Many years ago I fell in love with some handmade dovecotes which we saw for sale at a princely sum of about £300! Apart from the price, they were far too large for a small garden, so my husband set about designing and making a much smaller affair which he called 'the sparrowcote' as it is too small for anything dove sized. Fortunately he loves working with wood and his prototype lasted for many years, being repaired and repainted from time to time. It finally reached the point of no return and he has just had to make a totally new model which is now installed. It is purely decorative although many birds from starling size downward seem to enjoy hopping in and out of the little archways.
I don't know about you but this heat is getting to me. I feel as if I have had no benefit from sleep for the past week and last night seemed to be the worst. I was leaning out of the bedroom window at 4am breathing in gulps of lovely cool air. To make matters worse, only just over a week ago I was so cold I put the thicker duvet on our bed! Our climate seems to have gone mad. It is another glorious day here and I am typing this by an open window, listening to the bees buzzing in the clematis which grows over the pergola - when our neighbour stops mowing every now and then. I might camp out on the back lawn tonight! Only joking - my bed is softer than the lawn.
Sparrows. - I read somewhere that a naturalist found fifteen wrens huddled together for warmth last winter in a nest box one night. We are very lucky in that we have p...
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