My brain has clearly not been working well as yesterday I somehow turned off the comments on my post! Anyway, I realised and so I have turned them back on if anyone wants to make any remarks! Sorry if you thought I had gone crazy - I had!
I am also considering how to take Five on Friday forward. There are so many of you now joining in with this and wanting to join that I don't quite know what to do. I am working on a "badge" and then wondering whether to do a link party or something similar to The Year in Books perhaps. Anyway, I will keep both readers and participants informed as I go forward! Nothing is changing right now that is sure.
So, in random fashion here are my Five on Friday! (oh, there are more than five pictures by the way!)
1. I was leaning out of the window taking pictures of the clouds for another post - which I will come to in just a moment - and I suddenly saw this bird flying around. I took some pictures quickly, zoomed in as far as I could, before it flew off. No time to grab my long lens.
It is a red kite. We see them flying overhead from time to time. I don't suppose that he will deign to visit the garden for the Big Garden Birdwatch either! In fact, since my Woodpecker sighting, I have hardly seen any birds in the garden. Oh well, it is a couple of weeks away yet.
The kite disappeared and I went to get my other lens and wait for it to come back. After a while it hadn't returned, so I took a picture of this nest - I don't imagine this is the kite's - in a neighbours tree.
A last the kite made one very brief appearance and I got this last picture of the kite before it flew away and didn't come back again. It looks almost ghostly and at the same time the wings remind me of angels wings!
2. I haven't been out in the garden to do any work for ages now as the ground is so sodden and I have to go on the grass to do anything and we try and stay off the grass so that we don't compact it any more than it already is.
However, yesterday I really wanted to get out and see what, if anything, was happening out there.
My little greenhouse is still doing well. It hasn't blown away or fallen apart and the geraniums are still OK inside. I didn't open it though as it was bitterly cold and I didn't want to give them a shock, I just peered in through the cover!
I love my Nandina Domestica - Sacred Bamboo - and the wonderful berries that it has at this time of year. The birds don't eat them at all, although I don't know why, so we get to enjoy them for a long time which is nice.
Other things are doing well too, this achillea is still alive which is a miracle, the first one I have ever managed to keep and the self seeded geraniums are still very happy.
There are lots of other things growing too, above are ranunculi and anemones. Below is my wonderful bright red oriental poppy.
The snowdrops are starting to make their appearance, although we seem to get a lot less each year. I think the squirrel is slowing eating them all - he eats everything else!
This patch of moss looks pretty bad, but it confirms my belief that this will be the right place for a new border of hostas later in the year - nice and damp and cool and shady!
The pots of bulbs are coming up, but the squirrel has been at these too. Grr!!
Little Mr Robin is supposed to keep these critters away, he isn't doing a very good job!
3. Returning to number one where I said that I was taking pictures of the clouds for another post, well, they are for my Sunlit Sunday post this week. I promised Karen that I would share with you all that you are most welcome to join in, wherever you live in the world. Visit Karen's blog here and you can find out all about it and perhaps join in if you wish. It is lots of fun and only runs for a few months each year.
4. Although I am supposed to be getting on my with quilt, I have just started a little something else that I need right now. Can't be without something on my crochet hook! Any idea what it is yet?
5. You will know if you have been reading this blog for any time that I am rubbish at keeping houseplants alive, but that I found I could grow Kalanchoe - thanks to my pal Linda!
Well, I would like to introduce you to my new Kalanchoe. She is called Katy. Because apparently these plants are also known as Flaming Katy.
She sits on the kitchen window sill with my Christmas cactus - that is also somehow still alive.
My now year old Kalanchoe is also here. Looking a little bedraggled, she needs a tidy up. but she is still flowering her little socks off and I am so pleased. I am calling this one Linda, after my pal who introduced me to these plants and also, because Linda gives her houseplants names, so I am hoping that will make mine grow better!
Five little moments!
I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things. Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.
|CJ from Above The River|
|Jill from Emerald Cottage|
|Nicole from My Garden Diaries|
|Beth from The Whimsical Dowager|
|Julie from Julie's Lifestyle|
|Alison from Life At Sylvan House|