This and that
Hellooo! I’m just dipping in to say a quick hello before I rush off again – I don’t know about you but at this time of year, it feels as if everything is suddenly gaining speed and hurtling towards Christmas at a great rate of knots – and it’s not even December! It’s been a full moon this week and some people do think that makes the world (and it’s inhabitants) a little crazy – what do you think?
Whether it’s the moon or not, I think it must also be something to do with the shorter nights – by the time it reaches 4.30pm and it’s pretty much dark, I’m wanting to snuggle up by the fire with my knitting, never mind make dinner and get on with jobs! It’s been wet and miserable here over the last couple of days, too, which hasn’t helped, and my Instagram feed is full of the snow over in Canada which looks so lovely even though I know that such early snow is making life difficult. It just looks so much prettier than the rain battering against the windows!
I’ve started feeding the birds again – I don’t bother so much over the summer as I find that they don’t come for the food as much but once it starts to get past the growing season then the birds are back. We had an unexpected visitor at the end of the summer …
I watched the wood pigeon land in the garden and noticed that it’s wing didn’t look right, but there were so many wood pigeons and crows around over the summer having Battle of Britain-type flypasts and swooping and swinging around each other that I didn’t think too much about it. I presumed it was a bit ruffled from getting a bit too close to another bird and it would fly off in a bit.
Several hours later, it was still hiding under the garden table and the dog was not impressed at having what looked like a permanent feathery visitor in his garden. I wasn’t that impressed either – we get a lot of wood pigeons in our garden and they are not very tidy visitors, stomping about on the vegetables, pooping on the cars, bashing at the bird feeders so that the smaller birds can’t get near and generally being a birdy nuisance – and my first instinct was to leave it to take it’s chances in the garden … until I thought about the cats, and the local fox … and I couldn’t do it.
I did an internet search on “broken bird wings” in case that’s what it was and there was lots of technical stuff that seemed to involve wrapping the bird up in bandages and keeping it in a box. This pigeon was having none of it. As soon as I went outside, it headed off up the garden – and then nipped neatly into the greenhouse where it hid under some compost bags. I decided that I would leave it alone until I could work out how bad it’s injury was and instead barricaded the door to stop cats and foxes getting in but not stopping pigeons getting out if they felt better.
The pigeon stayed with us for about two weeks. I put food, water and a bath in the greenhouse and it got braver every day, coming out from under the compost bags and sitting on boxes and planters, getting closer and closer to the door. I’m not sure if the wing was actually broken rather than maybe sprained, but the internet searches said it would be better after a couple of weeks and as the pigeon wasn’t moving it much, I figured that it was probably healing as well as it would if I’d tried to wrap it up. After about two weeks, when it had started to move it’s wing again, I removed the barricade from the door and the pigeon came out into the garden for a short while before heading back to the greenhouse again. It was always called “the pigeon” – I didn’t know if it was going to live at first, and I didn’t know if something was going to eat it later, so I didn’t want it to have a name. There had been an unfortunate incident a few years ago with “Dave Spikey” the hedgehog, who came to live briefly in our garden before attempting to cross the main road, and I didn’t want to go through that again.
The pigeon has gone now; one day it walked out of the greenhouse and it didn’t come back. We saw it sitting on the greenhouse roof and then it was gone. I’m hoping that it’s having a nice life somewhere (I did keep a cautious eye out of the pigeon remains but haven’t seen any), and I’m also hoping that it doesn’t feel the need to come back and poop on the car!
Our poor garden is looking very drab at the moment – it always happens at this time of year, doesn’t it? I have started to cut everything back but I didn’t finish and now it will have to wait until after Christmas. I didn’t get the shed renovation finished either so that will have to be a job for the New Year as well. I’m trying not to beat myself up about all the things that I haven’t done as there is so much that I have – it always so easy to see what’s left on your list, isn’t it?
What I did do, which I have been considering for a while, is that I bought one of these …
It’s called a Cora Ball (in case you couldn’t guess from the label! 😀) and the idea is that it goes into the washing machine and collects the invisible microfibres from your clothes to prevent them being washed away down the drains, into the rivers and eventually into the ocean.
It’s a bit bigger than I expected!
It’s made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic – when I posted this picture on Instagram there were a couple of people who weren’t impressed by that, but I think that something that gives a new use to the plastic that we’re overwhelmed with is a good thing. If I ever want to recycle the ball, I can send it back to Cora Ball and they will recycle it for me as it probably wouldn’t go through our council scheme.
The idea is that microfibres and hairs (dog hairs, cat hairs, teenage girl hairs) get caught in the octopus-like arms and then you collect it up and put it in the bin. Someone else on Instagram thought that was no better than it going into the ocean as what’s in landfill gets washed into the ocean eventually, but I disagree. I think we have to do what we can when we can – and I am always delighted by anything that deals with hair in my washing machine!
Cora Ball is an American invention and I bought my Cora Ball from a UK store; it wasn’t cheap but I thought it would be more useful for me than the Guppy bags which you pack your washing into – this one collects the fibres from all the washing as it goes straight into the washing machine. It wasn’t cheap, but as much as I’m hoping it collects microfibres, I’m also hoping that it prolongs the life of my washing machine by stopping it getting clogged up with hair.
It takes a while to collect up enough to be able to see, apparently, and this is certainly the case with mine – how you wash, the temperature, the detergent, the types of clothes all make a difference and I wouldn’t be being truthful if I didn’t say that I’m a little bit disappointed not to find it full of fluff already, but I’m going to be washing the pet bedding very soon and I am quite sure there’ll be plenty of fluff after that! I will let you know … 😀
I’ve got two lovely things to tell you about before I go: the first is that I’ve been nominated as an Online Innovator in the Knit Nowmagazine Knitter of the Year Awards. I am really thrilled about this and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who nominated me – not least because the very first award that Winwick Mum won was the Knit Now Knitter of the Year award, so it holds a special place in my heart. There are so many wonderful bloggers, vloggers and podcasters around that it really does make me feel like I’ve won just to be on the list of nominees, and I am also delighted to know that I’m obviously writing about stuff you want to read about!
If you’d like to vote, you can do so here (it’s a short voting form, you’ll be pleased to know! 😀). Thank you! xx
And finally, if you’re in the Warrington area on Saturday, I’m going to be at Black Sheep Wools from 10am – 2pm to talk socks, admire socks, answer sock questions and sign copies of Super Socks and More Super Socks, so do come and say hello! It’s going to be a sock-filled day!