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Archive of: 2012

Merry Christmas

26/11/2012

We wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Stay Safe - Be Happy - Enjoy Yourselves.

We'll see you all in 2013

An Unexpected Visitor.

26/11/2012

What a lovely winter's day it has been. The sun shone, the frost sparkled and there was no wind. Yes, it was very cold and the frost hardly lifted all day. It was too cold for any gardening, so I spent some time on the river bank. I really went to watch the ducks but was pleased to see an Otter. There are otters on the river but they are usually seen further downstream. However, this afternoon the tide was high but very still - the surface was reflecting everything from the clouds in the sky to the houses on the opposite bank. A series of ripples indicated the presence of something different. Then this beautiful otter came to the surface, really quite close to our bank side - it was quite happy swimming lazily in the sunshine.

Of course I didn't have the camera and by the time I'd rushed up to the house and back again, the otter was too far away. It swam around a little longer before heading back downstream. A truly magical moment - right place at the right time - but no camera!!

GIFT VOUCHERS

26/11/2012

Still looking for that elusive Christmas present for the person who has everything? Why not buy a gift token towards the cost of a holiday at Railway Cottages. Just let me know how much you wish to spend and I will mail out the voucher, either to yourself or direct to the recipient. Don't delay to ensure delivery before Christmas.

26/11/2012

26/11/2012

In the last 2 days we have received 2 months' worth of rain. So far, although very high and fast flowing, the river has not flooded. A river of water has been coming off the surrounding hills down the road and it is this water that has flooded the garden. This is made much worse by the speed of passing vehicles, causing torrents of water to flood into the garden.

The rest of the week is supposed to be drier - let's hope so as it can't get much wetter! But we are luckier than many people. Even the ducks look miserable!!

Wild Life Area

04/11/2012

At last! - The grass in the wild life area is now all cut. This is done once a year with a brush cutter which is hard work. The best time to do this is August/September but this year things got delayed with the bad weather and other commitments. However, this careful management allows the different grasses to grow up each year with a host of wild and self sown flowers. It does look spectacular, particularly in Spring and also provides a haven for wildlife - birds, insects and animals

First to appear are the snowdrops, then daffodils, bluebells, wild garlic, red campion and a host of others. There are always birds, many of which nest in the boxes provided or the trees and hedges. When the weather is good, out come the bees and butterflies and many other insects. As the grass grows long it is easy to see the badger runs.

Of course, the ducks also venture down there - especially if I'm working there and they are looking for a feed!!

Christmas & New Year

04/11/2012

There's still time to book a Christmas or New Year break. Or if you like to spend Christmas & New Year at home, why not book a few days between the two. Fill that 'dead' time between Christmas & New Year with a short break at the seaside. You may not be sitting on the beach but there is still plenty do.

Alternatively, book a short break before Christmas - to relax and do that all important Christmas shopping. Whitby has lots to offer with its small, unique shops displaying a wealth of unusual gifts. Be different from everyone else!

04/11/2012

04/11/2012

Autumn isn't over yet! Took this picture at 4 pm this afternoon. The setting sun shows up the autumn colours beautifully. All the tits are back, eating from the bird table and collecting insects from around the garden and perching on the building gathering insects. Also saw a weasel today scurrying around - no doubt getting ready for winter.

02/11/2012

02/11/2012

What a lovely day we had yesterday, even if it was a bit on the cold side. After all the rain overnight everywhere was very wet. So I spent the day planting up a new strawberry bed. Have used the raised bed in the wildlife area - this was full of flowers this year. I'll have to make sure the wildlife doesn't get to the ripening strawberries before I do!! Here's hoping we get some sun next year.

Scenic Train Ride

26/09/2012

I had a lovely ride on the Esk Valley Line yesterday. The autumn colours are spectacular this year - lovely golds & reds. It was rather gloomy due to the mist and drizzle - very atmospheric but just too early for halloween! Today has been much brighter but colder and the autumn colours really shine in the limited sunshine. Although we haven't had much summer weather this year - in this country our variable weather gives us some lovely scenery.

Duck's Revenge

26/09/2012

If you have been following the blog regularly, you'll know that I have been feeding the baby ducklings that have visited the garden this year. And continued to feed them as they have grown and grown. There is now quite a large flock of ducks visiting for food. As they are wild ducks from the river, I have been trying to stop them becoming totally reliant on my food and have aimed to feed less and less. There is, after all, plenty of food in the river and roundabout.

Now, if I don't feed them, they wander round the garden, pecking at my plants, even pecking small plants out of pots in their frustration. Hence Duck's Revenge!!

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