The good life

I’m off to the Lakes tomorrow, one of my favourite places….ever!


chimineas have been enjoyed.

There have been some lovely balmy evenings of late, so hubs and I have made the most of them by sitting out enjoying a good old blaze, we have a huge supply of broken fence panels, thanks to Doris, ideal for burning. 

Wildlife awareness talks have been enjoyed.

I went along to meet this little troop of Beavers, complete with hedgehogs. What a marvelous audience they proved to be; they just loved the hedgehogs, as did the brownies.

They also collected a shed-load of animal food and treats as well as raising money. What a bunch of angels. It was lovely meeting them all.

Birds have been released.

A black pigeon, a dove…..

and a racing pigeon.

They went off beautifully and are still hanging around. The dove has paired up with the racing pige, and the black pige is hanging out with a …..wood-pigeon?!?

More plants have been dug up.

There must be hundreds now….

and the back pond is finally out. The new flagging will cover this area. I’m planning on having lots of raised islands and hope to relocate the pond somewhere out of reach of the beech tree leaves.

Meanwhile, the front pond is prettying up! I saw a female blackbird hunting tadpoles today. She stood on a lily pad and pounded her feet to dislodge them. She caught three.

Rock roses are blooming…

along with brambly ones….

and seedlings have been potted! I now have absolutely nowhere to put anything!

And Finally….

a couple of videos….still figuring it all out.

I never seem able to take pics to show how the courtyard looks, so opted for a video instead. Yes, it’s packed solid….. with all sorts of junk!!!

  14 comments for “The good life

  1. veggiemummy
    May 20, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Your courtyard is stunning; a real oasis of calm. How long does it take you to water all those containers?! I love the doggy video – you can certainly see how they wear the circuit in the grass! You’ve also made me yearn for a chiminea; I can just imagine cosy evenings with a blanket and a glass of wine. xx

  2. Jo
    May 20, 2017 at 9:16 am

    The good life indeed. I can see why grass doesn’t thrive with three boisterous doggies running around in that manner, I do love to see dogs happy and playing though. Your courtyard is quite charming, chock a block with plants and paraphernalia. Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. May 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Excellent! Have a Super Time….My favourite place, too. Hugs!

  4. May 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Lovely post and pictures. Enjoy yourselves. xx

  5. May 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Children and wildlife seem to go together and then sadly at some point they part ways. I always maontained that science for primary children should focus on the natural world and not subjects that they have no experience of or understand. I was disappointed by how many 11 y ear old children coulndn’t name birds that they saw every day.

    I never thought of a blackbird eating tadpoles.

  6. Kitty
    May 20, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Wow, Dina! I don’t know how you find all the time it takes to create such a paradise…all the digging and potting and re-potting and watering! Yikes, but it’s glorious. I LOVE the videos.

    Oh, those children look so smoochy-face! How wonderful it is that they gathered all those terrific supplies for the shelter. Yay!

    The pups look good and I cannot wait to see the flag settled in and new raised beds. Wow.

    Thank you for the great spirit hug provided by all of this visual amazing-ness (somehow, amazement doesn’t work). Love you, K

  7. May 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    A heavenly bloomin’ courtyard, a great inspirational haven. The remodelling of your garden is going to be quite a large project.

    I was struck by the proud bearing of the racing pigeon. Do you think you may have another season or two of feathered friends living on your sills, or, do this group appear to be more confident about moving on?

    I’ll bet the Beaver hedgehog talks are more fun for them than being at school. It will make for good memories for you and them.

    Happy trails in The Lake District. xxx

    Don’t the dogs have a lot of physical fun.

  8. May 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Well done with the videos, a great way to see your dogs and the courtyard, which looks great, so full of interesting plants, and nice to walk out into it every morning I bet. I love the Beaver boys, they look just like the little keen beans I taught a few years ago. How about the dove and the racing pigeon and the black one with the wood pigeon…’s never going to work! Enjoy the lakes….

  9. May 21, 2017 at 11:05 am

    A VERY good life. You are rich! I especially love the doggy video. Have a wonderful vacation.

  10. May 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    It does look like you have lots to enjoy. Have a great trip!

  11. May 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Clearly everything is in order for your to go off and enjoy yourself. Weather is also supposed to be good 🙂 Love the videos and yes your garden is flowing over with goodies including of course the little angels……..
    Have a lot of fun…sending love Janet xxx

  12. May 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    What a lovely post, I enjoyed everything about it, especially The Courtyard Video.
    It looks such a great place, full of interesting things and so very peaceful – loved it.

    Have a wonderful time in The Lakes, my most favourite place … I envy you.
    We hope to get up there in a few weeks time,

    All the best Jan

  13. May 23, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I always enjoy seeing your releases of birds and wildlife — free the birds, hold the children captive! They do seem attentive, though — the children, not the birds — and I think your work with them is just wonderful.

    So many plants, though. I would have a terrible time remember what needed watering, what didn’t. I suppose you’re so used to it that it doesn’t make any difference if they’re in the ground or in a pot. You still recognize them and give them what they need.

    I hope your time away is delightful. We’re already into the time of year when a fire seems redundant, to say the least. No blankets for us — although the humidity now feels like a blanket. A wet, soggy blanket, now that I think of it.

  14. May 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    What a gorgeous courtyard. I just want to sit out there and enjoy it all. No wonder your grass is a mess – but aren’t they having a good time?! The pigeons look very lordly as they step out of their cage … have a lovely time in the Lakes! Hugs xx

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