Friday, 14 September 2012

September 15th

Welcome to my new Followers - Ruth, Shane (got here at last!),
Jennifer and Gleise......!
I've had a lovely time to-day adding two more Giveaways to my
sidebar - Anna who is celebrating 300+ Followers and Vicky of
Lovejoy Bears who is celebrating opening her Etsy Shop. 

Shane, I notice you haven't yet been to visit Anna's blog.  With
your expertise on Libraries and her skill with books, I think you
would enjoy it.

Ruth, I got your email and your post and will follow it up soon.
Meanwhile I hope your preparations for moving go smoothly.

At a risk of losing my fairly few Followers, I'm going to pop in
another couple of 'Nature studies' as I'm still not being
particularly productive except with the camera. Certainly not

The very beautiful Red Admiral butterflies have been quite
successful this year but the Buddleia is nearly finished now so
I've started putting out rotting fruit - apples, pears, plums which
the butterflies seem to be enjoying.

The Large Red Damselfly which introduced itself to me last week
has become a regular visitor and is still very tame so I'm including
photos of her as well.  She's not the only one around - I've had
three on the table all at once, but the other two leave as soon as
I go near.  My 'tame' one is exactly the opposite. I held my hand
out as she was flying around above me and she landed on the
back of my hand! Unfortunately no one around to record this!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

September - Gorgeous so far!

September started very nicely for me - I'm a keen lover of all the
forms of life which visit my garden and I had a treat earlier this week
when I spotted an unusual butterfly on our Buddleia.  Before going out
to investigate I had a look through the binoculars and couldn't believe
my eyes!  It was a Camberwell Beauty!  We have lived in Lincolnshire
for 24 years and this was the first one we have ever seen in our garden.
Its a rare and infrequent visitor to the East Coast of England (we live
not too far away from the Wash) and although we used to get many,
many varieties of butterflies, in the last three years or so  we have 
noticed that we see only a fraction of those who used to be regulars.
This year in particular started off very badly and when it came to the
Weekend Butterfly Count, I would have had to say - 'no sightings at
all'! However, after having carefully checked with the binoculars in
case I disturbed it, I grabbed my camera and proceeded very
carefully towards the Buddleia.  I need not have worried. Luckily this
is one of the less nervous species!  It just carried on feeding! 
I took some shots but then it very co-operatively moved down to a
branch just on my eye level and I had a field day!  It posed for me at
every possible angle!  Here are the results!    And to 'ice the cake' so
to speak, it stayed all day on that one large bush often accompanied
by Red Admirals, Peacocks and a couple of Small Tortoiseshells. 
When I enlarged the photos I even found one which had a Silver Y
sharing the flower but unfortunately he was out of focus!


Also, as promised I want to include a photo of the Bird Cage similar to the one which Jazzi filled so beautifully with 'An Afternoon Tea Party'.  I am going to include one of  Jazzi's photos too, hopefully with a link to her post!

My Bird Cage - Height is 17" and diameter 10"
It is made of cast iron and I think the mesh part is steel.


Sunday, 2 September 2012

Back at last.........

Well after several attempts at getting back into the habit of adding
to my blog, without any success, I'm going to have another go now!
Cant believe I could have forgotten everything  I  had learned two months ago! I'm going to have to get this attempt right first time
because all my other attempts went completely wrong when I went
to 'Preview' before publishing the Post! When I tried to go back to Compose my whole Post completely disappeared!

What I'm aiming to try to do is add another page to my blog - calling it 'SWAPS' on which I can put photos of any swaps I get involved in. I got the idea from seeing Drora's photos of her Christmas in July Swap which is how I got involved with blogging in the first place. Jazzi's great idea appealed to me - she mentioned it on Minis4all - but I needed a blog, and a whole lot of help from her to set up my blog before I could get involved. And my goodness what an impact this has had on my 'Miniature' world! 

The adventures of Mini Jazzi on her World  Trip are  now keeping me on the edge of my seat every day! And how widespread her 'fame' has become is really quite amazing. Have just been reading about her Invitation to a London  Fashion Weekend - an actual Full Size Fashion show, not a Dollshouse version!   And  that comes after she has been sailing on the Aegean Sea and getting involved with Greek Dancing which may end up in the Guinness Book of Records!
I will now try to publish this - but I might just highlight-and-paste to a Word document in case it also disappears!
And just to see how much I've managed to remember....(?)
is the photo I tried to put in to enrol in Jazzi's Monday Mini Link Party!
I managed to mis-crop it - showing only the bottom of the skirt!
(I made the Chatelaine but not the Doll!)