Friday, 8 January 2010

The Big Freeze

Birds are eating the hips.......I love the shapes they leave behind, small pieces of artwork.......
Snow has turned to ice.......... I am getting tired of white.....I prefer green ....I wish I had green......


The robin prefers green........he does not like white either......
The pied wagtail looks for green.....it is nowhere to be seen.......
More snow is expected this weekend with strong north easterly winds.......
The fairy is not happy......neither am I.........




21 comments:

Rose said...

I love your fairy, Cheryl! I really don't mind the snow that much as long as it doesn't keep me house-bound for too long. The winters here are much too cold to think about doing anything outside, but I know how much you enjoy getting out in your garden as often as you can. Hopefully, your weather will return to normal soon.

Wishing you a good weekend!

Rose said...

Forgot to ask you--what is the little bird in your header? He's a beauty!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am beginning to long for spring. The snow covers the ground here too. Windy, cold. Brrrrrr. I hope you have your paints out making a green painting. That would be nice.

Liz said...

We all long for green Cheryl, you are not the only one... And not to worry it will come soon enough!

Lovely photos, I love the birds especially poor little Robin and Wagtail :(

Cheryl said...

Hi Rose.....The problem with the snow here is that we cannot cope with it. The main roads are kept clear but the lanes and side roads are covered in sheet ice with snow on top. Driving is horrendous.....

The little bird on the header is a chaffinch...first time I have been able to capture him with my camera....hooray......

Cheryl said...

Good thinking Lisa......now where's that paint brush?

Have a warm and cosy weekend....

Cheryl said...

Hi Liz......I have five or six wagtails in the garden at the moment, and around eight robins....
squabbles galores!

BTW the seed trays you recommended for the feeders have been great, thanks for that.

Wendy said...

I heard that England had an enormous snowfall. Most unusual! I do hope you get some melting soon.

You've done extremely well with your camera. Your pics are just perfect - the angle and the way you've captured the snow and birds and poor little fairy.

Tomorrow I'm going for a free camera lesson. I bought a new one in August and decided to wait a bit for my lesson. I'm quite excited about it.

Meems said...

I can tell your fairy is not happy about all that burden on her back... still she is adorable. Here's to more of those pretty birdies to capture while you're waiting for the white to melt away and the green to come back into view. I guess it is winter everywhere.
Meems

Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....too much snow for my part of the world.....I am looking from the house into the garden, heavy snowfall and strong winds.
The birds are flocking to the garden...... I made suet balls this morning....

Photography lessons....how wonderful Wendy....you will put the rest of us to shame.....have a fun time learning.

Cheryl said...

Hi Meems......it is at time like this that I wish I was gardening in Florida. Still, when the spring returns, this will all be a distant memory.....

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Lol, *this* faerie does indeed love snow... but that's the norm here. There's no way I could be out puttering int he garden in January, snow or not, so I prefer snow. But in April, yes, I must have green! And in England (pout! whine!) January must be like April is here!!!

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Your white is lovely....
I know how much you love green. Soon it will return.
I am so excited to see your Chaffinch beautiful bird! I inderstand how fun it is to get a photograph. Yours is perfect too.
I love all your birds. When I have lots of white I seem to have lots more birds...
Stay warm my friend....stay safe.
Stay strong,
It is dream time.
Sherry

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photos again Cheryl and of dear Nella on the previous post (I'm just a little bit pleased she only scared Ratty away and didn't catch him!) she always looks such an energetic little dog.

I'm tired of white too, we haven't even dug ourselves out of the drive yet! My husband works at home so apart from taking Louis out we have stayed put but don't really fancy another week, or more, of it.

Regarding the query, Herons usually eat mainly fish but will eat amphibians and small mammals plus small quantities of reptiles, insects, crustaceans, molluscs, worms and even small birds! It is so difficult for them in this weather and for other water birds too, poor things. I feel so sorry for them and all the wildlife at the moment.

Stay warm and safe Cheryl.

Liz said...

I hate to think how many birds have passed away over the past week... It must be an horrendous number, poor things.

This morning I had a Song Thrush hanging around, it was getting gradually more brave no doubt as hunger was setting in and it was desperate for food. One BB in particular was chasing all the others off, so I've tried to broadcast the food around the garden as much as possible so no one BB can hog it all. Sunflower hearts, bread and oats have been thrown out for them.

I meant to pick up some eggs today for Foxy but forgot :( he's beheaded my snowmen, I assume to eat the carrots... He must be hungry!! According to Wildlife Aid, there's been many many calls of collapsed Foxes recently, they must be having a very hard time.

I'm glad the seed trays have worked for you, it's amazing how much of a difference they make to the amount on the ground isn't it?!
I used to have this horrible pile of stinking moulding seeds beneath mine and now there's never anything at all.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Cheryl,
I'm not always too observant, so I don't know how long you've had your header photo up, but I noticed it just now, and love it! I thought the name, "robin red breast came from our robins, but now, it looks to me it may be yours. Well, silly me, I just looked at your comments and saw it isn't even a robin. I"m not familiar with your other bird, either.

Yes, I am getting tired of cold and snow, too.

Cheryl said...

Hi. I came over from Brenda's blog, your name caught my attention! We too have alot of snow but for the past three winters I have been snowshoeing daily to pass the long days away and get out in the fresh air. But I would gladly exchange the white for pretty green soon. I love the header photo, I've never seen such a bird.

elfine said...

Bonjour C'est un immense plaisir de vous lire. Chacun de vos billet nous font croire que tous est merveilleux sur notre bonne terre.
Merci pour tant de beaut├ęs.

Libby said...

Sorry it has been awhile since my visit, I have been suffering badly with 'pain problems'

NCmountainwoman said...

We've been following your very strange winter weather. Hope it clears out soon.

beckie said...

Of course after I sent my letter, I see you have posted about the weather. :) I wish green for you- I know how you long to be out in your garden. But do be careful and don't slip on that ice. Your photos from the house are just fine. Love the little birds. They do look cold though. Hope the weather soon gets back to normal for you.