Saturday, 2 April 2016

A second look…at some doodling!

Over at The Altered Booklover Bluebeard and Elizabeth are inviting us to join in and show a post from our blogging past that some of you may not have seen!

My post is from 2013.
I could hardly believe that three years has gone by so quickly as I remember this day so well!

This is what I posted on 21st April 2013

The post was entitled  - I love to Doodle
I do - really! Especially since starting doodling in my new book - Art Doodle Love! This time The prompts were....
to draw the shapes around you!
I did take this rather literally and took parts of some of the things that are around me here at the caravan!This was started last time we were here and finished while nursing my poorly leg(more of that another time!!) It was Gout! 
The next prompt was a doodle a day for a week and each day I just doodled what came into my head, some prompted by where we had been, some just from a random thoughts(of which I have a lot!!!)
Now, a mystery!
We have had our caravan for a few years now and started feeding the birds - at first hanging a couple of feeders from the bird table(until the Jackdaws kept unhooking them so that they fell to the ground for them to pinch)then I have to admit it's got a bit more than just a couple, hung in the hedge! Last year we bought a niger seed feeder hoping to encourage finches, we already had several Chaffinches visiting but they didn't seem to want them, however the sparrows quite liked them when everything else ran out! Since the end of March we have had a pair of Goldfinches, 
lovely to watch and photographs don't do their colours justice!
So....Friday morning a Nuthatch came to the nut feeder - I love watching these birds when we go over to Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, so you can imagine my excitement - too busy jumping up and down to take a photo!
Yesterday just after lunch the Goldfinches came along with a sparrow ...except it wasn't a Sparrow, hubby was looking through the binoculars then handed them to me - as I looked I realised it wasn't a sparrow but a beautiful Redpoll(hubby hadn't noticed), who then disappeared only to return several times
I then turned my gaze to the sparrows and was just saying about not knowing what a Siskin or a Dunnock looked like and that I probably wouldn't recognise one if I saw one, when in flew...
 this little beauty - a Siskin with a mate!!
Now the mystery is - why have I never seen them before and why haven't they come back today(the Goldfinches have become 3 or 4 times a day visitors)? Had something happened at their usual feeding station, were they lost, did they follow the goldfinches or all of these or none of these?! I can only say I really enjoyed watching them come back and to a few times yesterday and hope it's not the last time we see them!

2nd April 2016
Although we have seen the Goldfinches quite often since and the Siskins occasionally, I have never seen another Redpoll and only one other time have I seen a Nuthatch!

There are now a pair of Sparrowhawks around our caravan garden occasionally, so I have to make sure the feeders are tucked well into the hedge and I think next time we go I will be getting the kind of feeders that are inside a sort of cage.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my second look and will join in with your own
Have a great weekend and Thanks for looking, Chris


Helen said...

have a great weekend - the birds are beautiful, I am really bad at recognising birds (apart from the basics) . It's gorgeous here today,hope you are having some sunshine.

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the doodles, it is rather addictive, isn't it, and the bird photos are wonderful. Have a nice weekend, hugs, Valerie

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, amazing doodling, well done you, must have taken you hours!! Great photos too!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am NOT a doodler, but I love what you did. Love the randomness of it all, even though there was great composition with that randomness. I liked the colors you chose, too.

As for birds, they all look the same to me, except robins and cardinals. I wouldn't know a sparrow from a woodchuck if you put it in front of me! So, I enjoyed the great aviary lesson. These are wonderful.

Thanks for sharing your doodles AND your great bird photos with us for your second look on the 2nd. I really enjoyed these birds, as I'm sure Valerie did, too.

johanna said...

you did this so wonderfully. by some reasons i´m not a doodler at all... but i´m sure it is de-stressing and Relaxing.
happy Weekend, Chris!

Halle said...

What a great look back. Love the doodles. I only doodle if I'm stuck on hold. Helps pass the time I guess.

Carol said...

Oh I loved seeing all of your birds and your lovely doodles.! I doodle a lot...especially while setting with the Hubs watching TV. I love seeing the different birds you have in comparison to what we have here ♥

sirkkis said...

You've created wonderful spread pages. So rich and beautiful.
Love your sweet bird photos 🌷
Have a happy weekend ❤

catherine said...

Love those doodled pages Chris and it is good to look back at previous pages we have done. Great pics of the birds
x catherine

June Macfarlane said...

Love the doodles and your photos are fab, thanks for sharing. x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Your doodling is just amazing Chris! WOW!! Love your photographs, birds are a new love of mine and I'm just learning about them. Great shots, and your garden looks so amazing! hugs :)

Mimi said...

Well, no wonder I like you: you're a bird-lover! :-) :-) :-) :-)