THE RAMBLINGS OF A STRUGGLING ARTIST ON LIFE WITH TWO TERRIERS, A PONY WITH ISSUES AND OTHER WILDLIFE AND BIRDS THAT CROSS OUR PATH

24 February 2014

SPONGY GROUND


Today the dogs and I went to a place where the ground is so saturated, you can jump up and down on it so that it wobbles like a water bed. Enjoying myself like a child I did it quite violently and found that bubbles came spewing out of various places, driving the dogs mad. I filmed it on my phone. Apologies for wobbliness. 



I am now going to give you a rather lot of bird photos as I found my editing skills lacking tonight. I could watch them all day, starting with the Robin:


Sparrow doing a Parrot impression:


The Nuthatches:






Great Tit:






Blue Tit:






Over the weekend, we booked our little holiday in Scotland in May. OB and I will fly up as he's desperate to go on a plane. He said that his class was once asked who had been on a plane and he was the only one who didn't raise his hand, so, after much saving, we're putting that right. M (who doesn't fly), will drive up with the dogs, the canoe and the luggage. I can't wait. We haven't been away for more than a few days since 2010. When I had my accident in 2011, it was two days before we were meant to be going to Cornwall for a week. Very bad timing.

Yesterday morning was really sunny and I took this picture of one of our neighbours' gorgeous cats. I really liked the curl of the bench and the planks of the stable behind. This cat has no tail. Can't remember why not; he's not a Manx. 


The dogs and I had a lovely walk after breakfast:




It was really windy as you can see from Snippet's fur:


Half term is over and I shall be more free to visit others' blogs. OB's social whirl is all consuming. It's his birthday in a couple of weeks and one of the things he's written on his list of things he'd like is a flight simulator. He looked very put out when I burst out laughing. This year, he will be a decade old and two months later, I will hit half a century. Two milestones. He'll be getting a new bike if he's lucky. 

Until next time, hope you had a good weekend and here are those dogs having one of their play fights. They look pretty serious to me but it's really nothing like a real fight having unfortunately seen Snippet have a couple of them. Hope your week has had a good start. 



52 comments:

  1. I hope that you have a wonderful time in Scotland, it sounds as though you really need a holiday, so I hope that it is a great family holiday for you all. Your bird photos are amazing!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy. I'm so looking forward to it. Glad you like the birds!

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  2. Ach! The video wouldn't play for me..and it would have appealed to my immature sense of fun too!
    My first flight was from Scotland to London...I did follow it up the next day with a flight to the Caribbean...much longer and not as much fun!
    Jane x

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    1. I can't play it either Jane! I don't really know why. Really annoying as it's very sweet. The idea of the Caribbean at the moment is VERY appealing!

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  3. Happy Birthday to OB! Making double digits is a big deal, and so is going on a plane. Your post reminded me that few years ago a friend flew up from the South Island because her son was "the only one in the whole, whole world" who hadn't been on a plane! They took a ferry and train home, thus killing numerous birds with one stone. He was over the moon at the trip, and at the sights in the Big City, as they came from a very small town. Such things were very important to the one concerned I recall.

    Your bird photos are wonderful Em. Remind me - what's the mix you put out for the birds? Is it porridge, or a special bird food? I'm sure you've told us, but I can't remember.

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    1. Having been brought up in London, I tend to forget how limited OB's experience is. I had a rich great uncle who sent me off to Bermuda on my own at the age of 9 and the USA at 11, so I was very well traveled by his age. I would go round London on my own on the buses in a way children just wouldn't be allowed to do now.

      The bird food is currently just porridge oats mixed with some sunflower oil and boiling water and left to cool and expand. I mix other stuff in as I have it, but they seem to like it plain too.

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  4. That`s an amazing photo of the dogs "fighting". Really fierce faces - even if they are playing!

    Wonderful birds, as ever. The sparrow parrot is great!

    I hope that you and OB enjoy your Special Birthdays.

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    1. We'll try! Well I will anyway. OB won't need to try at his age.

      Those terrier teeth are really scary aren't they?

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  5. Once he has Flight Simulator you'll never get him out of his room again. Grown up boys get hooked on it too..

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    1. He actually meant a real flight simulator Jess.....millions of pounds worth. We told him there was a computer game and he seemed underwhelmed by the idea.

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  6. I couldn't play the video but the thought of bouncing on the wobbly puddles is fun. I find I am quite bold when wearing my stout waterproof boots.
    I again read Jamaica Inn last week while holed up with a cold--the photos you post have given me a new concept of the story's setting, which I should imagine is similar.
    You must battle the wind when walking.

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    1. The video is driving me as mad as the dogs were going. It used to be easier than this I'm sure!

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  7. Aren't gud dugs funny ?
    The beautiful cat looks like he could have lost his tail in a fight. Just look at that face, the eyes say come close and I will rip your face off.
    Happy Birthday to OB.
    How exciting to be on his first flight. He will remember this birthday forever.

    Let there be Cake !
    cheers, parsnip

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  8. I like all the birds shots, and that is one beautifully marked puss cat. Happy bd to you and OB in advance. L often tries to put crazy suggestions on his list too- he knows full well what the limits are, but I think he enjoys trying! x

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    1. He also had an i-phone on the list. I don't think so!

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    2. You really need to worry when he starts asking for a house or a car!! x

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  9. So good to book a holiday and in Scotland too...I love the place. Love all the bird photos, I've had some luck with birds in the garden recently so will post the images soon. Love OBs choice of present, I hope you can find one for him, there was one at the Dartmouth Regatta (of no help to you now I realise). No I can't play the video.

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    1. I think you can now but never mind. Next time I'll have it sorted!

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  10. I loved watching the dogs having fun with the water in your video. Harry doesn't even like to get his paws wet! I envy you a holiday in Scotland - I haven't been for years and would love to go back to the Highlands and Islands - especially in May. I love all the birds, too, particularly the parrot-sparrow!

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    1. Looks like you might be the only one who's seen it Wendy!

      I haven't been for years either and can't wait.

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  11. Love the video of the dogs and Snippet definitely has his "deranged dog" look in the last photo! Lot's of great bird photos and I love the color of your neighbor's cat!

    A happy birthday to you and OB (early I know). Hope you have a great holiday in Scotland. I was there as a young child visiting cousins. Wished I had paid better attention to where, who and what but I guess that's being a child. I no longer fly so my holidays are limited to cars!

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    1. That cat of my neighbour's is a Bengal, one of many they have and breed. They cost a fortune!

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  12. How far of a drive is it to Scotland from where you live?

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    1. About 500 miles I think. Rather M than me!

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    2. About 9 hours the way I drive. Or from Santa Barbara to Monterrey, California :)

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  13. We loved the video of the dogs, Daisy found it fascinating! The first time my children and husband flew was from Bristol to Edinburgh too! The bird pictures are wonderful, I will try your porridge mix! Sarah x

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    1. Snippet was trying to bite the bubbles....I think.

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  14. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your photos again Em. Your dogs have a marvelous playground and the video was very cute. When I was young I didn't take a lot of interest in birds other than the seagulls. I really loved them though Dad used to get a bit annoyed when they would invade our bird feeders. Now that I have a great love of all bird life I am looking forward to coming back one day where I will have a great time hiking and birding. That will be a fantastic!

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    1. I didn't either Denise; I think it must come with age. I hope you do come back one day.

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  15. Some nice shots. Looks a windy day.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  16. LOL Snippet looks quite demented! I have a few like that of my girls, caught just at the moment when their eyes roll and their gnashers are bared.
    Lovely photos of the birds as always. My brother is very excited to have a blue tit take up residence in the bird box. They rigged up a bird cam to their TV and call the tit Bertie!

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    1. A bird cam is such a good idea. We talk about it every year and then leave it too late. It would be so great to see the Nuthatches in their box.

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  17. What sort of grown woman bounces up and down on some spongy ground, and then blogs about it? Yep, that's just the sort of thing I'd do, and I'm 50! Just got to look for some, now.
    Those dogs are a bit mental, too!

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    1. I've got to an age where I'm keenly aware that things are only going to get more difficult as the years go by, so I'm doing as much as I can!

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  18. Fascinating water bubbling up from the ground - perhaps it is because the water table is so high. Happy birthday to OB - I bet he is excited at the prospect of flying to Scotland.
    We are also flying to Scotland in the summer - it cuts the journey time down such a lot.

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    1. I just couldn't face that drive, especially with my back issues. We'll be packing the van full of waterproofs for M to drive up!

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  19. Love the video and the water bubbling up from the ground :) So glad you've booked your holiday in Scotland - OB will love the plane.

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    1. I hope he doesn't panic with the volume of the engine noise. So pleased the video is working now!

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  20. The video turned out great ! The dogs and you must have had a blast. I love breaking ice formed over puddles :)

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    1. Me too - especially if you know no one else has seen it so it's been all yours!

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  21. Do you ever meet other people on your walks Em? I would love to be able to walk out the door to somewhere like this and just roam for hours! As ever your bird pictures are astounding x

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    1. VERY rarely Bridget and if I see people ahead, I generally avoid them because of the dogs. Jack is quite fearful of strangers and tends to bark at them and Snippet would like to lick them to death. Neither scenarios are good!

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  22. Love the bubbles and dogs video! They seem so perplexed! I am going to Scotland in May too - for one of my courses, lets hope the weather will be nice to us! Happy birthday to OB and to you in advance! What 10 year old kid wouldn't love a flight simulator!!

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    1. I'm not sure it would even fit in the garden Lou!

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  23. Great to have a holiday to look forward to :-) It took me until 21 to fly on a plane, there'll be so much excitement for OB!

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  24. I hope so. I hope he's not scared!

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  25. Love the bubbles! It is amazing when land and water don't seem to know which is which!

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    1. So true Elizabeth - like a trampoline.

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  26. Love it when you watch the birds Em.
    The neighbors cat looks just like our Spotty Dotty who is a Bengal , but if it has no tail it may be a Pixie Bob which looks very much like a Bengal but with no tail .

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    1. I'll ask them Willow - I just assumed it was a Bengal like all the others. Sweet name!

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