31 January 2012

My Weekend & Post Of The Month Club

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Hello, my chickadees!
{Chickadees are called 'tits' here,
but 'Hello, my tits!' just doesn't have the same ring :) }

How are you?

Our weekend was filled with my daughter's birthday celebration
and participating in the Big Garden Birdwatch

Robin in our garden during Big Garden Birdwatch

I grabbed a cup of tea and we played Yahtzee 
but not for long
as we broke into 'Ooh! Did you see that one?! Look!'
and busily made checkmarks on our RSPB birding sheet

Robins, carrion crows, feral pigeons, jackdaw, nuthatch, wren, and ring-necked parakeets
were our counted feathered friends for the day

I was glad we were to count for only an hour, for we could have watched all day!
It really was exciting :)

- plus a nice distraction from my daughter beating the pants off me in Yahtzee -

Photo from recent weekend walk

Although we are in the middle of winter,
it has been mild so far with just a few days of frost

The grass is green, and the daffodils are already coming up!

{ Shhh, don't tell anyone the winters are really mild here
or everyone will move here :) }

Life for me is busy at the moment with school commitments and moving locally in a month(!)

So it is nice to take a little time and journal part of my day here


Okay, now for Post Of The Month Club
Every blogger is welcome to join :)

Jump in with your favorite post from January
and link it in below

If you have a chance, stop by a few others to say 'hello'
Such an excellent opportunity to meet other friendly folks in the blogsphere,
don't you think?


I'll be reading every single one :)

- all photos by me -


greenthumb said...

I must try and join you, in you post of the month.

Robynne's Nest said...

Now that's the second Robin I've seen this morning...saw one in the mirror...but it wasn't as cute as yours....in fact it was downright bedraggled!! Robx

Zosia said...

Winter arrived late to Poland this year as well. However, now we have a bit of snow and it's been cold for the past few days, -14 and below.

Kris said...

I used to do a bit of bird watching when I was in high school for some club I was in. It always amazed me how many birds we saw, and that bird watching could be so fascinating! Glad you got to see so many lovely birdies.

p.s. I've started a photography link party over on my blog. I hope you will come link-up, for I certainly enjoy all the photos you take! xx

Grammy Goodwill said...

hahaha - I love your chickadee/tits comment. I gasped out loud. Also, what a great picture you took of that robin. Last week there was a beautiful cardinal in a small tree beside the church parking lot. I tried several times to get a good pic of him, but he was too elusive.

Zinnia said...

Robins and bluetits are my two favourite birds! I don't see either living in the city, but I do see all the different kinds of tits: blue, coal, etc when I go out into the country.

Great shot of that cute robin!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Laura,

Your photos are lovely. The English robins are so much cuter than our American ones. The year we visited the UK, I saw bluetits outside the country house where we stayed. They're so beautiful -- and quite comical. :)

Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the opening laugh about the tits. :) and your scenery is gorgeous!

katie said...

I just came across your site from Kristy at Quick Succession, and I'm so glad I did. It will be fun to check out lots of links and to read more blog posts here, too!

Robyn said...

This is my favourite blog hop-looking forward to visiting all the blogs.

PS- love the photo of the Robin-so hard to get a good photo of birds, right. That says winter to me!


Iota said...

Daffodils? In January?

Hines-Sight said...

Thanks Laura, I have been behind lately, and read your other post on child delivery a couple of days ago, and didn't comment. I thought it was fascinating especially what they tell you to pack. I'm very grateful for my experience here based on that in terms of luxury.

barefoot mama said...

Can you do me a huge favor? Can you delete all but one of my links PLEASE. I was having a hard time with my internet and the result was me linking up here 3 times:( I'm so sorry!

Winters have been mild everywhere so far this year, it seems. Your right, everyone probably would move there if they knew the weather was so nice:) Love the photo you took of your walk....so beautiful!

barefoot mama said...

Thank you so much!! :) That was stressing me out..haha!

Happy Turtle said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter! Nature is so beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

We've had a mild winter here as well... Only the Channel is keeping as apart, so we usually have the same weather... And I bet tonight you're having the first freezing night of the year as we have here... I'm wrapped in a plaid as I blog hop thanks to your club! See how British we've both become, discussing the weather!!!

Felicity said...

Hey Laura!

I love the term chickadee and use it often [although your local lingo did give me a giggle], ironically my post this month features a little birdy.

Hoping that the lovely times keep rolling and that February is a fabulous month filled with family, friends and fun.

xx F

Jane said...

Ah, how lovely to follow my fellow (alliteration) fiend, Felicity! Goodness, you are learning so much about English life, Laura - I really applaud your efforts to immerse yourself in it. And thanks for your sweet card which arrived today - smiling in Hobart now ☺. J x

Pink Princess said...

Hi Laura! I've fallen off the blog wagon..so can't participate at the monthly post club. But just wanted to drop a line to say, that I still love reading your posts and there are lots of awesome blogs linked up. Hopefully I'l be able to join next month!

OKinUK said...

Thanks for doing this link up! It's a great idea!

ann said...

You had a successful bird count, didn't you? I could spend the day in the spring just watching for birds. We will participate in our bird count in February.

Erin S. said...

Bird watching--what a fun idea! Unfortunately, our normally mild winters have been a bit nippy this year, so I think we'll have to wait for spring. BTW--totally laughed at the alternate name for chickadee--uh, yeah--not quite the same :). Thanks for hosting the party. I'm coming fashionably late...I'll come back later today and visit some links. This party always has some great bloggers!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Bedraggled? I doubt it, Miss Robynne :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Winter has found us now too :) A chilly weekend ahead with possible snow

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'll be there!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I love cardinals - they are just stunning. They don't live here in England :(

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you, Miss Zinnia!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

You too :) And thank you :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I was hoping others would find it funny :) My father-in-law reads this, but I just couldn't resist.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Welcome, Katie! I will visit your blog too :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I finally figured out to manage the entries. It took almost a year :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you, Happy Turtle!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Me too! And I'm very grateful as well. It is hard to imagine a birthing experience differently than it was, but now I can.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you! Thank you for dropping by ;)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I know, crazy, right?!

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh, chickadees is definitely nicer. Your comment really made me laugh!

Gris fleur said...

Where are you moving ????