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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 8:57pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     
    Is it spring yet? I only ask because the sun was nice and warm today and the daffs are peeping out and the catkins are smiling
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 8:59pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     
    The fish are rising and eating well
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 9:02pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     
    We got primroses and polyanthas enjoying the warmth
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 9:04pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     
    Look theres a crocus the hens haven't found yet and wow rhubarb crumble will soon be on the menu
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 9:07pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     
    The forsythia is gleaming and hey I can see some bugs on that one
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 9:10pm (Mar 7th 2011) edited
     
    Sootz is so excited he is hugging the apple tree, hey Mum put your paw here near mine and you will feel the sap rising...... Yup must be spring
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 10:28pm (Mar 7th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's definitely spring NN!! Loving it, especially the sudden growth of dandelion leaves, hurrah!

    Great photos, I love the ones of Sootz, and the daffies.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2011 11:16pm (Mar 7th 2011)
     
    Think spring has arrived in your back yard NN! Love that last picture of Sootz - looks like he's communing with the tree!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2011 2:04pm (Mar 8th 2011)
     
    You got yourself a tree hugger. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2011 12:09am (Mar 9th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ShobhnaYou got yourself a tree hugger.<img src=" />

    Hahaha!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2011 2:20pm (Mar 9th 2011)
     
    He does love the apple tree and would have climbed it if I hadn't been there. Trouble is he is so big he keeps busting branches trying to get down !!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2011 5:10pm (Mar 9th 2011)
     
    Lionel rabbit says it's spring. Treacle rabbit says she has a headache...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2011 2:15pm (Mar 10th 2011)
     
    Ha ha :face-monkey:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2011 6:20pm (Mar 10th 2011)
     
    Posted By: nanny northThe forsythia is gleaming and hey I can see some bugs on that one

    I have one of these to NN and it is so Yellowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2011 8:09pm (Mar 11th 2011)
     
    They are a lovely much needed bolt of colour after the winter Lee.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2011 6:46am (Mar 12th 2011) edited
     
    We have very little signs of Spring here, I'm still waiting for them to show. Crossing fingers that it will be soon..I am soooo tired of Winter!:ack2:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2011 7:01am (Mar 12th 2011)
     
    Its lovely here this morning Lynn the sun is out and it looks like spring yep e!!!!!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 1:29pm (Mar 13th 2011)
     
    It will soon be with you Lynn, I know what you mean about being so tired of it. You have had it bad this year a lot worse than us for sure. It has been dryer here thank goodness as the mud was really starting to get me down. :flowers:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2011 6:42pm (Mar 13th 2011) edited
     
    NN, I'm with you, so TIRED of slogging around in the mud. We are having another windstorm again today..I just got the mess cleaned up from the last one.(sigh)

    ( jpg. of LynnW slamming head on desk) I just can't win! :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2011 8:08pm (Mar 17th 2011)
     
    How is it now Lynn has it dried up a little ? it has here thank goodness as I must start to tidy my garden it looks a real tip after the winter we have had this year.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2011 10:00pm (Mar 17th 2011)
     
    I've got ironic 'Keep off the grass' signs; ironic in that there isn't much grass, just mud...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2011 5:01pm (Mar 18th 2011)
     
    It was beautiful here today and I managed to get a couple of jobs done in the garden. Hens were shouting at me because I was digging in the veg plot and they were not invited. I did dig them their bit first but that wasn't quite the same apparently !!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2011 5:05pm (Mar 18th 2011)
     
    Been raining here all day and i am sick of getting wet!!!!!!!!!! it stopped in the last hour more mudddddddddddddddddd :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2011 5:09pm (Mar 18th 2011)
     
    Oh that was a shame Lee, it was so warm here I didnt need a coat or jumper. Mine you digging does make me break out into a sweat.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2011 6:15pm (Mar 18th 2011)
     
    ...into a glow, you mean, NN!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2011 5:22pm (Mar 19th 2011)
     
    The Sun is out here this morning, but the mud is so deep it's going to make working outside a bit of a challenge. I'm heading out the door to let my little Silkies out to play. I've got so much to do out there today, I guess I better get with it.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 2:25am (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    Well it's autumn here and what a lovely glorious day, blue sky and 26 degrees. Just perfect, been out to a cafe by the river with family and friends for a nice brunch.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 5:49pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    Today is the equinox; 12 hours of sun, 12 hours of night.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 6:20pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    It's supposed to be nice here again today..we did get lots of things done yesterday, but still have so much more to do..at least Spring did get here finally. I over did it yesterday and my back hurts something terrible today, but I still have to go out and get somethings done. I only got half of the lawn mowed so I must go finish that up.

    TM, it's good to see a post from you again. I'm glad you are having glorious weather there. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2011 4:42am (Mar 21st 2011)
     
    Thanks Lynn if you look in the thread 'Trev's mum's tales' you will read why I haven't been around much lately.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2011 5:42pm (Mar 26th 2011)
     
    My word it is so chilly today I even got a jumper on and have had to turn the heating back on
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2011 6:40pm (Mar 26th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yesterday I thought summer had arrived, honestly! I was out in shorts and a t-shirt and flip flops! Today it's back on with the woolly jumper and hat, brrr!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2011 8:09pm (Mar 26th 2011)
     
    Same here Red, I was sweltering yesterday trying to get stuff done in the garden. It was hard work as I had hurt my wrist and arm and leg falling down the hill last Saturday. got a bit done though and am glad I made the most of the sunshine.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2011 5:30pm (Mar 27th 2011)
     
    Played in two churches today; the first was 1000 years old and COLD. The second was just 250 years old and cold...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2011 6:36pm (Mar 27th 2011)
     
    Churches always seem to be cold even when it is sweltering outside
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2011 7:42pm (Mar 27th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was a little warmer today...I actually believed it was Spring and not winter still...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2011 9:59am (Mar 28th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    On our morning walk with Kasper at eight there was frost!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2011 4:49pm (Mar 28th 2011)
     
    Ooo, the joys of dog ownership...:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2011 4:58pm (Mar 28th 2011)
     
    I guess the folks in the churchyard are rather chilly too.
    Though I have my epitaph "Warm at Last"
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2011 5:06pm (Mar 28th 2011)
     
    ! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2011 8:52pm (Mar 28th 2011)
     
    Thats a good one Ollie.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2011 11:32pm (Mar 30th 2011)
     
    The calender may say it's Spring, but it still feels like muddy old Winter here. Night before last my horse rolled in the mud and got stuck up next to the barn all night long on his back. We had to have the Vet come out (to the tune of $458 dollars) to make sure he was ok. I have no idea why he rolled in that spot, he's just dumb as a rock I guess. I spent the day walking him up and down the driveway to make sure his insides were working properly. He seems alight today thank goodness. Oh and in the middle of all that confusion my 10 new baby chicks arrived at the post office and we had to run and pick them up...they are really cute, but couldn't have gotten here at a worse time.
    New babies:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2011 11:34pm (Mar 30th 2011)
     
    Oh and here is the one Silkie chick that hatched now at 4 weeks old
    Peepers:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 1:58am (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    Oh my word Lynn thank goodness your horse was ok, silly old thing fancy getting himself into such a pickle. They do love a bit of mud to roll in though don't they especially just after they have been groomed.
    Your little silkie is just the sweetest chick the little wing feathers are really starting to show now. How fast they grow up. I love the name Peepers. Look at your new chicks as well they are beautiful and don't look as if they were fazed with the journey. What breed are they ?
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 1:23pm (Mar 31st 2011) edited
     
    Lynn, I love the little chicks. they are beautilful.
    Hope the horse is OK now and is looking for another patch of mud to roll in and not that particular one.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 5:43pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cute, cute chicks Lynn :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 6:35pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    NN, they are Black Australorps. They were doing great till we had a power failure last night..they don't look too happy this morning. The Silkie eggs that I had in the incubator are dead now. At least my horse seems to be alright. We spent hours yesterday brushing the mud off of him...this is the first time he did NOT go out and roll first thing..he still looks perfect this morning. He was so traumatized by spending the night stuck in the mud, he may never roll in the dirt ever again.(that is just wishful thinking)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 7:42pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    Oh poor weeny things I do hope they pull through, this weather is just potty at the moment is that what caused your power failure? You did say you thought the eggs would be no good after the last power cut. What a shame I am so pleased you managed to save little Peeper.
    What a relief about your horse lets hope and pray he has the sense not to do that again in a hurry. I am sure all the brushing did him good and helped him calm down and the blood flowing properly.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 7:47pm (Mar 31st 2011) edited
     
    I got some pictures from Tuesdays outing to the Attenbourgh nature reserve I hope you enjoy them it was a lovely peacefull visit even though they are doing masses of work to encourage even more wildlife. Look at this tree in the picnic area isn't it beautiful
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 7:49pm (Mar 31st 2011) edited
     
    there was a lot of pairing off going on
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 7:55pm (Mar 31st 2011) edited
     
    loads of swans of course, this one loved being with me even though I didnt have any food for them. Look at these lovely Zombi ducks
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 7:59pm (Mar 31st 2011) edited
     
    I loved this pair of diving Pochard ducks, there they were and the next minute under water.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 8:01pm (Mar 31st 2011) edited
     
    Now what I think are my best two pictures of the day
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 9:06pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    Fantastic NN really great photos love the Ducks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 9:10pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    How terrible Lynn - I'm glad your horse has survived his trauma. You must've been very scared to find him in that situation too. And now you have the worry of your new chicks - I hope the power cut won't be detrimental to them.

    NN, I love it when you go for a day out! Your photos are always spectacular. I'd never heard of a zombie duck - I can see how it got its name though! Thank you for sharing them, your heron(?) is amazing.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 9:26pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    Yes, fingers crossed for you and your beasties, Lynn,,,
    Brilliant pix as per usual, NN; Kate's right, there's a book in you somewhere!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 9:47pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    Thank you all for your kind comments. Kate I dont know if they are really called zombie ducks they just look like they could be to me with their dark ringed eyes. That Heron was just amazing do you know what..... at one point I was about three metres away from it. I know I wear a camouflage jacket but that was just amazing. I am lucky though as birds do seem to like me. The swans usually come right up to me even though they don't know me.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2011 11:13pm (Mar 31st 2011)
     
    Oh I see! If it was April 1st you'd own me!!!!

    Swans are usually quite aggressive and defensive of their territory - I wouldn't let one get that close. As for herons, their whole technique is to be ninja-like and not let the fish know they're there, so maybe that's why he as happy to let you get that close.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2011 5:52am (Apr 2nd 2011)
     
    Fantastic pics NN and Lynn I am so glad your poor horse is ok after his overnight adventure.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2011 10:46am (Apr 4th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Great pics NN, I love the one of the heron stood on the plank.

    We've seen some fantastic animals out and about walking Kasper in the forest / Nature Park. Today we saw a newborn foal taking it's first few shaky steps!! :)

    Also seen two hawks, a heron (same one twice we think), a wild hare, a fox (in daylight running across a field, it looked magnificent) and some robins, haha!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2011 9:54pm (Apr 4th 2011)
     
    It must be wonderful to have all that so close to home Red. I'm glad you're getting out there and enjoying it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2011 10:27pm (Apr 4th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, it's weird to think there's all this opposite our road and we live in grimy Stoke-On -Trent, haha :laugh:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 1:26am (Apr 5th 2011) edited
     
    Thanks for the nice comments every one. I love to see the hares especially when they are boxing and playing. They are on the increase again which is very good news. It could have been a pair of herons Red a couple of weeks ago we went to Kings Mill resevoir and the herons were all sorting their nests out. I think some may even have been sitting already. We did get some pictures but they were not very good so I didn't bother to post any. I will post one so you can see the state of their messy old nests though !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 5:30pm (Apr 5th 2011)
     
    Posted By: nanny north I love to see the hares especially when they are boxing and playing. They are on the increase again which is very good news.

    Because hunting them is now banned...I hope the tories don't allow them to start up again.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 7:19pm (Apr 5th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Agreed CC.

    Wow NN, I didn't realise herons nested in trees! :P
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 8:26pm (Apr 5th 2011)
     
    There is a big heronry at Kingsmill resevoir, I don't think many people know it is there. In the winter look out for trees with white branches and trunks. Thats where the herons will be.... the white is their droppings they squirt it any and every where !!! Their nests as real untidy messy efforts and the herons look quite comical peering over the sides. They seem to be quite sociable birds as they nest close to each other. We will go again soon and see if we can see their young.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2011 9:17pm (Apr 5th 2011)
     
    I didn't know they nested in trees either, or that hares were hunted, I assume in the same way foxes are hunted. I am fully expecting the Gov't to allow hunting again - after all the majority of people don't want it and they prefer to go with the minority with money.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2011 6:18pm (Apr 6th 2011)
     
    Hee hee where did you think they nested just out of interest ??
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2011 6:46pm (Apr 6th 2011)
     
    In margarine tubs.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2011 9:36pm (Apr 6th 2011)
     
    I thought they nested in the reeds or long grass by a river or lake. They're such big birds to be sat up in a tree!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 1:26pm (Apr 7th 2011)
     
    CC, it has to be pretty large margarine tubs.
    :face-smile:

    Kate, I sort of thought that they nested in the reeds or long grass too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 2:09pm (Apr 7th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yep me too CC, I thought they nested on the ground in reeds.

    There are some massive nests in the fields by us, in the tress, that are about 2 feet tall. I wonder what they are?! They look like eagle's nests! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 5:33pm (Apr 7th 2011)
     
    Might be squirrel dreys.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 6:47pm (Apr 7th 2011)
     
    You will have to get a picture of them Red then between us all we might be able to suss out who's nests they are. Magpies build a fair sized nest as well as they like to make a roof on top of it
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 7:03pm (Apr 7th 2011) edited
     
    Oh what I was going to tell you about before getting side tracked by nests is that I saw my first Peacock butterfly today, the sad thing about it was it was in our fat bottomed girl Daisy's mouth and she gobbled it down right quick. So annoying as she has plenty of food I cook fish for them all every morning and evening they have a huge dish of biscuits to help themselves from as well as tid bits of cooked meats, Plus treats and king Prawns once a week. They are well spoilt
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 7:04pm (Apr 7th 2011)
     
    Sensible birds; sunshade or brolly built in!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2011 9:25pm (Apr 7th 2011)
     
    Ah, Daisy the Huntress!!!! Obviously she was protecting her family from a serious threat!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2011 1:00pm (Apr 8th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebObviously she was protecting her family from a serious threat!

    :rofl:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2011 4:38pm (Apr 8th 2011)
     
    :face-devil-grin:Ha ha that's our Daisy
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2011 10:52pm (Apr 10th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Today we saw an adult and young heron at Trentham lake. And then taking Kasp out for a last toilet break we heard an owl hooting, and then saw it fly away above us. Was awesome :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2011 7:48am (Apr 14th 2011)
     
    I wish Spring would get here..I'm sick of the rain and cold. I'd really love a nice warm day for a change. (sigh)..maybe it will get here one of these day.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2011 10:41am (Apr 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's chilly here again today although not quite frost level of cold, but I'm back in thick hoodies, full-length trousers and a woolly hat :(

    I don't understand how one day I can be too warm in a t-shirt and shorts, and the next I have to wear several layers of everything!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2011 5:23pm (Apr 14th 2011)
     
    Even I'm back in a jumper today, Red. And my first customer had her heating up at 300000000000 degreees, so I ended up peeled off to my t shirt!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2011 7:35pm (Apr 14th 2011)
     
    Soon be warmer for you Lynn not long to go now. It is supposed to get warmer for us again this weekend all being well.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2011 1:39pm (Apr 15th 2011)
     
    fingers crossed for a good weekend.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2011 1:32am (Apr 16th 2011)
     
    We got all the way up to 9C today or 48 degrees F..it's still not looking good for Spring to get here. (sigh) the nights are really cold..we had snow last week..now it's just rain. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2011 11:26am (Apr 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Lynn I was thinking about you today when we were out early with the dog. At first it was foggy and cold and there was frost on the ground, but by the time we got back it was sweltering, and I tried to send some sun your way!! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2011 11:28am (Apr 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh also, I tried to get some photos of the big nests but they didn't come out very well...
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2011 8:54pm (Apr 16th 2011) edited
     
    They do look like magpie nests to me Red they do build a big nest and it is very carefully constructed
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2011 10:41pm (Apr 16th 2011) edited
     
    Yes, I'd say magpie nests too. Its about the only bird we have nesting around here and they look like those. I think they use the same nest each year and add to it so it does get to be quite big.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2011 8:09pm (Apr 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow that's really intricate and cool!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2011 9:10pm (Apr 17th 2011)
     
    I always think birds nests are the most amazing structures when you think they have no hands to help them. I had a little paint your own bird house as a fun Christmas pressy. It is no good as a bird house as it has three holes in the front. What I did do with it though is fill it with cat hair, tail ends of cross stitch floss and wool cut into small bits. Tufts the cats have clawed from my carpet !!! The birds have been taking it all out to line their nests with and the cat hair has been the most favoured so far. I have had to refill it several times so I have been real pleased it turned out really usefull.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2011 11:57pm (Apr 17th 2011)
     
    NN an inventive woman like me, love it, that is so clever, I wondered where you were heading with it for a moment.
    I love birds to and we have lost of native birds visit, the coloured parrots share our apple tree with us (although I think they ate the larger share this year) and we have those dear little honey eaters flitting in and out of our fernery and I put assorted food out for them too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2011 6:08pm (Apr 18th 2011)
     
    What a brilliant idea, NN!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2011 8:58pm (Apr 18th 2011) edited
     
    I managed to get a picture of one of my bird house birds and you can just see the nest lining box as well. It isn't painted very well because the paints had dried up. The birds are not worried about it though. Sorry the picture isn't very good I had to lurk about in the green house to get it!!!! The second picture is of the other one in the plum tree.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2011 9:01pm (Apr 18th 2011)
     
    We had a tiny little shower the other day but the rainbow was spectacular
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2011 9:41pm (Apr 18th 2011)
     
    CC, you took the words right out of my mouth (as Meatloaf would say!) That is a great idea NN. I have put the combings from my cat out before now, but they don't bother with it and I end up throwing it away a week later. Perhaps they don't like it when it's been on the floor, so your bird house solution is great!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2011 5:54am (Apr 19th 2011)
     
    Yeaah Meatloaf fan me too Kate!!!

    Great pics NN I love the thought of you 'lurking' in the greenhouse to get a pic. Grandad North may have looked out and thought WHAT is that woman up to now???
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2011 8:06am (Apr 19th 2011)
     
    Beautiful pictures, NN. The little birds are so cute.

    It's not Spring here yet..we had snow this morning and it says on the weather forecast that we could have more tonight and tomorrow. We may be in an ice age here in Washington. :face-sad: I want to see the Sun and have a day that is above 50 degrees..oh and no more stupid SNOW! ENOUGH ALREADY :svengo:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2011 9:25am (Apr 19th 2011)
     
    Oh Lynn, you should be here in UK.
    Spring is truely here this week.
    Of course, being UK this could be our summer too!

    :sun: