A noisy problem

I love having birds in the garden and we’ve always done everything we can to encourage them, feed stations, bird bath and plenty of shrubs and bushes for them to hide and nest in. However this year we have an issue, a very noisy issue.

At the front of the house we have six foot high hedges, a holly tree and a conifer and usually its a harmonious place filled with cheeps and tweets from various babies, that was until a couple of magpies arrived. They decided to build a nest in the holly tree and have caused mayhem ever since. First they chased the blackbirds out of the hedges and into the conifer, which was going well until a very windy storm and we found two blackbird babies, much too young to fledge, on the floor at the base of the tree. The parents quickly decamped and set up home at the back of the house and are successfully and peacefully raising the next brood.

Next it was the wood pigeons and jays, both of which used to visit morning and evening but have given up fighting their way to the food whilst being bombarded by screeching and flapping. Although occasionally the jay ventures to the back of the house for food.

Now it’s the humans, we live on a main, busy road and during the day it’s not as much of an issue (I think the magpies must be getting their beauty sleep then) but from around 10 at night all hell breaks loose. Anyone dares to walk along the road gets screeched at from the top of the holly. Unfortunately some of the local cats have also joined in and have now taken to sitting at the bottom of the tree. They don’t do anything other than sit there but the cawing and screeching is so loud and can go on for hours.

I have been out in the garden at ‘stupid o’clock’ in my pyjama’s shouting at them to shut up and chasing the cats away. I was wondering what the neighbours thought if they saw me, but then a couple of nights ago whist opening the window to see what was causing that night’s noisy outburst, I spotted the neighbour in his garden, pj’s and slippers waving a newspaper around and telling the magpies, in very clear language, what he would do to them if they didn’t shut up !

Thankfully all the rain we have had recently has really settled them down, although I think it might just be the lack of cats and people around. Fingers crossed the noisy critters have given up their torment and will let us all sleep peacefully at night.

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An update

In October we decided to take a short break away to Blackpool, it’s always been one our favourite ‘guilty pleasures’.

We did all our usual activities, saw the lights, into the tower for a dance around the ballroom and a laugh at the circus, made a wax hand at Madame Tussaud’s, a day of swimming at the sandcastle and the highlight….. getting soaked and terrified (mostly me) on the rides at the pleasure beach.

It was a very cold week but good to spend some quality time together.

November arrived with a couple of surprises, a permanent job (in a place I enjoy working with lovely staff) and a new allotment.

As you can see it’s been well looked after and is in a decent condition, unlike the last one. This one is a family affair, myself and my mum. So you can look forward to some allotment blogging in 2018.

A day out in Liverpool for a look at the Grayson Perry dresses in the Walker Art Gallery.

I attempted a little craft project with a few balls of wool I had kept (after my clear out – Bye-Bye knitting needles) and created  a huge pile of pom-poms and created a bedroom rug, it looked pretty good for about two weeks but the constant foot-fall soon took it’s toll and some of them started to ‘shed’ so I’ve moved it to a different part of the room, where it will get less wear. I will replace a couple of the worst affected.

December arrived, busy as December always is. A few birthdays, a night out with friends and Christmas with the family.

A hope you’ve had a lovely time and 2018 is a happy and healthy year for you.

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A busy few days.

Sorry for the lack of posts but things have been a bit busy. I finished work, so decided to re-decorate my bedroom.

My mum went away so I put Oscar into her room and moved some of my furniture into his to make painting easier.  I bought some new wallpaper for the chimney breast wall.

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After trying a few tester pots, pale green was the best colour for both the wallpaper and bedding.

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The painting was a nightmare, firstly the lilac underneath shone through the first and second coats, then when going to buy another tin of paint my car broke down and I had to be rescued

and buy a new battery for the car. So three days of painting and 2 tins of paint later it was finished, and looks much better and brighter. It also gave me the opportunity to have a clear out of pictures, ornaments and general junk I’ve kept just because.

I also decided to move the bed and some of the furniture, although I would like some new furniture eventually.

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a day in my life …. photo diary

A busy but productive mother/daughter day …..

Last Month

December came and went so fast, I realised whilst updating the list that I didn’t tell you any of the fun we had before, during or after Christmas.

My birthday is in December so for a treat, Oscar and I, went to Liverpool for the day. We went ice skating and then had 3 goes on the ice slide, which was hilarious, and yet again I fell over, I need to start drinking alcohol ! Afterwards we had a lovely meal.

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We had a visit to craft fair at Birkenhead Priory, not somewhere I’ve ever visited before but we will return for a proper look around as it was beautiful, if a little cold and Oscar was spooked by the darkness inside, I bought some lovely handmade presents. Maybe a summer visit next time.

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Christmas eve we went bowling, and even though I got 3 strikes Oscar still won, I’m sure the machine was broken ! The usual excitement and nerves kicked in waiting for Santa to arrive. Thankfully he did.

Followed by a quiet few days whist Oscar was away with his dad, which gave me some reading and sewing time.

New years eve he was home, just the two of us so it was a quiet one. We made his 3d jigsaw (thankfully all the pieces are numbered), played games and did some reading whilst waiting for midnight and the fireworks. A lovely end to a not so pleasant year.

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Life and things …

Things have been a bit crazy for the last few weeks, obviously we had the wedding, then the shock of a job offer at the start of the half term holidays. Thankfully it helped take some of the pressure off and lifted everyone’s spirits.

Half term was a mixture of homework and fun days.

We started with a cinema day on Monday, 2 films, once again a freebie from Odeon, and lovely comfortable seats too. A lovely mum and son day.

Tuesday was another interview day for me, Oscar had an easy day, Wednesday we caught up on homework and had a minecraft building session.

Thursday we changed our plans a few times, we were supposed to be bowling but I forgot to book the lane and when we got there it was full of pensioners. We didn’t fancy hanging around for an hour so went to Spaceport at Seacombe ferry. We haven’t been here for a long time, although not much has changed, it was very interesting and the planetarium/space dome theatre was really good.

Friday we spent the day in Liverpool, first stop was the world museum to see the animal mummies exhibition. A quick bite to eat then a walk down to the Albert dock and Tate Liverpool to make our own piece of art and see the famous Tracey Emin ‘bed’, Oscar said ‘she’s very unhealthy because she drinks too much alcohol and smokes’ To be fair it was a pretty fair statement from what we could see.

The weekend was tidying bedrooms, sorting clothes and uniform, kits and generally getting ready for school and work !!

Monday was my first day, only a few hours but so much to do and learn. It went very quickly, everyone was lovely but I don’t think I’ll ever learn all the names or the computer system.

Today seemed quiet still waiting for all my required authorisations to come through but I think tomorrow I might be let lose on real people and the computers, thankfully with a shadow and lots of support.

I can honestly say I am enjoying being back doing something useful, even if it’s only a few short hours a week, fingers crossed the hours increase in the near future.

I’m back (I think)

Sorry for the silence but my days and weeks have consisted of the same old boring nothingness. They essentially went like this…

Alarm goes off at 6.50am, get up, wake and feed child, take him to school, sit at computer applying for jobs, return to school to collect child, homework, food, bathe, bed. Rinse and repeat. Dull, dreary and mind numbing.

Well it was until last week, finally a change from the normal routine and very much needed boost. And what was this change, my brothers wedding.

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A wonderful, fabulously clear, bright day with a stunning bride and a very handsome bridegroom. Surrounded by family from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Wirral and beyond, they made their vows and we partied hard. It was a much needed jolt from the day to day routine and a catch up with family, old and new. An amazing day with lovely people and I can now officially call her my sister-in-law (even though I have for a long time already), the only sadness was my missing plus one, but wherever Phil may be I know he would be very happy for the happy couple.

Anyway, this week saw even more changes and bright horizons, I finally have a job !! Woo hoo, I went for an interview on Monday and got a phone call an hour or so later to offer me the position and start next week. It’s a part-time position so it will still allow me time with Oscar and some of the school drop-offs/collections, it has meant a re-jig of some after school activities but nothing that can’t be altered and a happier, less stressed out mum for Oscar.

The last 10 days has been a big shake-up and change that I needed.

Onward and upwards.