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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Tuesday's treasures

If I told you that today I did a little gardening you'd probably think I was a little crazy... 
(maybe just a little more than usual) but I did! 
Even with a snow flurry forecast I still went out into the garden.
I was dressed up like a Michelin man with so many layers on that I could hardly move... but I went out.
(For those of you that are of a certain young age, you'll probably not know about the Michelin man or what on earth I'm on about, but suffice to say I was well wrapped up).  
But it was all worthwhile... because look what I found...
A brave rose blooming in January!
There were a few more brave blooms which made me smile.
The photo below shows one of the two flower pots that are on my doorstep. 
It's also full of bulbs in layers that will appear from spring through to summer which I also can't wait to see. 
Talking of which...(bulbs I mean) I've finally put the last few into the ground... 
These particular one's are tulips as shown on the packet.
Thankfully the ground wasn't too frozen for me.
It's wonderful to see new growth with the promise that spring will be coming soon (she says hopefully)
even though we'll probably have a few more snow flurries and gales before we're done.
Here's some daffodils putting on a brave face... 
Buds and shoots sprouting everywhere...
Even plants that have only been in the garden from last summer seem to approve of their new home and are coming along nicely.
I've a dilemma though... I've been thinking it over for some time now...
Do I leave the ivy growing over the wall which has become so thick there's a possibility of it could pull some of the wall down? 
It definitely needs sorting in some way, but I think it's sanctuary for lots of birds. 
I'm thinking that I will cut it back now, but they need shelter from the winter weather... but before long they'll be nesting in it too...hmm what to do?
I also found something else which I didn't expect to find... this huge nail...
Looking at the photo below it doesn't really show how big it actually is. 
It's over six inches long! 
Thinking about it now I should have perhaps held the nail, so that it would give a better indication of it's size. 
I think it must have come from one of the old cow barns that are in and along side our garden.
And who do you think lives here?
And finally three of my favourite daily visitors.
They appear each morning and land on the roof waiting for me to feed them. 
I've actually had them feed out of my hand, but it's difficult taking a selfie (in focus) whilst feeding them.
If I manage it one day I'll be sure to post it.
So there we are... that's Tuesday done and dusted.
I hope you're having a great week and possibly find some treasures too.


  1. your beautiful photos give me hope spring will indeed return!!!

    1. Oh I do hope so Laurie... I'm keenly watchingfor signs xoxo

  2. Hi Neesie,
    I can't imagine green leaves after a freeze. The blooms are great; what wonderful little surprises. The nail is very cool; I love anything rusty. We are getting snow and it's supposed to continue over the next several days. Woo hoo!


    1. Well hello there Kay,
      It's an amazing that they're here at all because we're still in a freeze. But I'll not question it... I'll just appreciate them and wait for all of their friends to arrive.
      That nail is certainly rusty.
      By the sounds of it you'll be making your own snowman soon. Don't forget to let us see him if you do.
      Have fun and thanks for calling. It's great to see you.

  3. Hi Neesie Any birds in your garden do so well from your love and attention that even if you pulled down the ivy and stopped their nesting I'm sure you'd be forgiven!!! Lovely to have a look at what's budding in your garden, lovely photo of the doves, is that a fox or badger den?
    Wren x

  4. Flowers in January!!?? Wow! That made my day.
    Love your white dove visitors. :)

    1. Hello there Rita,
      I could hardly believe my eyes either but they're there looking very brave. I'm so happy to hear it made your day.
      As for my doves... I think it's so cool having them come to call every day. They've been visiting since early summer and even on the worst windy day I've known since being back here, they arrived. They must really like my bird seed!
      I can't visit you at the moment because my computer has just died tonight. I'm just hoping it's a blip and nothing serious.
      Stay warm and cosy and I'll pop over when I can.

  5. Your photos are always so gorgeous, so real, and so uplifting, Neesie! Thank you! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Aww thank you so much for the lovely compliment about my photos Darnell,
      I love to take photos but it's nice to know that others enjoy them too Emoji
      Have a wonderful weekend

  6. Wouldn't it be nice to know the story of that nail? I bet it is quite old. They don't make 'em like that any more! (showing my age again...). Despite the cold conditions, you seem to have plenty of life in your garden. Anyone would think it was March already.

    1. I always think about the tales old things could tell if they could talk... like our wood shed for instance that has a stone over the window with the date 1906 engraved into it.
      There are other similar nails in the 'folly' door lintel. We call it the folly as we're not sure what to do about it but it's a ruined old barn or cow shed.
      There does seem to be quite a lot of things coming to life at the moment which is surprising but I think we've missed the worst of the weather so far.
      I've also noticed a slight lightening of the sky in the evening... nothing too dramatic but it's heading in the right direction.
      Roll on spring I say...
      Enjoy your Sunday

  7. Hello!

    Beautiful photography! I remember the Michelin man - I resembled him myself this morning as I cleaned the snow off of my car! A winter like yours I would not mind! :<) Wishing you a happy day today!


    Barbara DIane


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