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Brrr, it’s a frosty one this morning and after a week of tech and server rooms, time to head out for a change of scenery and enjoy the crisp cold air.

Camera at the ready, a flask full of hot coffee and a great excuse to try out some of my new winter walking gear, I headed on up.

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Loving what the cold air and bracing winds has done to the plateau grass.

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Resting up with a cuppa and enjoying the views. The icy winds was so fierce up here I was struggling to keep my camera steady!

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Couldn’t help but think that it’s all a bit Middle-Earth-esq up here this morning –  Probably helped by the fact that I ‘m walking and listening to The Lord of the Rings audio book  on my iPhone. Eek, better duck, spies of Sauron…no wait…just a few grouse 🙂

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Changing audio, Eddie…

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Highly impressed with this, being a green fingered geek myself. It’s PC that’s been modded to grow wheat grass on top of the case and reuses the heat generated from the PC to aid seed germination.


Check out the full story and tons of photo here –

Inspiring stuff indeed.

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Added to the list of great ideas to try out in the garden…and if not, loving this blue colour to add somewhere.

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coffee can flower pots

I started this project nearly a month ago back when I was working on the anthro-inspired flower pillow. I was waiting until the fear of frost was gone for Central Ohio to finally plant my herbs and was told May 15 is the magic number for frost free nights. I cheated on May 5 after looking at the 10-day weather forecast and there was no frost in sight, so I’m taking the gamble a few days early.

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Birds photos from the kitchen window.

The bird feeders hanging from the trees outside the kitchen window has brought some colorful visitors this morning and as I stood by the sink washing the dishes. Grabbed my camera to see if I could get a few shots.

Blue Tit.

Grey Wagtail. I’ve only ever spotted these beside large ponds and rivers and never in my own garden. He seemed quite happy bouncing along in our pond though.

Long-Tailed Tit. There were four of these little fellas’s  darting around in one of the other trees but as they were so fast this is the only blurred shot I got. Shame really, these little white fluff balls are so cute.

Oh very graceful 🙂

Just as I was putting my camera away there was a Heron flying by overhead. We usually have one visit the pond in early spring so I ought to get out there soon and and get the fish pond netting installed.

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Happy New Year

Taking a stroll around the grounds at Chatsworth to blow away the cobwebs and work up an appetite for our New Year’s lunch. Not many folk out on this cold and wet morn but well worth wrapping up and getting out. It must have worked, lunch wasn’t on the plates for long 🙂


Whatever you’re doing, I’d like to wish you a very happy new year!

Kind regards


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Last few jobs before Christmas.

Although it’s damp and cold outside, this week holiday from work has been a great excuse to wrap up and get out in the fresh air and stuck into a few oddjobs….well, for some part of the day anyway.

The veggie plots have had a good digging over and all remaining crops have been used, stored or added to the composter as well as the last remaining leaves on the lawn and around the pond. All the tubs and grow bags have been taken out of the greenhouse, emptied, cleaned and put away in the garage until next season and now that the greenhouse is empty I’ll be placing some of the tender potted plants in there and away from the worst of the frost. As I sat in the there, giving the greenhouse panels a scrub, i was already making mental note of what’s going to be grown in here next year…bring on the sun 🙂 I’m also toying with the idea of a second greenhouse/lean too.

A few repair jobs done too including replacing our guttering that had broken due to snow buildup and also the bird table that was blown across the lawn the other week during the few days of really high winds me had here. It probably didn’t help that our current table is a bit flimsy and lightweight so in the new year I’ll be either buying a much larger/heavier model or indeed look at building one myself…the bird table mame arcade machine?….maybe not eh 🙂 This could be my next project using my new workbench table that Santa might either deliver or provide and I.O.U for post christmas sales?

Speaking of birds, our garden hedgerows appear to be home to the biggest group of House Sparrows this year as well as a couple of groups of Blackbirds that dart between the pond, trees and crab apples.

Here’s a few shots taken from the kitchen window.

Fat balls appear to be very popular.

Should I charge rent? 🙂

Thought i’d treat them to some Meal Worms but the Starlings got to them first. This feeder was stripped in fury of feathers within five minutes!

Christmas gift shopping was also on the list for this week and iphones prepped with lists of what we wanted and where we wanted…including backup plan a, b and c….i kid you not, this was a military operation 🙂

All gifts are wrapped and awaits the tree, which should be up tomorrow as well as some of the diy wreaths i’ll be making from various bits n bobs foraged from the garden….or..a sneaky dash to the garden centre sans ‘..and here’s one i made early’ moment.

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Lifelike Angry Birds

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