Sunday, 2 October 2011

New Sparrowcote!

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.



7 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

Very pretty Sparrow-cote!

I know what you mean about the weather, I wish it would cool down a little, I an't cope with heat any more.

Lyn said...

it's lovely...he should take commissions!
the weather is crazy but I am glad it is at least dry as we had the builders doing some stuff in the garden.
don't worry they say snow before the end of the month!!!
xxx

Carol Q said...

clever chap your man Heather. looks great. it is very hot but I'm not moaning - it lifts the mood so much and it'll probably be the last we see of it.

Robin Mac said...

Lovely dovecote Heather. Weather is crazy here also - back under blankets last night after a very hot and sticky previous night. Toowoomba in southern Queensland had the coldest October day ever yesterday! Cheers

Totalfeckineejit said...

I am very envious not just of that brilliantly crafted sparrowcote but also your balmy (if somewhat barmy) weather! Nothing but damp and cold and mist and rain and dark depression here, it could defeat deflate and flatten even the most cheeriest of hyperactive optimists stone dead in 10 mins !!

The Weaver of Grass said...

It has been a wet day here Heather and the cooler weather - and the wind - is set to reach the whole country within the next few days. Then we shall all be longing for another week of warm weather I expect.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely sparrowcote! It's been ridiculously hot here too but snow is on its way...