Tuesday, 27 May 2014

R.I.P. Zola Buddy Bantam


My dear little rare breed Game Bird (at the front of this picture 
with the long neck - taken a number of years ago when she was just
a few years old)

Passed away today peacefully.  The above photo she is on the left at the front.
She had a very long life for a rare breed - over 8 years
 She was such a fast runner - hence her being named after the South African Olympic runner Zola Budd!

My Zola was such a character - she was so inquisitive - and ran so fast if there was any 'goodies' thrown out - like chopped up apple cores, or fresh berries, or corn.  I knew that she was winding down, as she was at the bottom of the pecking order, so was last at the food, though she did get plenty.  She spent a lot of time just lying down in the sun (or the shade), rather than chasing around trying to catch flies like the others.
She could fly high above our heads from one end of the garden to the other to get to the treats first.  Absolutely amazing.

My special memory of her was when a few years ago, our then neighbour's side fence blew down and they hadn't told us, and the weather was bad so we had no reason to walk around the back side of the bungalow where it was.    About 5 o'clock in the evening, a chap rang our door bell and said to me........'We have a weird looking little bird in our garden, and we don't know what it is - I don't suppose you could come and catch it could you - only it's so sweet we don't want any of the cats to get it.'

Long story short - it was Zola - but she was rather nervous of the chap, his big dog and me and I just couldn't get her to come to me.

She ignored the corn in my hand, and decided to fly across his garden over a 6ft fence into the next one by the field.  Then when we  in there, she was a bit frightened of this kind hearted man calling her, 'Here chickie chickie'

By this time it was raining hard and pitch black and she suddenly did a vertical take off and flew the length of her garden and over the hedge into the fields beyond.  I trudged home, in the pouring rain with tears streaming down my face, knowing that she was 'lost' and wouldn't survive.

Then a week later, when it was dustbin day, I opened the gate and there she was - waiting outside the gate - and she just marched back in as though nothing had happened, demanding breakfast!

How she survived I do not know.  There is always plenty of food in the fields - grass, insects, weeds, etc - but no streams - so water would be a problem,  Maybe she went into another field where they had sheep, or the one with horses even further away, and drank from their troughs.  I will never know!

I was told her life span would be about 2 to 2.5yrs - so she had a long and happy innings

I now have five little bantams left - all old - but I am still getting half a  dozen or so eggs a week from them - and that's only when they are in the mood in the summer.
They often hide them around the garden too!   But I don't have them for the eggs
but just for the pleasure of seeing them running around the garden getting up to all sorts of
mischief and antics.  They are so entertaining and each day make us laugh!

The remaining bantams are quite a bit older than Zola was, but are still chasing about like spring chickens.  But chooks are funny creatures - they run around as though they are as fit as a fiddle, then can literally go to sleep and not wake up in the morning!

Monday, 19 May 2014


Sorry - the garden post below was supposed to be on my allotment lady blog!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

In the garden

I have been spending quite a bit of time in the garden working on the shady borders in the early morning and the sunny ones once the sun has gone it.

 Click on photos to enlarge
 These are all for my benefit really
 sp that  I have a record of what spring flowers
 I have and where
 as all too soon they fade and die down
until next Spring
 This time of year the shrubs look really fresh and lush
 The beds are absolutely weed free!
 This long bed is the chooks favourite for scratching around for insects and worms
 The alliums are a bit thin this  year!
 'Kath's Border'  is looking really good this spring - around the garden room
I'll take a picture of the long border this week - there are some plants just coming into flower!
But this side of Kath's flower bed is the chooks favourite
they spend a large part of the day just laying side by side in a row
fast asleep in the sunshine - so cute!
Dolly gets bored easily so only naps for a short time then off she goes
you can see her at the end of the bed - deciding whether or not to wake them up.
And she did!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Journalling fun!

 I spent another lovely hour making the next page (right hand page) of my journal

The quote on the bottom caught my eye, so I just had to tear it out and use it.
It says:-

'Get ready to  meet your true, powerful, healthy, confident, amazing, self,'

I think that I should use that as my mantra!

These are just random pages - not intended to be part of a theme

I will use Kelly Kilmer's journal prompts at a later date, but for now I am just
enjoying playing - without a theme or 'agenda'.

All I used are torn out scraps from free magazines, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick!

Thank you for visiting

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Another journal page inspired by Kelly Kilmer

This afternoon I managed to make another page for my journal
inspired by Kelly Kilmer whose online courses I have bought.
The weather has been cold and wet and miserable
so I thought I would make something that made me feel happy.

The little picture would have come from a magazine - junk mail probably
but she looks absolutely full of joy and positively glows with good health!
The background paper scraps are from rummaging in a drawer.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

My first 'artisan' ceramic bead bracelet

It's pretty dark indoors - no sunshine - torrential, never ending rain outside!  So any painting craft work was not really the thing to do - so I had a rummage in my beads drawer and pulled out a tin with a selection of ceramic beads which I have bought in little collections over the past couple of years.
 Today this little ceramic blue bird arrived in the post, along with four others which inspired me to get those beads out and try and make a bracelet that I would be proud of.
On the internet there are a number of amazing jewellery makers creating wonderful unique works. It's a great feeling to own a unique piece of jewellery.
The blue bird beads I bought from Blueberribeads
Each bead from Grubbi
is individually created by Grubbi and no two are the same.
Which is why I love them
If you are looking for inspiration then head off to Songbeads  blog
I am the proud owner of a few of her creations and it gives me a wonderful
 'lift' to know that no-one else will have a piece of jewellery exactly
 like the ones I have bought.
I decided to try using waxed cord for this bracelet, instead of wire
or a ready made metal chain bracelet. 
I have bought some different colours and thicknesses from Songbeads
so it was a great project to try them out on.
With no instructions to follow I set myself quite a challenge
But with the rain hammering down outside, and Mr Lottie out,
it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon!
Among my Grubbi stash I found this cute little kitten and beads
so she will be my next challenge I think - but I have absolutely no idea
what I will make with them.  Do you?

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

An attempt at making a bracelet

I haven't been crafting very much of late.  I have tried - really hard - and made attempts at creating journals - but nothing that I feel good enough to post on here.

I really am missing crafting - so last night I made an attempt at playing with beads.

I needed a bracelet to match a dark olive dress, 
which I wear with a pretty red and dark green 
and purple/plum silk scarf.

After a rummage in my bead tin I found just the right beads to match.  They have a lovely sheen to them and when they catch the light they have a rainbow of the olive and purple shades - it's like looking in a puddle on a summers day when you see those oily colours!  

There were only ten of them - but just enough for a bracelet with the added olive shades of the matte finished beads I used in between. 

 I found the old Chinese coin in my button box!  I think folks use them in crafting - but I like the flat disk, it feels comfortable on my wrist being flat, and it stays central, rather than with just beads that move around quite a bit and often the connectors ends up on top and not the nice focal beads.

Shame about the dark photos - roll on summer sunshine