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Hello there world…. I’m happy to say that energy levels and general vitality seems to be on the up, here on windyhill.

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We’ve had some lovely bright days just recently. This is my parents winter flowering viburnum…

It’s absolutely beautiful and smells wonderful…

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Each little, perfect flower glows bright pink and looks wonderful against its leafless branches.

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Today has been a beautiful, crisp, frosty morning. Bitterly cold but worth wrapping up for and exploring. Little b and I pottered down to our village post office….

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I wrapped the little mite up within an inch of her life…. How I wish I had one of those cosy, warm snow suits!!

And off we set over the iron set earth, over the farmers field to buy some envelopes.

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We stopped off to see our friendly horses at the bottom of our garden…. That’s our house at the top left you can see….

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I love the bright blue sky with the wispy cobwebs that streak through it….

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A new horse has arrived and little b wanted to meet him…

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And over in the distance, the wintry scene of sheep grazing on frozen land was a beautiful one.

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The moss glowed a curious colour, frosted with ice…

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And our shadows amused us on the frosted field.

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We’ve had a roaring fire everyday, and little b likes to tell tinky to sit with her….

And tinky loves the attention. What a lovely, picturesque day to breathe some crisp air into our bodies and oxygenate our blood with what felt like such purity. How I absolutely adore the warm little hands that hang on to mine so tightly as we walk along. I look down at my little friend as we walk and feel like I’ve grown an extra part of my own body…. I listen with as much interest as an avid reader who has just picked up a new book to her excited exclamations and mini sentences. I just couldn’t imagine life without my little bumble bee now. Xxxxxxxw

Friends

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Well look at that! My lupins are popping up again. There’s a lot of late goings on in the garden at the moment. I’m really pleased to see these lupins as I sewed many little black seeds hoping for a bumper crop of them and they’ve been hugely disappointing. Only one flowered up until now. Many shot their leaves and stalks out of the earth and teased with such promise but unfortunately, amounted to nothing. These flowers remind me of childhood memories for some reason. I’m not sure if they were in my parents garden or not, but something feels vaguely familiar and very comforting and evocative about them.

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Wonderful. And I’m going to collect their seeds and spread them around even further for next year.

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I’m keeping little beebop out of her garden at the moment as it is teaming with the most toddler- tempting toadstools of many, many types.  I’m hoping that they will die off soon, but at the minute…. It’s a no go zone!

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Aren’t these amazing!!!! Autumn crocus. Their colour is so vibrant I can’t take my eyes off of them. These are the only flowers that grew in our garden when we inherited it. 5 clumps of them and all the rest of the land was uncared for. Strange for a vicarage really.  They sit at the base of big tree and decorate his trunk. I’m going to attempt to split them up and spread them around for next year.

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Mum and dad have gone away again and mum didn’t want these flowers to go to waste so I am enjoying them instead. What a feast for the eyes!

I’ve made another leaf hanging to go above them. This time, I didn’t use the sewing machine, I just hand stitched the leaves.

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They look amazing in the sunshine.

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We’ve had friends staying this weekend so I wanted to add a few welcoming, warming touches to the house.

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I love the way that these pinecones look in my soup tourine!

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And I went in the garden to find some nice berry stems to add some colour here….

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And there…..

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And who knew it!  Tea lights float!

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And the berries look lovely against the candle.

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We’ve had a lovely, lovely weekend seeing dear friends who live in a different county. Even though m was painting the bedroom they were to stay in at gone 4am on the day of their arrival!!!!
And little b is doing fantastic. Doing her little tiddles and poopoos in all different toilets out and about, holding her weewees for lengths of time and amazingly, she has started to use her voice to actually warn us now by saying ‘weewee’. I’m pretty sure that with the exception of the odd little accident here and there, she’s got it. Brilliant.  I’m so proud of her. Xx

Gulp!

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Our beautiful little girl told me she loves me last night and I feel like my heart is going to pop.
Excuse this slushy post, but remember, this blog is for b to look back at when she is older and I am a big slush puppy myself, growing up in a very loving family.  It will turn to a normal post once I have explained this tear jerking, heart wrenching moment.  Oh, I wish I had started this blog earlier and captured our many, many special moments that have gone before!

B has come on leaps and bounds with her speech of late, putting words together and giving us instructions.  Bless her heart, she likes to say ‘ready, Steady, go’ in her own way, have the briefest conversations on her little phone that usually consist of ‘hello, hi daddy, love you, bye’ and she likes to boss poor tinky around now.  Yes, prince daddy has had the joys of her saying she loves him for a few days now, but last night, as I closed her bedroom door and said ‘ love you Bella’ a sweet and tired little voice answered back ‘love you mummy’ oh my goodness!!!!! I rushed back in and gave her such a squeeze, Wanted to eat her up and had to tear myself away! My heart is popping now just thinking about her

Apologies….

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Tomorrow is going to be a big day.  shreck here, is helping demonstrate weeing in the potty….

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With the help of a syringe of water to wee wee with!!!

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21 pairs of clever girl pants are waiting….
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Yummy, healthy, frozen yoghurt drops as treats.

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Just put your yoghurt in a bag, make a tiny hole and put loads of blobs on a sheet to go in the freezer. They only take an hour and are a smashing little treat.

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B has already been exploring potty corner and here she is looking at the stickers she can get if she wee wees in the right place! So all the prep is done and tomorrow I am going for it. No messing, no nappies or pull ups, just plenty of puddles and wet pants to tackle. Wish me luck! I’ve got a clear week ahead, the weather is set to turn nasty, so I am staying home and am going to do my best at operation wet pants!I think the bottles of home brew may be thinning by the end of the week along with my sanity but it’s got to be done at some point hasn’t it!

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Other things then…. B and I have been having a nice time sitting in the warm and fragrant green house eating our way through daddy’s tomatoes.

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It’s proved a really good lesson in learning the colours green and red!

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The weather is bright and sunny, but cold now, so away my summer clothes have gone, up into the loft….

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And it is time to investigate my rosehips. The bush is heaving and bursting with beautiful, crimson goodness.

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Not quite ready for cooking up, but there’s a frost due at the end of the week so I should be able to get them at the weekend.

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But they are ready to use to make things pretty….

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Like adorning my welcome sign and my little flower jar by the back door….

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Next, I have my eye on these little juicey beauties….

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I have so much Hawthorne in the garden. The birds love it, but they can share a small portion for me to cook up some jelly.  It’s a tedious and painful job picking the hawes, but so good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.

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Beware parents!!! You may be getting another jar of red stuff very soon!!!!

I’ve been looking at my door hanging and it’s missing something..

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Some lovely rosehips!

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There! Much better!

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And a sewing needle goes through the stems so easily!
Our garden seems to be having a final flourish at the moment. I thought I had seen the last of the sweet peas but along with everything else, they are enjoying (and so are we) their swan song.

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So vibrant, and their colour matches their fragrance.

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My Echinacea is blooming once again….

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And my happy little climbers are their best yet.

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The monster climbers that are taking over are now producing lovely looking squashes…

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And the marigolds are sunshines on stems.

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And there is corn on the Cobb! It’s a tentative time though. This time last year, the winds ruined our corn plants.
So life continues as it always does, and will, in cycles.  The same…. And
yet in b’s case…. So different.
I will let you know how operation wet pants goes!

Until then xxxxxxxxxxxx

Love hearts

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So, I am going to show you how to make these lovely, crochet love hearts. You can use them in so many ways. I’ve made this card to send to some friends who have just got engaged, but I think it would make a nice wedding invite too.

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I’ve also used the heart pattern to make a colourful garland to go above my fire.

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They are very versatile and take about 15 mins per heart, once you’ve got the hang of them.

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To begin….

Rnd 1.
Chain 4. Now, you are going to do all of the following stitches in this round in the first chain.
3 treble crochet, 3 double crochet, chain 1, 1 treble crochet, chain 1, 3 double crochet, 3 treble crochet, chain 2 and slip stitch.

Rnd 2.
Chain 3, in the first treble from previous round, do a single crochet and a half double crochet, in following stitch do 3 half double crochet, in following stitch do 2 half double crochet, single crochet in the next 4 stitches. Chain 1. In the treble crochet do a double crochet, single crochet in next 4 stitches, 2 half double crochet in next stitch, 3 half double crochet in the next stitch, half double crochet and single crochet in following stitch, again 3 and slip stitch into the centre.

Rnd 3

Chain 3, in the top of the chain 3 from the previous row do a single crochet. In the next stitch do 2 single crochet. Single crochet the next stitch and. Do 2 single crochet in the next. Now, single crochet your way down in every stitch until you get to the point of the heart. Chain 1 at the point. Single crochet your way back up until you have 7 stitches left. Single crochet the next stitch, put 2 single crochets in the following, single crochet the next stitch, do 2 single crochets in the next and then chain 3 and slip stitch to the centre.

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Poke your yarn to the back and pull a little to make it secure and the heart more defined after you have fastened off.

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I’ve used  yoohoo glue to fasten it to some parchment paper and glued a matching button above it. I put a heavy book on top to encourage all the edges to be securely attached to the paper, and leave over night.  My friend loved it and said that everyone commented on it when they saw it….

If you want to make a garland then, Chain 50, attach by doing a single crochet into top of heart mound, chain 5, do the same on top of other heart mound and chain 10 in between hearts. Chain 50 after last heart and fasten off.

Other things then…

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Today is Friday and so I like to prepare my home for the weekend. I like to change the flowers in my vase and so these are now outside. Aren’t they vibrant! It’s the mystery orange flowers that I still don’t know the identity of.  I gathered some more sweet peas for inside too. They keep on flowering and flowering. 

After going to buy our fresh fruit and veg, I think I need a bigger fruit bowl!

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Little b has certainly upped our fruit intake!  She munches her way through so much fruit and veg each week that it has really made us eat more ourselves too.

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We went to buy some wool for our next project, some lovely chunky wool.

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And not a crochet hook in sight!  Yikes!!!! I’ve not picked up any needles since November!

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This box of goodies was given to me by aunty s.  She invited me up to the farm for a needlework lesson and taught me the ways of tapestry and cross stitch.  M had little b for the morning and I had a lovely couple of hours gleaming wisdom from someone who has been on this lovely planet much longer than me.  I managed to extract the date of her birthday too… Hence the secret red wool project! It’s in September so I need to get cracking!

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A week later and I was instructed to bring my homework with me when I go to fetch my eggs. Mmm, better get cracking then, so I set up shop on the old wooden table whilst b was asleep for a couple of hours. Crikey!!!! It’s going to be a slow process!

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Each row took an hour!

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I hope I speed up! The plan is to create a vibrant tray cloth. I think it may rival my crochet blanket in how long it is going to take!

So, that’s all from me for now, more on aunty s’s present later! Xxxxxxxww

Flowers, flowers…

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What a beautiful rose and I didn’t pick it!!! I have found it in a lovely vase from the rose fairy! It seems that m has a soft side! My roses are hidden at the moment behind our gigantic butternut squash plants. Neither m or I realised that they needed to climb until I spotted tendrils on them. After a little web exploration I discovered that indeed, they need to climb! M strung up some wiring and….

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Hey Presto!!!! They have grown magnificently!  So much so, that they will soon compete with my elderflower tree!

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We’re hoping for a good crop so that we can have plenty of these….

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Yum!! Here’s a nice little snack for you….

Half the squash, don’t worry about the seeds, you can scoop those out much easier when the flesh is all squishy after it’s cooked.
Score the flesh and grate some garlic over the top. Add black pepper and a little salt. Now lay it on its back on a baking tray and add an inch of water around it in the tray. Put in the oven on 180 degrees for about 40 mins…  I then grate some cheese on top and pop under the grill.  Serve with buttered toast, scoop out and spread on! Delicious!

I’ve been pottering around in the garden today and I took a picture of these orange flowers that I love!!!! They last for ages in a vase and are so cheerful, but I don’t know what they are called so please, if you know then do tell!!

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B is head over heels with ladybird love again….

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This little beauty arrived from granny and granddads recent excursion to the seaside!   It is sitting pretty next to my now fading Echinacea…

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There’s something really satisfying about seeing flowers that you have planted providing yummy pollen for the bees, butterflies and insects.  Especially as I heard on the local radio the other day that our lovely honey bees are starving to death at the moment.  Apparently, pollen can only be collected after the Sun has warmed it.  Our lack of sunshine this year has had such huge implications on the poor things. I feel very happy to see them on my flowers.  I think one day, m and I may look into bee keeping, but until then, I will keep planting flowers!!

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These flowers were in a mixed hanging basket pack that I came across.  M started them off in the green house and they are fabulous now. The bees love them. I have no idea what they are though!

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They are nice for Rosie to watch over!  Poor Rosie…. She has had a lot to deal with lately so we must look after her. She did live quite happily for many years on m’s parents boat with her lifetime pal Jim. http://RosieandJim.tv
But poor, poor Jim suffered an injury at the hands of some incredibly curious patterdale terriers and now has no nose! Until his reconstruction is complete…. Which may be some time….. Rosie has been rehomed!  She is currently under the cover of our veranda on the swing, keeping her eye on things!

Today, I took little b with me to deliver some leaflets advertising music lessons. I met a lovely lady in her front garden who insisted on us taking some of her beautiful lavender with us. Wasn’t that so nice of her.  I really love the people who live on our hill. There are some lovely people

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And they look and smell delicious in my porch with my lovely tatting cloth.

Well, today is mostly about flowers and veg, but next time, I have a lovely crochet project for you!

Lots of love xxxxxx

Birds and flowers

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This is my current outdoor flower jar. Isn’t it a picture. I’m not sure what the orange flowers are but they keep in a vase for ages!!!! They look lovely against the budlia which seems to be teaming with life now. The cabbage whites have been fluttering around for weeks, but it seems that the more ornate butterflies like the red admirals, tortoiseshell and peacock have only just emerged. We had the delicate operation of taking a tortoiseshell outside that was in my bedroom at 11pm the other night. Poor thing. When we first bought my previous house, a Victorian semi, we inherited in the garden a very old table. It’s seen better days but I’ve painted it a few times and couldn’t bear to leave it there when we left. It has been unused at windy hill for the past 18 months and has been bearing the brunt of the weather here. m had the idea of putting a hole in the middle for a parasol when it was hot the other day and putting it in b’s garden. What a super idea!

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But it looks a bit unloved so I went and found it some flowers ….

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Mmmm, a little better, but still something’s missing….

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I remembered that on my piano is this lovely, vintage. Tatting doily that I was given by my mum. It’s just the job and….

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Brought my flowers, and the table back to life, until I muster the enthusiasm to paint it again! I’ve mentioned the wildlife here but thought I would share with you some of the pictures I’ve collected over the past 18 months of our wildlife. I put most of it down to the immense amount of berries we have in Autumn from so much Hawthorne, elderberry, rosehip and honeysuckle. Also the water from our natural pond and the coverage in our little wooded area.

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Here is a kestral eating its mouse flavoured breakfast outside our window.

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A goldfinch eating the Dandilion seeds…

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My favourite bird and somewhat of a unicorn to me…. The bullfinch. This striking chap brings his wife and youngsters here to strip the honeysuckle berries.

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Lovely twittering, chattering chaffinch.

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Mmm…. I call this sparrowHawke ‘evil Hawke’ after an extreme racket brought me outside at 8 months pregnant, in the snow to see it eating alive another female sparrowHawke.

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Lovely greenfinch

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Another terror. This magpie nested in our wooded area this year and caused me numerous problems and tragedies, including killing two robin fledglings needlessly and leaving them for me to find. I shall not be letting it nest there next year!!

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A brambling. Only ever seen on one day!

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Our family of pheasants…. One called….

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Pete!!! And the other called….

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Kate!!! Aren’t the markings around her eye remarkable.

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Redwing. Each winter, we have a flock come over, just before the fieldfares.

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Our lovely, hardworking Mr robin. Or Mrs maybe?

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A greater spotted woodpecker and her….

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Baby…. Further down the tree!

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And our little bunny. There’s been many more as well besides the usual tits and blackbirds. I’m so, so thankful as I have always loved birds and at my last house we only got sparrows and blackbirds. I tell myself to never take them for granted and to look after them. Hence todays project!!!!

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Turning an everyday milk carton into a water carrier for the birds. It’s been very dry and our pond usuall provides water for the birds but I thought they may need extra help. I’m lucky enough to live in the area that would have once been Sherwood forest. Now farmed and cultivated, yet still providing much woodland to meander around.

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There is still the heart of Sherwood forest dedicated as a woodland heritage site and containing the ancient major oak tree. The rangers there do all sorts of nature walks and I went on a birdwatching walk with a dear friend. We were told about re-using milk bottles in this way to provide water for our birds and I have been meaning to do it for ages. I think mine may not quite suit the setting of Sherwood forest though….

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Too many love hearts!!!

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Slice an arch shape into one side and take off. Make a little flap to fold down for little birds to stand on, take the rough edges off and remove the lid so that when it rains, it fills.

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Add a little decoration if you wish and puncture some holes at the top to hang it.

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I did two crochet chains for strength.

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And there we have it!!! Looking forward to seeing my birds have a drink and trying to resist the urge to hang red pompoms from it!! One last thing tonight….. Look at this big, lovely jug I picked up for £2 from my village charity shop!

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It’s fab! a little of the red glaze was chipped off, nothing a red permanent marker couldn’t disguise though! Night xxxx