One thing I have noticed more during the last year of lockdowns is the bird noise and activity. I can’t make up my mind whether it’s as a result of there being less traffic noise, better air quality, that I’ve been able to just sit and listen more outside work hours, or a combination of all three. Whatever the reason it has been welcome. I’ve even found myself being more tolerant of the messy wood pigeons that perch in our silver birch trees.I’ve started to hear sounds of nesting and seen the birds working hard as they flit about on twig and grub collections. All sounds of Spring and new life. Inspired by all this, I’ve created a nest and three eggs in celebration. I’ve chosen our silver birch colours for the nest and three vibrant egg colours. You could go muted if you wish. Speckled wool would look great too.
I’ve always fancied foraging for wild edible plants. I have berries at the allotment in the plot and in the hedgerow. I like them because they don’t always require preparation and cooking and, added to vodka or gin they are amazing. It would be great to find nuts and mushrooms too. Our world really is…
Sunday 17th August 2014 – Charity Vintage Tea Party and Sale of Work – raising money for the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team.
Ladybirds seem to have been around in my life forever. From the poem I learnt as little girl: ‘Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, and her name is Ann, And she hid under the frying pan.’ …to my collection of Ladybird books both…
We’re going back to play with the fairies today to look for fairy toadstool rings. Where to look:on light soils in mixed woodland and heaths among birch, pine and spruce. They’ve been there since late summer and will be until the first frosts of winter.
It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” – John Burroughs
The Auricula Theatre became the in thing in the Victorian era. A good friend of mine made me one. Not quite as elaborate as this one but I love it all the same.