Family visit to England

I haven’t written for a while because I have been on a family holiday to England for two weeks.

During our visit we visited London and saw some of the site such as,

Buckingham Palace

buckingham palace

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

houses of parliment

The London Eye

london eyeand St James’ Park where we saw many birds

heron st james park

We went out on a boat trip along the river Nene with my aunty and uncle

boat-1and saw Great Crested Grebe

great crested grebeCormorant

cormorantand Mute Swan

mute swan-2 mute swan-1

We went swimming

kelly learning to swim

and spent some time at the sea side crab fishing and sunbathing.

sunbathing crab fishing

Hawk Owls plus an accident with an axe

I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend. 

Hawk OwlThey nest in holes in trees.  This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.

hawk owl nest

One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph

Hawk owl young-1 (1320 x 990)The other pair however, have young that have just left the nest and although they cannot fly, they are very good at climbing.  They were very difficult to locate sitting in trees.

Hawk Owl chick-3 (990 x 1320)But once located, they did not move.

Hawk Owl chick-4 (990 x 1320) Hawk Owl chick-2 (1320 x 990)

While carving a Birch spoon today I chopped my fingers with the axe (I was keeping an eye on Kelly instead of concentrating on what I was doing).  I had read an article on Facebook that Cayenne Pepper is very good at staunching the flow of blood so I tried it out.

handIt did not stop the bleeding within 10 seconds as the article states, but within a minute it had stopped.  The base of the fingers is not an easy place to apply a dressing, but I have taped the two fingers together and that seems to have worked ok.

Curtain rail completed

We were at the cabin last weekend.  On Friday it was warm and sunny

kelly enjoying sunKelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!

kelly cleaningShe also also becoming very interested in nature.  In this picture she was learning about ants and  they get in your nappy!!

learning about natureWe wanted to have curtains in front of the beds to make it darker when sleeping, during the 24hrs of summer daylight and hide the beds away during the day.

We couldn’t find a curtain at the right length so I decided to make one.  The hangers for the rail (which are screwed to the ceiling) I made out of pieces of Birch, screwed to pieces of Pine.

birch hangers for curtain railThen I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)

curtain rail-2Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.

Here’s the rail fixed in place

curtain railand here’s the curtains in place

curtains on railI spent a lot of time trying to photograph birds, but there are very few birds this year (probably because spring is so late.  This Siberian Jay is the best picture I took.

siberian jay