I was about to launch into a new post about an hour ago when I heard the most dreadful caw-cawing outside. I went to investigate and I was met with a scene from The Birds (the film by Alfred Hitchcock). Birds eveywhere, swooping and flying around a tree in my neighbour's garden. Well, I exaggerate slightly. I rushed back to get my camera but only caught the tail end of the mob and look what they were doing:
They were going for this owl - you can just see a magpie and blackbird to the left of the owl. I think I might have run upstairs to the attic to take this shot.
Like an intrepid reporter I ran downstairs, donned my shoes, FORGOT the binoculars and I went to investigate. I thought the owl might have flown off by now but it was till up the tree when I got over the lane and I realised on closer inspection that it was a baby:
See how fluffy it is and it was totally happy for me to watch it from the ground:
The magpies came back to peck at it every now and again so I went off to phone The Barn Owl Centre to ask them if I should do anything. Ofcourse, I was hoping they'd say 'go and save it Mrs and bring it to us' but what they said was that I just needed to leave nature to run its' course and that hopefully the parents would come back for it. It's such a sweet fluffy thing and I hope Mummy and Daddy come back soon although I wish the children could see it when they get back from school.
I think this baby actually came from a nest in a tree in our garden. Do you rememeber that I saw an owl one morning flying to this tree? Well, about two weeks ago we were having a cookout (a lovely word I've learnt from my American readers) in the garden and we saw this owl again, circling the edge of our garden. Tom said "I wonder if it wants to get to the tree and we're stopping it". Lo and behold as soon as we moved away the owl flew to the tree with a mouse in it's mouth which it deposited in the hollow and off it went again. The hollow was full of chirping and we realised that there was a nest up there. Since then I have caught glimpses of the male but never the babies or Mum. It seems as if the babies have left the nest now and one is stuck up a tree. They're Tawny Owls by the way. Keep your fingers crossed please - I don't want it to be pecked to death.
So what else have we been up to when we're not out in the garden trying to catch glimpses of owls and babies in the drizzle. Well, on Friday morning I was invited to a knitting group and I needed a quick project to finish in an hour or so. Looking through my wallet of patterns that I've saved from Web I decided to knit a carrot. I didn't realised then that I would spend the entire weekend knitting other fruit and veg to keep this carrot company. It became quite addictive as I went from one fruit/veg to another and was a great thing to be doing while it poured with rain all weekend:
Incase it's not totally obvious you have - a courgette, tomato, carrots, aubergine, pear, strawberries and an orange in the middle. They look really nice in a basket on the table (but the light was bad so here you have in a basket in the garden):
If you want to make some yourself the patterns are here and here. The courgette is actually the pattern for a cucumber with a knobbly top and the pear is the pattern for the aubergine with slight improvisation. I'm not clever enough to make up my own patterns but I can improvise a bit. They're really quick and easy to make and just that bit more challenging. So, why not have a go yourself even if you don't have any children that will play with them. My children, after the initial - 'WHY are you knitting vegetables Mum' just keep picking them up a squidging them especially the aubergine.
I haven't got much more to say for once and I want to go and see if the owl is still there. Meanwhile take a look at this lady's knitted fruit and veg - she's the one who wrote the strawberry pattern and inspired me in the first place. Do you know that her strawberries have been viewed 12,276 times. Is that a record for a craft photo I wonder?
OK I'm off to don raincoat, boots and grab binoculars cos it's pouring again.......................