I know. There hasn't been much creativity around here of late has there? So I'm cheating by sharing with you these beauties made for me by my lovely friend Mrs Bobobun. You can see her post about them over here.They are perfectly cosy and warm and the perfect colour for a girl who loves to wear green!
and I can't help thinking there's a missed opportunity here Mrs Bobobun! Burlesque knitwear?!
The boy has been keeping me busy.... and freezing! Another wonderful day out sharing his love of birding and wildlife....
He is getting quite the little expert ....do you see what we saw here? Can you see? It's there if you look hard enough.....
Yep! Another Bittern sighting! The beautiful boy and I were treated to a close fly past and then 15 minutes of sun basking on open mud flats! A rare and special sighting indeed! Even as we watched closely the clever rarity was playing 'now you see me, now you don't' through those reeds! So much so that the boy is now convinced that the Bittern is not rare at all....
...just very good at playing hide and seek! You think?!
And there's been a lot of this too!
19 Jars of yummy Aga Marmalade to keep us going for another year!
And another lovely gift out of the blue from Viv over at Hens Teeth. The most beautiful map of the East of England including our home patch up in Norfolk. We love to ponder over old maps. I love the feel of them, the colour, the smell.... mmmm. Hours of fun here! Thank-you lovely Viv! Such a treat to receive gifts just because.
Another freezing day was spent here...
The day arrived with a coating of snow and ice cold sunshine. But we wouldn't have missed a tour of Chris Skinner's outstanding haven just because our beds were cosy and warm! The sights we saw are rare and it was a privillege to enjoy 600 Goldfinch, 300 YellowHammer and a breath-taking 2000 Linnet! For me, more than seeing these numbers of birds, the real experience was the sound of them. It made us realise just how quiet our countryside has become; how little birdsong we hear on a day to day basis compared to what would have been commonplace just a generation ago.
Every aspect of this farmer's approach to wildlife and nature conservation is inspirational. We also saw a male Sparrowhawk, deer, foxes.... it was a magical day well worth the freezing early start! The boy came home with renewed determination to make his bird feeding station world class - although I'm hoping he does not aspire to Mr Skinner's £15,000 per annum seed bill!!
Another lovely surprise arrived in the form of an ENORMOUS parcel for the boy from his new friend Steve. It has been a source of great creativity and lots of banging together of pieces of wood and metal - a protege is born!
and tucked away amongst the fascinating selection of wooden offcuts, metal treasures and old tools were these two cheery lovelies for my barmy shelf! Thank-you Steve! x
And now it is half term so more time for.... you guessed it .....
...as the geese came in to roost we made our way back along the boardwalk for hot chocolate at the visitor centre before whizzing around the coast for dutch pancakes on board the Albatross.....and a hot chocolate with Bailey's for mummy!
I'm sure when I thaw out there will be more stitching and making. But for now I'm enjoying quiet contemplation under Norfolk's big skies whilst the beautiful boy nurtures his love of the world around him.
I haven't forgotten the February giveaway! I'll get to it next week! I hope those of you with little ones are enjoying special times too. It is such a short holiday! t.xx