c January 2015 | Garden, Tea, Cakes, (Books) and Me

Results of my Big Garden Bird Watch

At just after 9 o'clock on Saturday morning I settled down with my cup of tea and my mobile phone.  All ready to start my hour of recording the birds that appeared in my garden. I  had thought I would complete the survey using a pen and the printed out form, in the end I decided to use the on line interactive form on my phone. It included a timer so there was no doubt when the hour was over, it also included an interactive bird related quiz. 

Which birds visited my garden? The results are in…

All the Great Tits that had been feeding on the bird feeder just 10 minutes prior to starting my hour, all but disappeared! Missing from list and quite often visitors to the garden are the Woodpecker and Nuthatch. Usually there would be a Wren or two flitting around the plant pots and under the Holly hedge, but I think it was a little late in the morning for them. Last year a Buzzard even made an appearance for the hour, though it has been a few weeks since I have seen him (or her) much to the relief of the smaller garden birds.

Did you join in with the Big Garden Bird Watch? If so how many birds did you spot? 

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Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend 24th 25th January, I will be joining in!

It is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend here in the UK, I will be joining in and it is not too late to still participate. Last year I spotted a Buzzard, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Magpies and Pigeons. Though the weather last year was very windy so all the Finches and Blue Tits sought shelter. But I am hopeful this year they will make an appearance as they are never far from the bird feeders at present.   

(photo credit RSPB)

Step 1   Register online at the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch website.

Step 2   Choose 1 hour on either Saturday 24th or Sunday 25th January to watch for birds and other wildlife in your garden.

Step 3   Complete the form online or using a tablet device during your chosen hour. Or if you prefer using paper and pencil then print out the Big Birdwatch sheet, which also includes photographs of common garden birds to aid you.
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List of bakes continues for another year

Do you remember my list of bakes I planned in 2014. Whilst I did not manage to work my way through all recipes on the list I did successfully bake some of them.

Cheesecake recipes
Baking from a list

As with most home bakers I continued to bake my favourite cakes and sweet treats through the year such as scones, chocolate cake, shortbread and fudge etc. I will not be dismissing my list from last year, but will continue to refer to it for baking ideas. Many members of my family will be pleased to hear they can request any cake they like for their birthday and can deviate from the list! I have already received requests for Carrot Cake and a Sticky Ginger Cake so watch this space.

Baking List
Happy baking everyone!
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My 2015 Reading Challenge

It can be tricky finding the time to do everything I enjoy, there are so many things that interest me.

  • Sewing 
  • Baking
  • Family history research
  • Reading
  • Blogging
  • Gardening
  • Visiting gardens and heritage properties 
  • National Trust volunteering

Last year I found little time for reading though it is something I particularly enjoy. As such I have decided to set myself an aim this year, to read at least 15 books, not many compared to some people but I think it is achievable. Part of this promise is to also review the books, as such I am now a contributor at Hanging on Every Word. Feel free to pop over and read my reviews. Most books I either loan from my local library or receive as free downloads or I have won them. I have already read one book and well on my way to reaching my target. Lets see if that still holds true in 12 months time!

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Angela has read 1 book toward a goal of 15 books.

My progress can be monitored on Good Reads, where there will be no hiding my progress, or lack of it. To add a little interest I am also linking to the PopSugar Reading challenge, thanks to my friend Darcy for pointing this out to me. Whilst I do not expect to reach their goal of fifty books I very much like the list of books to read from. The first type of book to tick off the list is 'a book set in a different country'

I have pinned the list of the PopSugar Reading Challenge onto my Pinterest board which you will find on the link below, there are some great topics listed.

Do you have any book recommends?  Are you taking up a reading challenge this year?

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