I never thought that I would say that I was grateful for some rain this last week.. but I am. Hopefully not too little, too late for farmers whose crops have stalled. It is a lovely afternoon and have been enjoying some sunshine.. so have my feather family who bring me constant amusement.
My best buy this summer was a metre square three inch seed tray that has become the swimming pool for a wide variety of birds. The bird bath and seed tree we bought last Christmas has also been inundated and preparing meals has never been so much fun. Sally’s Cafe and Bird Spa….
At times there are at least 50 or more birds on the feeder and in the baths with everyone joining in together. The starlings are very keen and spend ages in there splashing around, but until recently I had only seen the sparrows taking dust baths. Until this week when they have clearly picked up a few tricks from the starlings, and today there were little birds having a high old time since early morning and they are still at it now.
Normally when the crows come down the other birds scatter. The crows are not acrobatic enough to use the seeders as intended, so they have worked out another method. One stands on the metal ring and bangs his head on the seeders so that they scatter the seed on the ground below for his mates. However, like elegant pole dancers they can be found hanging upside down on the fat ball holder rocking back and forth as they try to get a morsel. They usually come in a group of rowdy teenagers, but we have got a crow who is rather bedraggled and skinny who started coming down on his own. Much to our surprise the starlings, sparrows and tits ignore him and hang around, and I even saw him in the pool with three starlings this morning.
The only bird who is not welcome is the sparrow hawk who sits on branches in the hedge and pounces on my babies… They are protected in Ireland, but there is nothing to say that I cannot come out and shout at him and wave my arms around like a mad woman. It seems to have discouraged him but my neighbour tells me it spends a lot of time in her garden.. ah well…
The Smorgasbord End of Summer Party Weekend 25th – 26th August
Thank you for such an amazing response. There are four posts over the weekend with the themes Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner on the Saturday and Sunday Lunch. I am delighted to say that 3 spaces left for Brunch, 1 space in the afternoon tea, and 2 for Sunday Lunch. The details are in the post and if you would like to be promoted then please do so quickly…
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – update and new promotional opportunities.
I have updated the directory with the blogger daily and other opportunities to promote authors in the cafe so please take a read. Also in the second post.. how to put your books on the shelves for the first time.
Anyway on with the posts that you might have missed this week and as always a huge thank you for William Price King and Carol Taylor for supplying the music and the food this week, and to you for dropping by.
The Music Column with William Price King – Summer Jazz with Diana Krall
Writer in Residence rewind – Ionia by Paul Andruss.
I thought you might enjoy revisiting some of Paul’s ealier posts from the beginning of 2017 as he is on his extended break.. This week Ionia – Gods and Myths.
The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor.
This week Carol makes good use of the spices she mixed last week to create some show stopping meals for the family.
Getting to Know You.
Delighted to welcome children’s author, poet and master confectioner Robbie Cheadle as guest on the Getting to Know You interview. A very busy mum who works full-time but still finds time to write, blog, and support so many of us here.
Beatrix is about to end her very long and successful theatre career but what lies beneath the mask?
From early man through to the current day, the birthright of one particular family is carried from generation to generation.
Letters from America – 1985-1987 – My parent’s visit – Anniversary party and nearly lights out.
Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – 1982 – Dionne Warwick and Survivor
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves.
Author Updates #reviews
The components of our blood and Anaemia.
There has been a dramatic increase in cases of measles in some of the countries in Europe and there is a spike in the UK too. The most at risk are those with compromised immune systems and mothers-to-be and infants who have not been vaccinated.
Nutrients the body needs – Phosphorus and bone health
Humour and Afternoon Videos
More weird facts and trivia
The last part of the weird facts and trivia
Thank you very much for spending time here today and for your support.. enjoy the week .. thanks Sally.