27.07.2014 Yesterday evening I found a baby / juvenile magpie that seemed to have fallen from it’s nest onto a low branch in our garden. I spent a long time trying to coax it further up, away from predators, until I realised it hadn’t even learned to fly yet, so I brought my cats in early to give it a better chance of survival and hoped it could make it’s way back to its nest on its own. But when I came out this morning where did I find it? Only sitting on the floor outside the conservatory! Steven and I watched it trying to fly again and again only to keep crashing into the wall and fence but what it could do was hop! We put various objects, each taller than the last, in its path so that it could hop up onto them and eventually we watched it get back to the tree and up onto the branches it had originally come from - we could rest easy that we’d helped it as best we could and it now had a fighting chance, yay! A particularly funny moment that happened before it’s return to the tree, though, was when it hopped onto a chair back only to find Juno starring at it through the window. The bird then got even more up close and personal - and maybe a little bit cocky! - when it hopped onto the windowsill to have a little ‘face-off’ with her! With any luck that will be the closest this little bird will ever get to mine, or any other cats, so have a long and happy life little magpie and we hope you learn to fly high really soon!
26.07.2014 Dog of the day? Alfie. Champion hound.
25.07.2014 Ste and I had a great couple of hours in Leeds this evening meeting up with Pip, Lynnette, some friends and my lil baby cuz, Sophie, who’s back from teaching in Vietnam these past 2 years with her boyfriend Damian. This is their last weekend in the UK before they fly out next week to teach in Peru for another couple of years. It was so nice to catch up and meet Damian and his friends, Ed and Laite, who were all so lovely and such great company. Thank you all for a splendidly, boozy get together and good luck Sophie and Damian on your next teaching adventure! All the best to you both, lots of love, Faye and Steven xx
24.07.2014 What was that mom? You’re thinking of getting some course work done this evening? Erm…..let me help you think again!
23.07.2014 The first of our homegrown onions! Ready just in time for tea :)
22.07.2014 Picture it; you’re standing in your garden with your boyfriend having a “how lucky are we to own a house and land like this?” moment, when you look up and see a big kiss in the sky! Perfect. X
21.07.2014 We should always take the time to stop and smell the flowers….or the cut grass in Junos case!
Why would you want a live bee in your house though..?
Who does? Most bees don’t want to be in your house either, they want to be outside doing their job, collecting pollen for their hives. It’s not their fault they sometimes fly into your house and can’t find their way out. The one I fed was outside but sometimes they just fly indoors, it’s that simple. They will never hurt you unless you are aggressive towards them, so if you’re a kind person, and the sort that will gently guide them back out to the flowers in your garden, you have nothing to worry about.
20.07.2014 When we got back to Leeds this afternoon with the sun still shining we were on a mission to paint our sad looking garden fence. An hour (and an ice cream break!) later it was ‘Job done’! Not a bad effort if I do say so myself.
19.07.2014 Ste and I had another fantastic Howells ‘doo’ in Ormskirk today to celebrate Phil’s 40th birthday. A pub meal and the usual banter, laughter and shared love and respect we all have for each other made it a perfect day. And I totally agree with what Dave, Steven’s dad, said in his ‘Big D Speech’; “I feel so lucky and happy to be part of this incredible family, we all get on so well and enjoy each others company that it’s just a pleasure to spend time with every one of you. I love it.” We all couldn’t agree more Dave, every get together is another chance to spend precious hours in a family that truly loves each other. We’re all blessed to have each other and, more importantly, we acknowledge it. Thank you all for another fantastic day together xxx