasant , Harris hawks aren’t solitary hunters and usually there are several of them that work to hunt their prey .

However we were told that only yesterday he’d managed to get a duck from one of the surrounding gardens …. a sitting duck literally !!

They hunt with there eyes and can see upto a mile away . those talons are lethal aren’t they ? That wing span !!!

Fireworks 

I’m totally understanding people wanting to celebrate bonfire night . But these days it’s all weekend . 

We worry about our pets and reassure them .

But what about the poor wildlife  ? 

I’ve just been letting our dogs out in the garden and I’ve heard a tawny owl calling out … several times . 

Obviously in distress …. why can’t we stick to organized displays only ? 

Ellie And Archie

I agonized for weeks after Millie but Archie was so stressed on his own .

But I’m pleased to say Ellie has definitely turned things around , not only for us but more importantly Archie ( the main man )

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92EE6F27-979D-4205-BC2C-85639D2B6978.jpeghis inner youth is coming back … he’s even starting to be a bit of a shit  , which if you’ve ever owned spaniels is the best feeling ever

Late autumn colour 

It’s been a funny few weeks weatherwise and I’ve not had much chance to get out into the garden . 

So today once the fog lifted I headed out to inspect and see how things are fairing . 

I can’t believe how many plants are still in flower fuschia violets nasturtiums verbena campanula marigolds salvia hotlips . And the sage leaves still smell amazing penstomen 

it’s really refreshing to see all these colours now the days are growing shorter. 

New beginnings 

Miss Millie so much. I’ve avoided her favourite walk for 2 months…, fell to pieces when we first went back . But need to make new memories there is a pear tree we used to pick from . She knew exactly where it was .,, we used to pick them and throw them for her until she’d eventually eat it.. that’s why in the spring we’re buying a pear tree to plant near where her and Harry who we lost a few years ago are laid to rest 

Mild weekend 

Well it’s been such a mild day today here in Manchester . And there’s been a ridiculous amount of ladybirds around . 

I’ve noticed over the past few years these swarms appearing briefly around October just as they’re getting ready to hibernate . 

Awesome to see . As long as you don’t mind them landing all over you that is ! 

Ellie 

We’ve welcomed a new addition into the household this weekend . So I’ve not really had time to write . Looking forward to our outings and walks with this 14 month old beauty “Ellie” 

Fun times ahead and hopefully Archie will feel less anxious as he’s struggled since the passing of Millie . 

Archie