Archive for February, 2010


This lovely image of long-tailed tits is from a wonderful selection of wildlife blinds from Pictureblinds.co.uk – click on the picture to visit the site

The little green book that accompanied my childhood in a country village was “Wild Life Through the Year” by Richard Morse. It was published in 1942 and it is probably based on what could be seen in the English home counties, not in South Wales, where I have always lived.

I particularly like the sketchbook page for every month, with drawings of birds, other animals and plants you are likely to see. So I am showing these pages on my blog and passing my own observations, based on the village garden of my childhood and my 2010 city garden. Read more in my January post…


Ice on the birdbath in February

This month is traditionally (more…)

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Aqua Manda - the perfume of mandarin and spices...


Aqua Manda had a distinctive brown glass bottle with a patterned top - this is the fragrance, but the bubble bath was bigger...

Ah, life’s little luxuries…

As a young teenager living in a country cottage with no hot running water in (more…)

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Reckitts blue

Reckitt’s Blue ad near Stanley Aqueduct, West Yorkshire, by teachernz

There is a certain shade of blue that inspires me like a mystical experience. It genuinely makes me gasp in awe. Its beauty is heartbreaking.

It’s the same blue as a (more…)

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A wonderful embroidered rhino from a needlework magazine of the 1970s

Over the decades I have collected many magazine cuttings of craft projects I’ll never have the time or talent to carry out. I thought I would share this one, so it’s not completely wasted.

I regret I (more…)

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