Thursday, 9 August 2012

Two treats.

I treated myself to this book by Rebekah Meier this week.   It is very inspirational and full of useful techniques for all sorts of products and materials.  I have quite a few of those mentioned in the book and am hopeful of having a very creative autumn and winter ahead of me.

I glanced out of the window a couple of days ago and caught sight of this lovely young thrush beside our pond.   He/she is very welcome in the garden as we are plagued with slugs and snails.
It already looks quite well fed but I hope it has room for more food, and perhaps it will bring it's friends.

The spacing here has a mind of it's own.   I ask it nicely to do what I want but one moment it centres everything and the next moment it goes back to left alignment, which is really what I want.

I think an early night is in order tonight.   Last evening at about 8.30 we had a power cut.  It was odd as it only affected the dozen or so houses in our little cul-de-sac. The street lights were still on and the houses all around us had lights.   It wasn't quite dark of course so we just sat for a while thinking it will come on again in a minute.  Gradually darkness fell so I lit candles.  My husband donned his head torch which he uses for DIY in dingy corners, and read his book.  After a while I left him downstairs and went to read in bed by torchlight, something I haven't done since childhood.   At about 2am I was woken by the sound of a lorry engine and reversing signal and then what sounded like someone hitting something with a very large hammer.   I couldn't understand what could be going on at that time of night.  I dozed off eventually and was woken again at about 4am to hear the same lorry driving away and noticed that there was a light on downstairs, so power had been restored.   I went down to turn it off, got back into bed and slept a little more.  This morning we found out what all the noise had been about - to repair the fault, engineers had had to dig a large hole in the pavement outside a neighbour's house just opposite us.   We have been out all day and it is still there so maybe tomorrow someone will come and fill it in.   I am very grateful that our power was restored but have been so tired today after my disturbed night - my husband is deaf so it didn't affect him.   I'm also very grateful that I didn't have to turn out at 2am and spend two hours digging a big hole.  

10 comments:

Julie said...

That looks a very tempting book Heather!

I spotted a young thrush in our garden this week too and like you hope there are more. I put some mealworms out to tempt it to stay. We have a pond in the garden with frogs so there's a bit of competition for the slugs.

Glad your electricity is back on but quite alarmng to hear all that noise at night.

Carol Q said...

oh dear... another book for the collection! lol sorry you had a disturbed night Heather. how would be ever manage without electricity? we have a fox who visits our garden every night at the moment. I must try and get a photo of him - but it won't be easy.

Ro Bruhn said...

I must check this book out. I wish we had the beautiful thrushes over here, we have blackbirds, sparrows and starlings from your shores, but somehow the thrushes missed the boat. Glad your power has been restored, it's amazing how much we miss it when it's not available.

sharon young said...

Lovely pics of the thrush, they're such a beautiful understated bird. Will have to investigate the book, looks very interesting.
Poor you what an irritating night, hope the hole gets filled in today.

Maggi said...

Looks like you are going to have fun with the book Heather. Lovely thrush. I have only seen one in my garden this year, I do miss them.
I do hope that you have an undisturbed night tonight.

Heather said...

The hole is being filled as I type and I slept like a log last night - bliss!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am deaf too Heather and I must say that on occasions like this it can be a useful asset.
That book looks interesting - might buy it.

Robin Mac said...

Thank goodness your power was restored, I sometimes wonder how we managed without it! That book looks interesting, but I DON'T need another book - do I? Cheers

Linda said...

Lovely photos of the thrush Heather; such a beautiful bird.

Hope nothing else goes bump in the night from now on.....

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