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    Absolutely lovely as it was, Christmas number two is now over

    Mr. F. has developed a bad head cold on our return (should have worn the masks we spoke of!)

    We have ponds where there shouldn’t be any

    We have mud where there should be dirt and we are very slowly thinking about getting into work mode

    BUT .. We are entertained by about a dozen bluetits, great tits, chaffinches and the resident robin as we sit at the table

    We have sweet williams still in flower and buds ready to follow, fuschias that haven’t died back. the yellow rose still surviving and the daphne is in flower.

    You can always rely on nature to lift the spirits!  :yes:

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    You can?

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    Welcome back, Fruitcake, I think the rain has been relentless in a lot of places. Great to see the birds in the garden, we had a male Pheasant in the garden today and our 8kilo tabby cat was frightened of it!!!

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    Thanks tigre, I bet that was hilarious seeing the cat frightened of the pheasant! (That’s a big cat!)  :-)

    Well I can @gleaner, never fails!  :yes:

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    He is big, Fruitcake, but always avoids any conflict, yet our female slimish cat is much more feisty, reckon it would have been in the freezer by now if she’d have seen it. Do you think it’s a female thing, forward planning, common sense, thinking of a family to feed? probably should stop there!!!!

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    #307532

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    Welcome home the Fruitcakes!

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    Yes welcome home, will you be celebrating New Year too ? :whistle:

    how lovely to see a pheasant in your garden , they are all coming in to see you both!

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    I’ll try and get a photo next time, Blue, two males scrapping a couple of mornings ago woke me up, they can be noisy birds.

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    Yes that would be lovely, we have a lot at certain times up here in the surrounding fields, they are lovely birds!

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    Like you Fruitcake, nothing lifts the spirits more than nature :heart: Lots of bulbs popping through, first daffodil just about to open and the birds stuffing their faces with fat balls, have a silly pigeon who insists on trying to land on the bird table but keeps falling off as he is too big….

    @tigre I used to live close to a hotel that had peacocks in the grounds, they used to wander into the road and come into gardens, most of the neighbours hated them as they were noisy but I loved them and fed them peanuts. My very slim and dainty looking cat used to eye them up, she never got brave enough to try but you could see she was trying to work out if she could catch that big blue chicken!!!

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    Thank you for the welcome back folks

    @tigre a photo of the cats would be good, as well as the pheasants if you can get them. Well the female of any species is more the warrior isn’t it? As well as the meal planning!

    @Witchy Poo yes lots of bulbs springing up now, means I can make a start on the weeding as soon as the weather permits, I’d pushed so many bulbs into the ground that I dare not weed for digging them up!! Plenty of time yet though.

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    Pheasant back today in the bird feeding area of the garden.

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    Cats not bothered, too much like hard work!!!!

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    Last year we had a breeding pair of pheasants and they regularly used the field next to our garden for feeding. The female was virtually invisible due to her camouflage plumage. The cock , however, strutted about by her in full technicolor giving it all the verbals! Surprised the local foxes didn’t get them!

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    Great photos tigre! Gorgeous cats!  :good:

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    They are lovely @tigre, I love it when they do that with their paws, so sweet! I miss having a cat, our dogs are not friendly with any other animal so impossible at the moment. Mind you, would probably have a house full if they were friendlier, so maybe it is a good thing….

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    #309660

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    I miss my cat, very much, very affectionate, female ginger cat!  :cry:

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    Unusual to have a female ginger cat isn’t it Blue? Although we have had a cat in the past, like WP our dog is not friendly with any other animal so not possible, also like WP it’s probably not a bad thing, as we would probably have a few more dogs than one!

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    Yes I’ve never seen  one before, she adopted us, turned up at the front door, one night, obviously hungry , only thing we had was some tuna in the cupboard, but she scoffed the lot . Came in and stayed, went out and made friends with ever male cat  in the neighbourhood , and  presented us with five kittens!  My knowledge of the sex life of cats was dire, then! 🐱

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    You got more than you’d bargained for then Blue! Shameless hussy (not you, the cat!)

    Driving through a small housing estate this morning, there on my side of the road was a cock pheasant strutting his stuff! I slowed right down (no-one behind me fortunately) and he calmly strolled to the side and headed towards a garden gate!  :-)

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    Yes certainly did Fruitcake , it was fascinating, she took each one out up the garden, and taught it how to mouse, if one of the others wanted to go, she gave them a cuff and they stayed in until she came back for them ! Wonderful mother, all the kitten different personalities and colours.

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    Aren’t animals clever BV?

    Actually had a “proper” walk this morning without battling against wind and rain! Definitely uplifted the spirits!  :-)

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    Yes the dreadful gales here have calmed down, it’s blue skies and sunny at present , but only 2 degs outside!  Lots of bird activity on the bird table and surrounding branches . 🌞

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    The cold is not a problem for me Blue, I’d much rather cold and sunny days – it’s what winter is about for me and it kills off all the bugs! Much healthier than the damp!

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    Oh yes the 2 degs has gone up to 10 degs now back down to 6 now the sun has gone down! Yes quite agree good hard frosts, to kill off the bugs etc is necessary.   Looking forward to seeing some signs of bulbs coming up soon, a lot later than you up here, as is the lambing!

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    My neighbour’s daffs are already in bloom Blue! Obviously they’re well established but even my newly planted bulbs have started popping up everywhere, I can’t wait to see them materialise.

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    Yes well done Fruitcake,  my favourite time with spring flowers, in France I spent 10 days planting loads  of  daffs in the garden, they look glorious !

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    Spring is definitely my most favourite time of the year, hopefully we will get our full quota of it for once as we never seem to, we often have a couple of weeks of real spring like weather then a heatwave to bring everything on too early after which we get a frost! So, hopefully, it will revert to type this year. The days are getting a little bit longer now.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Noticed yellow buds on mimosa trees.

    Love it when things start bursting into life again. Except the weeds  :negative:

    Lippy

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    Love the mimosa, would love a large tree of it. Seen on the internet! Beautiful !

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