While my new next door neighbours were fetching their various garden furniture I spotted a bird table with a high roof, just ideal for holding a miniature video camera. I asked them where it came from, hoping I could buy one. To my amazement I was given theirs. It had been made for them but they already have several others. Once the weather warmed up a tad I gave it a couple of coats of wood preservative and erected it last weekend:
It was just in time. When I dismantled the old one it just fell into many rotten pieces. The birds are slowly getting used to the new one so I should have some photos of its visitors soon.
When I get fed up standing in the kitchen waiting for birds to arrive I can watch the video feed. The still camera in the kitchen is fitted with a wireless shutter control so when I see a bird arrive I can operate the camera remotely from the living room. That way I might catch the rarer or shy visitors which don't come if they can see activity through the kitchen window.
I have been adding to my small collection of orchids now I have found which seem to be happy in the conditions I can provide. Recently received was another Phalaenopsis orchid.
Unfortunately part of the flower stem broke in transit:
There is just one bloom left on the plant but it may produce some more as there are 'buds' along the spike which sometimes produce new flowers.
Also I have received a miniature Cymbidium which is in flower:
My original collection of Cymbidiums haven't flowered for about three years. Last Spring I split and repotted them. They are all showing new growths and one has rewarded me with a flower spike which will take several weeks before it is ready to show its flowers:
To finish off here is last week's weird photo alongside the original:
As well as distorting the photo to make a 'tiny planet' I added some atmospheric clouds.
It was in July last year when I wrote about the covers being erected over the village church roof as extensive repairs were about to begin. This morning I see they are finally being removed and the tons of scaffolding being dismantled:
That reminded me it was about time I had a look in the churchyard to see whether the Snowdrops and Winter Aconite had survived all the activity:
No problems there. In fact the Winter Aconite is looking better than it has for several years.
Sometimes bird seed gets under the seed tray on the bird table.
No problem for the Grey Squirrel:
As the daylight lengthens there are gradually more and more voices added to the dawn chorus. Yesterday it was a Song Thrush drowning out the chatter from the House Sparrows. This morning a Mistle Thrush could be heard in the distance.