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New Year's Feast

Bird Feeder


Inspired by this video, I’ve been making a new year’s gift for the Dixon Hill birds (and other creatures).

STEP ONE: Attach an ordinary kitchen splatter screen to a grapevine wreath and tuck in lots of millet.  (I really wanted to add lots of berried foliage too, but there’s a dearth of such stuff up here on the windswept moors right now.)


Seed heart


STEP TWO: Make a hanging heart from sunflower seeds and suet…..and wrap the last of the Christmas cranberries around the hanging strings.


Feast mix


STEP THREE: Scatter a feast of seeds, mealworm pellets, goji berries and chopped apple onto the tray.  Serve for the delectation of waiting robins, blackbirds, pheasants, wood pigeons, tits, crows and squirrels.


Christmas Leftovers

Face Wash


A big bunch of fresh thyme in the Abel and Cole Christmas veg box failed to find its way into the festive meal.  So today, it got turned into a seasonal bottle of frothy face wash instead.  A little bit of Christmas cheer for dark January days.


A Happy Bauble Christmas!

Bauble Tree


Fun on the moor this morning - a tree hung with dog toy ‘baubles’!  Better yet, the tree was giving them away...


Bauble Sign


Wishing you a wonderful and a peaceful Christmas Day.


The Fruit of Love



Picking blackberries for breakfast….and the very first berry my hand reached for turned out to be a perfect heart shape.  And, boy, did it taste sweet!  A little explosion of love for my tastebuds.  :)


How Planes Fly

How Planes Fly


How do planes fly? he asked


And she smiled knowingly

Pregnant with a secret of the universe


The angels carry them, she whispered

On lean, strong wings outstretched


The angels carry them