Starlings 

Well the starlings are back and very busy . They’ve wasted no time in tucking into my mealworms . Mealworms are a popular choice of food at this time of year for most birds . Guess it’s a bit like a takeaway for them .” Fly through ” easy and convenient . Hopefully I will get some youngster shots soon .

Why not try and put some mealworms out this weekend ?

2 Fingers Up To Our Council!

So our fridge freezer gave up the ghost over the weekend and for the first time ever we had a bit of food waste !!!

It’s never happened as we recycle so much . If we don’t have it birds or foxes have it .But even this thawed out food we didn’t want to put out for wildlife .

So it’s made us realize I’m not prepared to pay more for our green bin this year ontop of our council tax . There are too many restrictions on what organic material we can Put in our green bin .

Second compost bin it is . It arrives tomorrow so I will update you on the best way to reuse your own organic waste and how to get your compost off to a good start. In the meantime, why not check out my Compost Better Than You Can Buy  post!

Greenway and Dittisham 

An amazing and ridiculously dog friendly place to go!

First we started off at “greenway ” – a national trust park which was Agatha Christie’s holiday Home and the location where John Suchard’s Poirot was filmed.

Surrounded by beautiful scenery and dogs are allowed anywhere including formal gardens. The only place they’re not allowed is the house itself .

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It is quite hilly but well worth the views you get . The staff are really friendly almost like a family and you are made to feel very welcome . Easily lose a good few hours . But must warn you parking has to be prebooked  in advance . National trust members totally free . 

Next stop ferry to Dartmouth and back just a two minute drive from greenway . You can board a ferry and take a 1 hour ferry to Dartmouth and back . Yet again dogs allowed for free .

I just had to get in shot !

This is the life !!

A very nice leisurely cruise . You can see agatha christies house plus the royal naval college where prince Philip first met the queen and a viaduct built for the steam trains ( still in use and also dog friendly ) by Isambard  kingdom Brunel .

Not another boat !

And when you finally get off the ferry . Why not get straight on another boat to dittisham . Yep you guessed it dog friendly . Two minutes across the river . A really small village with lots of trails to discover . Or if you have older dogs just visit the local pub “FBI ” fishing boat inn. It’s very small but the staff are incredibly friendly again .

It’s not a posh place , in fact it was like going back in time but well worth a visit to get a real Devon experience .

Tomorrow is the pirate festival at Brixton . Watch this space to see what we get up to!

Compost Better Than You Can Buy 

I hope you’ve all had a great Easter! Now, I’m sure you’ll be left with a lot of fruit, veg and other foods to get rid of today, which is where a compost bin comes in.

I like to recycle pretty much everything. So my compost bin is so well used I’m having to get another one!

Anything green goes in. Fruit , salad, veg and even paper.

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Did you know that paper helps break the compost down? And it’s a brilliant way to get rid of letters with your personal details on. It’s the perfect way to get rid of private documents whilst also helping out our garden!

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It’s also good if you put grass clippings in your bin. Layer it with paper and the paper helps to dry the grass out- which speeds up the process and reduces the smell. Also if you just keep putting grass cuttings in and nothing else it will never break down . 

What do you put in your compost bin? Do you have any tips?

Wildlife Night Camera 

So I’ve taken the plunge… I’ve decided to get a Wildlife Camera.

I’m up at 3.30 every morning and I always hear noises outside, and I’m hoping I will be able to capture the culprits . 

I’m suspecting they are foxes as they are digging up holes near my compost bin .

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Image result for foxSo I’m hoping to capture these lovely animals on camera. Maybe even some cubs if I’m lucky. If I do, I will be sure to update you all!

I think it’s a shame that our native mammal is classed as vermin … what do you think?

Cats in the Garden

IMG_3147IMG_3148I love cats I really do . But I wish people would put bells on them . They’re a really good predator and it’s a scary time for the birds as they’re rushing around building nests , roosting or even rearing chicks .IMG_3002

I’ve been sat I the garden today and I’ve seen lots of species of bird . Long tailed tits , blue tits . Wrens which are nesting in my garden . The mischievous starlings are back and they always seem up to no good and I always fill the bird bath up as they love a good bath . Sparrows are always in but all the birds are wary of the hooligan magpies . And my latest cheeky friend is a robin who seems to have been watching Tony blackbird feeding on mealworms from the table.IMG_3150

I have a large amount of feeders all over the garden offering all sorts of tasty treats to encourage as many birds as possible . Mixed seed . Fat blocks . Peanuts and Niger seeds .

Why don’t you try and find time over the weekend to see how many different birds you can see . I was only out for five minutes and I saw all of these including the usual collared doves and woodpigeons practicing karate on each other in their fight for territory !!! 

He’s such a poser

Having a good wash

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I don’t like garden gnomes. I don’t know if you could tell.

Luckily, I have a new friend in my garden that takes care of the problem for me.

Meet… GNOMEZILLA

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Scary, right?

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It’s the perfect gnome-haters garden gnome. And you can get yourself one right > here <

He’s now sitting very proudly at the back of my garden ready to tackle any of those pesky creatures who wander in. Don’t worry though, he doesn’t attack any of the other wildlife in the garden! File_005 (3)

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Pigeon Alert 

Now this photo may look a little strange but I got the inspiration for this from something I’ve seen .

 

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Im a huge lover of wildlife but I’m afraid the common pigeon is a pest . So this is an experiment to see if I can stop them making a nuisance of themselves .

IMG_3005 The odd one I don’t mind but if you let one in your soon over run . I’m just hoping the wood pigeons and collared doves figure it out . 

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I’m also hoping this will stop my feeders from clogging up with rain water. And if all else fails, it gives the neighbours something to talk about!

Took a few hours but he finally cracked it !!! No pigeons no far so fingers crossed

Hollingworth lake 

Hollingworth Lake– It’s a lovely place in Rochdale to take your dogs for a walk . Whether it be just around the lake itself, Or if you prefer you can tackle the surrounding hillsides which takes in parts is saddleworth moor where you may see roe deer , hare and a variety of moorland birds which will be starting to nest soon . You could really spend the whole day just exploring the countryside and enjoying nature . I recommend also Ogden reservoir which is in walking distance of Hollingworth lake . There are a few hard terrain parts but as long as you dress well you well enjoy some stunning views .

But if you just want a gentle walk as we have to at the moment because our doggies are getting on a bit now . Hollingsworth lake is perfect as it’s all flat and very accessible .

There are plenty of places to eat and drink too so we decided to take our doggies for a pub lunch .

Can I sit on this comfy chair please . This is Archie

Millie windsurfing . 17 years old and when she gets tired she loves to be in her buggie