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The Birds

Yes, capitalized on purpose, because it is supposed to call to mind Hitchcock’s The Birds.  Maybe you will understand when you look at this: I know they don’t look like much in this picture, but there were anywhere from 30-50 starlings repeatedly landing in the garden.  That was bad enough, but if you look closely … Continue reading

Did I Just See What I Think I Saw?

Moaning about the Weather The weather is and has been what anyone in the UK would call ‘pants.’  Not just for the last day or even the last week.  More like the last two weeks with no end in sight.  It’s not just the rain, but the cold, winter cold.  We have had heating on, fires … Continue reading

Empty Nest or Goodbye, Fuzz

It’s just not the same this spring; I don’t have the same sense of anticipation as I had just a few short months ago.  And, it’s all down to the disappearance a month ago of my pal, the boss of the yard, Fuzz.  Those of you who have read this blog for awhile will know … Continue reading

Watching Winter

I found out the answer to my monster wasp in winter question by watching WinterWatch 2013 last week.  ‘Season’ + Watch+ year is a BBC nature series, big on live nature cams and pre-recorded video footage of any kind of nature during the particular season it is being aired.** Before revealing the answer, just a few … Continue reading

Further Adventures of the Fuzzy Five, or Exactly How Bald Can a Bird Get?

Erithacus rubecula Latin name for Robin (British, for the American Robin an entirely different term,Turdus Migratorious–no sniggering in the back there!) sed hae tantae tamque artifices argutiae a XV diebus paulatim desinunt, nec ut fatigatas possis dicere aut satiatas. mox aestu aucto in totum alia vox fit, nec modulata aut varia; mutatur et color. postremo … Continue reading

The Little Birds Nursery School, or, Heaven Shrill with Song

Nunc viridant segetes, nunc floret germine campi, nunc turgent vites, est nunc pulcherrimus annus, nunc pictae volucres permulcent ethera cantu, nunc mare, nunc tellus, nunc celi sidera rident. Sedulius Scottus And now for something completely different….from the last post:  A baby count as of the end of July (forgive me, a bit behind so this … Continue reading

And We Have Lift Off!

I am a bit behind on posts because we have been entertaining my brother and niece, over from the States for the past few weeks.  It’s been a whirlwind of touring, although not as far-flung as my friend in the photo above. Here is a bit of what was going on as of the end … Continue reading

FEED ME!

A Squat in April And that’s because we only knew of our lodger’s presence when we noticed a leak above our bedroom window, right beneath the eaves of the roof.  We knew we had a slipped tile towards the end of winter and tried to fix it as best as we could, but would most likely need … Continue reading

It’s Like Pandora’s Box Has Opened

The wildlife keeps popping into the yard, as if they have been sprung from somewhere, probably the farmer’s field where the booming of the crow scarers go off all day. He’s a Daddy-O! As of this very weekend, Fuzzio is now a Daddy-O.  We finally located the robins’ nest in a tree in our driveway, … Continue reading

De Consolatione Philosophiae: I will give wings to your mind

For Easter:  haec cum philosophia dignitate uultus et oris grauitate pennas etiam tuae menti quibus se in altum tollere possit adfigam, ut perturbatione depulsa sospes in patriam meo ductu, mea semita, meis etiam uehiculis reuertaris. verse 4M1 sunt etenim pennae uolucres mihi quae celsa conscendant poli; quas sibi cum uelox mens induit terras perosa despicit,aeris … Continue reading

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