Wednesday, 23 January 2013

This and That.

I am not going to attempt to separate these pictures or I'll be here all night.   I don't know why this is happening but when I try to create a space between photos for text,  the photo above gets deleted and then have to reload it, whereupon it ends up in the wrong position and I have to start again.

  So, from the top:   I spotted this brave little daisy and viola looking quite fresh and perky after being covered with about 3 inches of snow for 2 or 3 days.   It began to thaw yesterday, then snowed and sleeted all morning today but seemed to carry on thawing at the same time.  Everywhere looks very soggy and tatty now and last Friday's fairyland is a distant memory.

The knitting is part of my latest cardigan, now completed, which will come in very handy if we get the expected low temperatures I have just been reading about.  The colours are stronger and richer than they appear here.  I must stop knitting cardigans but the finished garment is so comforting and the making of it is very therapeutic, and I am now suffering withdrawal symptoms as I have nothing else on the go.  Perhaps a trip to the wool shop is in order - what can I make next?

The last two photos are of a couple of waxwings who visited us today.   On Saturday I saw one in the front garden but it only stayed for a few moments.   Then this morning this pair arrived and started tucking in to the apple slices we throw onto the lawn.  They were so hungry and stayed for several minutes.  The light was poor and I dared not get too close to the window for fear of scaring them off, so the picture is not very clear.  I haven't seen waxwings since we lived in Cheshire well over 40 years ago and to have them visit the garden is a real treat.

If it freezes hard tonight I shall wish we had a sledge and crampons as tomorrow is the day we like to make our weekly trip to the supermarket and we may not be able to get up to the main road in the car.  I think animals who hibernate in winter have the right idea.


10 comments:

Julie said...

Beautiful colours in your cardigan and those birds are wonderful. I've never seen Waxwings. Our birds are surprisingly uninterested in feeding in our garden. I think they must be feeding elsewhere. Take care tomorrow if it's icy.

sharon young said...

What lovely pics and your cardigan looks superb colours, just my fav colour scheme, I can't wait to get back to my knitting.
You are so lucky to see the waxwings, my DH is so jealous, he didn't see them last year or this one so far.


Rowan said...

Lots of waxwings around this year I think, I've seen a group of them but not in my garden. Lucky you!
Love the colours in your cardigan. I'm contemplating starting one but haven't committed yet:)

Gina said...

I spent hours trying to rearrange photos in my post yesterday... so frustrating. I love the colour of your knitting. I think it must be something about this eather that makes us want to knit... I can't stop at the moment.

Toffeeapple said...

I made a cowl last year in that same yarn! I can't remember what I did with it afterward.

You are so lucky to see the Waxwings, but I have had quite a few unusual visitors to my garden too which has excited me no end.

Do take care if you have to walk to the market.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Brave flowers indeed Heather - our aconites have struggled through too. That jumper looks lovely - I like the colours - would you call them Heather colours? And waxwings - maybe they are the ones we had last week here - isn't it exciting - I bet we don;t get them for the Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend.

Carol Q said...

good photos Heather. I've not seen waxwings before though we did have some blue tits checking out the nesting box this morning. Looking forward to seeing the completed cardy. Do you go to Get Knitted in Bristol? what a wonderful shop!

Charlton Stitcher said...

Waxwings - how wonderful. I've had fieldfares eating berries outside my workroom window, but they'd gone before I could focus my camera.

Robin Mac said...

I am just glad to have my photos on the page these days. Lovely photos, and I think the colours of your cardigan are beautiful. Hope you don't get too much more snow. Cheers

Maureen said...

Lucky you with the waxwings - we had fieldfares and redwings and only see them in the bad weather.