Monday, 13 January 2014

New year, new stuff...

A quick stop in my favourite shop, AG Lifestyle, which has a sale on - not that I need anything, of course, but I occasionally buy a little something because I want the shop to keep trading. Buy local! A display dummy caught my eye - apparently just a normal run-of-the-mill modern one, but with this fitted linen shift on top, so that brooches and other jewellery can be displayed on the front. It's a lovely way of transforming something quite ordinary.

In complete contrast to all the sparkly loveliness of that place, I was at the wildlife site to help make some more hibernaculums for the lizards and slow worms. Probably a bit late for this year, but they'll hopefully be used next year. Lots of branches down after the storms of recent weeks, so plenty of material to use - weaving larger branches together, to give basking areas, and topping them with smaller twigs and leaves to make a cosy space for reptiles to hide away.

It was such a glorious day on Friday that I came home, covered in mud, and spent the rest of the afternoon in the garden, doing a little bit of tidying up - so good to be outside in the sunshine, even if it was a bit chilly. With the birds singing and shoots beginning to appear it felt like Spring - but there is colder weather on the way apparently, and we had a proper hard frost the other morning. This time last year we had snow on the ground!

Fingers crossed they all survive. As well as masses of primroses just waiting to flower there are still, what must surely be, the very last flowers left over from 2013. They won't enjoy being snowed on...

...and this miniature mossy landscape on top of the brick wall.

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