Painting for Pleasure

Having had a few days to please myself, and being as its been raining most days,  so the garden has been out of bounds.. I decided to revitalise a galvanised bucket which had been sat outside for some time..

Mouse painting on Tin Bucket 1

We bought some herbs from the garden centre last week and we will plant them in the bucket which we have put drain holes in, to stand on the patio.. I didnโ€™t get any photoโ€™s of what it looked like before, but thought I would spruce it up even more with a little mouse.. Well in fact two cheeky mice!.

Mouse on Tin Bucket

 All I have to do now is add some clear varnish over the bucket to keep weather proof.. Then plant the herbs.. I came across Robert Burns poem To A Mouse.

Below is the Standard English Translation from Robert Burns original Poem so those who do not understand the broad Scottish in the Video, so you can translate and understand..

Thank you for Reading

Sue

Small, crafty, cowering, timorous little beast,
O, what a panic is in your little breast!
You need not start away so hasty
With argumentative chatter!
I would be loath to run and chase you,
With murdering plough-staff.

I’m truly sorry man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
And justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth born companion
And fellow mortal!

I doubt not, sometimes, but you may steal;
What then? Poor little beast, you must live!
An odd ear in twenty-four sheaves
Is a small request;
I will get a blessing with what is left,
And never miss it.

Your small house, too, in ruin!
Its feeble walls the winds are scattering!
And nothing now, to build a new one,
Of coarse grass green!
And bleak December’s winds coming,
Both bitter and keen!

You saw the fields laid bare and wasted,
And weary winter coming fast,
And cosy here, beneath the blast,
You thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel plough passed
Out through your cell.

That small bit heap of leaves and stubble,
Has cost you many a weary nibble!
Now you are turned out, for all your trouble,
Without house or holding,
To endure the winter’s sleety dribble,
And hoar-frost cold.

But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often askew,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!

Still you are blest, compared with me!
The present only touches you:
But oh! I backward cast my eye,
On prospects dreary!
And forward, though I cannot see,
I guess and fear!

Source: Poem Robert Burns  To a Mouse http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_a_Mouse

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  1. Duma Key
    May 13, 2014 @ 17:32:54

    Ha that’s an amazing idea for an old bucket, have an old pond I was planning on taking to the dump, but given me an idea now, to use it instead.

    Ha I caught a little mouse the other week, investigating the back end of my garden, not sure who was more startled me or the mouse! Been careful in that area not to disturb it, can’t it doing any harm, too far away from the house and reminded me of that mouse from The Green Mile….lol! Mr jingles…..not sure if it’s still about but I don’t mind sharing that section!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 13, 2014 @ 17:36:27

      Glad the bucket idea gave you an idea to recycle your old pond.. And I loved the film The Green Mile.. and that little mouse..
      We have lots of little mice I know in the old wood pile at the bottom of my garden. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure your little mouse will thank you for leaving it be ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Duma Key
        May 13, 2014 @ 17:50:17

        Just because I live here there is no reason we can’t share! Besides I already have a hedgehog that likes to amble round the patio and rockery early evening, quite nice to watch when sat in the conservatory , often more interesting viewing than the TV.
        Just looking through some photos on my iPhone from a couple of weeks back digging out an old tree root, and had a little visitor that compelled me to take some pics, when I have a few mins will upload them, think you may like!
        Spending time in the garden always gives me space to think……hmmm think I am loosing the plot lol

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  2. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    May 13, 2014 @ 17:42:08

    Gut bemalt. LG. Wolfgang

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  3. Amy Pinkrose
    May 13, 2014 @ 17:49:29

    Sue!!! This is SO cute! Well done, my friend! There is nothing like getting lost with a paint brush, or in my case, a pastel chalk. Love you! (((HUGS))) Amy

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  4. Visionkeeper
    May 13, 2014 @ 18:06:07

    Your talent always wows me DW !!! How beautiful…You are always making the world a more beautiful place. Thanks for doing that! Wish I could paint like that. Hope it dries up a bit for you soon. I know you live being out there watching things grow. Stay dry ๐Ÿ™‚ Love and hugs…. VK

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:44:06

      Today the Sun is out and about all be it keeps hiding from me behind the clouds.. But the Bucket got its varnish coat.. and some dahlia’s got planted in some other tubs today… The herbs are awaiting their new home among the mice! ๐Ÿ™‚ and all is well in the Dreamwalker Garden today… Enjoy the Full creative Moon! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx LOVE DW xxx

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  5. marina kanavaki
    May 13, 2014 @ 18:51:52

    Love it!!! Isn’t this extremely revitalizing? Look how happy that bucket looks!! I also like doing this just for the fun of it, just playing about. The smile I get after it’s done is priceless!!! Don’t you agree? ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxx
    ps the plants are also going to live happily in there!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:41:45

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you dear Marina.. Yes the Bucket is smiling and happy with his two companions for life.. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I agree the satisfactions is priceless ๐Ÿ™‚ I so agree! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxxxx And yes the herbs will love their new home.. ๐Ÿ˜€ xxxx

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  6. prenin
    May 13, 2014 @ 19:12:11

    Good artwork as always my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The mouse is a much put upon creature and far better than a pestilential rat!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Love and hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Prenin.

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  7. Sabina Brave
    May 13, 2014 @ 19:58:33

    Hello, Sue ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you for passing by, and most of all for remembering me ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t forget you too. I don’t know, why I’m mostly absent on internet, and wordpress as well…
    Hugs, and blessings for you, my dear friend ๐Ÿ™‚
    xoxox

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  8. Maria F.
    May 13, 2014 @ 20:20:28

    Sue, I love this. I can’t believe the beauty and sentiment of Robert Burns with such humble creature. Your art work is truly inspiring, as I love all art work which honours humble creatures. Beautiful sentiment.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:36:37

      Maria, yes Robert Burns indeed paid a huge compliment to the humble mouse.. as have you to my artwork.. Thank you… Together we appreciate All of Nature and her gifts… Thank you for taking the time to comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs Sue

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  9. Deb
    May 13, 2014 @ 22:11:34

    You finished it! I love if, Sue! I’ve enjoy the read too! Thank you for sharing, and for you visit today.
    Much love and hugs xoxo

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  10. DG MARYOGA
    May 13, 2014 @ 22:23:43

    Staggering transformation,dear Sue,thanks to your artistic disposition !
    Just a simple galvanised bucket,turned into a real piece of Art ! Your hero,the little creature,looks fabulous among the delicate flowers and the sign of the sun above them sends enough light to warm the atmosphere.And then came the Burns’ poem to accompany it all.How charming and beautiful your creation is !!!
    Hugs and love ,Doda ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:33:54

      I am happy you saw the symbol of the Sun too… I nearly painted it yellow, then thought better of it.. Well spotted.. I think that bucket has just sat waiting for such a moment to be painted and admired by your good self.. Thank you for your wonderful comment dear Doda.. . Love and Hugs back. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. lavendermoongirlblog
    May 13, 2014 @ 22:52:05

    I love your little mouse painting and Burn’s poem is one of my favourites. Thank you Suexx

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  12. Ruchira Khanna
    May 13, 2014 @ 23:48:13

    loved the painting and you gave me idea to give a make over to my flower pots ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Tuesday
    xoxo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:29:59

      Oh Good!.. I love it when idea’s snowball, ๐Ÿ™‚ Thats 3 so far who have taken this and have thought to apply an idea within their own garden.. Love it when its passed on like that.. Thank you so much Ruchira…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs to you.. Love Sue.. Enjoy your Wednesday ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Valentine Logar
    May 14, 2014 @ 00:00:26

    Sue, I love this! I wish I had 1/10 of the talent you have. I think I would find maybe some peaceful way to expend some energy and make some wonderful things.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:28:30

      Val we all have talent of various degrees… Once upon a time I would hardly paint… Practices may not make perfect.. but it improves with time… I am fortunate in that the gift of drawing has been given me.. and that I use it to illustrate the things I love.. I am certain given an idea, you could create something just as good if not better… ๐Ÿ™‚ even an abstract pattern .. Life is made for colour ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Line
    May 14, 2014 @ 01:17:18

    I love mice! ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially forest mice! They are adorable! I also love your beautiful painting! You are so talented Sue!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:25:40

      Many thanks Line for your most appreciative comment… Mice are lovely little creatures… Yet man is so scared of them… ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your gracious comment Line.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs back.. xxx Sue

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  15. lorrena
    May 14, 2014 @ 01:22:13

    All creatures great and small and those who have such a big heart you..
    Namaste

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  16. http://poetbblog.wordpress.com
    May 14, 2014 @ 04:38:05

    Very creative beautiful, Have a wonderful day!

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  17. shamanictracker
    May 14, 2014 @ 08:40:23

    Pretty! xox

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  18. The Emu
    May 14, 2014 @ 09:30:26

    Hi Sue, great job you have done on the bucket, has given me an idea for my old antique French watering can.
    I am glad you put the words of Burns into English, I liked the brogue of the reader
    Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 16:19:29

      Yes some of the words Ian are really rich and can not be understood.. I know that many of our USA friends may not understand the Scottish dialect. I know ( Smiles ) some have a job understanding my own ‘slang’ in English lol sometimes…. hehe…. Glad the idea sparked off a revamp of a watering can.. Good Luck and enjoy .. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have found that even if those who can not paint.. stencils or transfers work just as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy DIY ing.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Jo Bryant
    May 14, 2014 @ 09:33:40

    goodness Sue…you are so talented…I love that bucket, and the poem just was so lovely

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  20. giselzitrone
    May 14, 2014 @ 11:54:03

    Einen schรถnen Mittwoch liebe Sue der Eimer ist so schรถn gemacht sieht toll aus,sehr kreativ.Und ein schรถner TextLiebe GrรผรŸe noch von mir und Freundschaft.Gislinde

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  21. Dilip
    May 14, 2014 @ 12:04:06

    A beautiful message indeed. It is the process of painting with enthusiasm that keeps our mind active and creative. We need to keep our talents well honed. herbs too will grow happily ๐Ÿ™‚ I find the little mouse so cute ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kindest regards dear Sue.

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  22. aFrankAngle
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:07:01

    Good work … and thanks for the translation because i needed it!

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  23. Eddie Two Hawks
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:12:18

    Amazing regeneration of old bucket Sue! It is now a work of art and more valuable than the original. Lovely poem by Robert Burns. His use of words has a way of bringing out the imagination in everyone. love and blessings, Eddie

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  24. dreamingthruthetwilight
    May 14, 2014 @ 18:07:34

    Herbs and mice living in happy harmony. …May be the cluster will allow the rodents to nibble at some of its leaves. The poor darlings would have a tough time otherwise, surrendering to frozen temptation.:-)

    Lovely idea ..painting that bucket. I can already see it with its green crowning glory.

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  25. Maurice Sapiro
    May 14, 2014 @ 19:56:58

    Sue,I could easily fall in love with your mice!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2014 @ 19:59:49

      Maurice, Your visit and your compliment is an honour I can not begin to compare with your art world.. But I enjoy painting and that is ALL that matters.. Many thanks for taking time to view Maurice and to leave me your welcome comment… Big Smiles… Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Maria F.
    May 15, 2014 @ 15:43:33

    Sue, I’m sending you a link of a gardening website which has proven to have very useful as well as unusual information.
    http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.com

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  27. lscotthoughts
    May 15, 2014 @ 17:37:13

    What a great idea for the bucket, Sue, and that mouse is really adorable, too! I love it and the poem! Sending you lots of love and hugs! xoxo

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  28. Amy Pinkrose
    May 15, 2014 @ 18:07:39

    Sue, FRIDAY there will be a post for you at Petals. I nominated you for a very special award. Love, Amy

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  29. BloomLisa
    May 15, 2014 @ 20:04:07

    You are such a sweet sweet soul dear Sue. I hope you have some sunshine today!

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  30. inavukic
    May 16, 2014 @ 06:22:42

    Love the mouse ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 17, 2014 @ 09:35:28

      Thank you so much… Hubby just painted green another larger bucket … So I am thinking now what other animal I can paint ๐Ÿ™‚ .. I so appreciate your visit.. The Sun is out here this weekend.. So its calling… See you next week.. and enjoy your own weekend my friend ๐Ÿ™‚
      Sue

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  31. beverley
    May 16, 2014 @ 10:24:51

    Lovely idea!

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  32. Mรฉlanie
    May 16, 2014 @ 12:49:04

    do continue to please yourself, young lady… the result(s) and consequences are sooo nice! ๐Ÿ™‚ my very best and have a sunny weekend! cheers, Mรฉlanie โค

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  33. natswans
    May 16, 2014 @ 16:57:07

    I love this Sue your painting is beautiful, magic. Pleasing yourself end result simply marvelous , Love Sheila x

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 17, 2014 @ 09:46:00

      Dear Sheila.. thank you so much… Enjoy a wonderful weekend.. Looks like we have got Summer here early for a few days so I will be making the most of it.. I am sure you will be too ..
      Enjoy
      Love Sue xox

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  34. Lois Field
    May 17, 2014 @ 02:05:43

    Sue, you are so talented I’m glad you found some time to paint. You will smile every time you walk buy that planter.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 17, 2014 @ 09:49:59

      Already smiling… and hubby painted green another old metal tub with handles on which is quite large.. He liked the bucket so much, while I was at work in a team meeting the other day I returned to find he’d painted it.. And he said right, now paint something on that to brighten it up.. I can not wait!..
      The Sun is shinning and its warm today.. So the WP is on hold as the Garden is calling today..
      Enjoy your weekend Lois.. Much love and Many thanks again.. xxxx Sue

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  35. Aquileana
    May 17, 2014 @ 02:30:33

    Lovely paintings dear Sue… You are so creative!!!… โ•ฐโ™ฅโ•ฎ

    Also nice poem by Robert Burns

    Keep it up, my dear blogger friend…

    Hugs & happy weekend ahead to you and yours,

    Aquileana ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 17, 2014 @ 09:51:21

      Dear Aquileana.. thank you so much.. I see in my email you have posted a new post too.. I will be by soon, but the Sun is calling me out this weekend.. We do not get too many hot days here in the UK so I shall be making the most of it..
      Enjoy your weekend .. Hugs Sue ๐Ÿ˜€

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  36. summerrain63
    May 19, 2014 @ 10:16:17

    oohhh….what cute buckets…..a woman of many talents you are….havent been around much but I always know you are good….its always peaceful over here…again…cute cute bucket

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 19, 2014 @ 10:39:11

      WOW… Hi Summerrain… So good to see you about too.. I have been away from the Pc over the weekend.. So its good we are just crossing paths like this.. I Hope you are well.. Glad you enjoyed the Bucket.. I have another larger tub now awaiting some decoration too ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxxx

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  37. Kourtney Heintz
    May 20, 2014 @ 23:08:28

    I love how you take advantage of the rain to beautify the buckets with your art. They are so adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 21, 2014 @ 08:52:29

      Yes, we can not waste a minute.. It seems as I turned another decade I need to cram as much pleasure in life as I can, and painting is one of them I so love to do, yet have neglected for such a long time..
      Many thanks Kourtney for you encouragement and compliment xxx

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  38. Ruth Nina Welsh
    May 22, 2014 @ 13:36:20

    Great use of your talent and the bucket – it looks gorgeous!! I do so enjoy that Burns poem – thanks for popping it up, it’s been a while since I’ve read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 22, 2014 @ 13:47:23

      Yes, the poem is a classic.. and one I read once at school.. I have a nice tub now waiting for some art on it.. But that will be to paint next week I think when I have more time on my hands again..
      Loved your wonderful visit Ruth.. Love and Hugs your way
      Sue xoxox

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  39. Tom Merriman
    May 23, 2014 @ 10:46:13

    I love your painting, Sue – you’ve certainly spruced up that bucket!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 23, 2014 @ 11:23:49

      Yes its looking good I have to admit and I am quite, well very pleased with the results. Hubby too is pleased so painted an huge Tub with handles each side in green,, So this is now awaiting my next artistic creation.. Maybe a Rabbit or a Fox .. Not quite made up my mind yet what to put on there.. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Many thanks Tom.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  40. jacksjottings
    May 29, 2014 @ 05:13:00

    Love your cute mouse it transformed that bucket.
    Thanks for the translation.
    I only really understood a few words of
    Tam o’ Shanter.
    โ€œBut pleasures are like poppies spread,
    You seize the flower, it’s bloom is shed;
    Or, like the snow-fall in the river,
    A moment white, then melts forever.โ€
    They are profound gems. _/\_

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 29, 2014 @ 13:11:50

      Thank you Jack, yes Nature is forever producing her own gems.. and the bucket is holding up well, we have now had 3 days and nights rain none stop.. .. I started painting the large tub today.. a Blackbird now is upon it, a snail and some bluebells.. We have a regular blackbird we call him ‘dropwing’ because one of his wings droops, he’s been coming now for a couple of years .. We put meal-worms on the bird table and corn and seeds etc. I often see him pulling worms from the lawn too… So my theme are the visitors to my garden.. One half is now down, I’m waiting for it to dry and tomorrow I will start the other side.. Life is good and this rain is certainly greening everything up, even if the allotment needs some sun to get them growing.
      We still need the rain.. _/\_

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      • jacksjottings
        May 29, 2014 @ 14:18:49

        You get fond of wild birds that befriend you.
        There was a magpie befriended me I called him Andy because he had one claw missing, so the pun was he had an “Andycap”. He brought Ladybird and they brought young ones for 4 years. They sat all over me. This is a link to a post Pauline did about the magpies.
        http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/michelles-weekly-pet-challenge-our-magpie-family/

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          May 29, 2014 @ 14:25:01

          Jack I just went over to Pauline’s .. Amazing how fast I can travel.. LOL.. Oh I am so pleased you sent me.. what amazing photo’s.. Your Magpie slightly different in colouration than ours.. But they are around the same size… They have an amazing call.. Much better than our Magpie with their Kakkac sound .. Thank you for pointing me over there.. _/\_

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          • jacksjottings
            May 30, 2014 @ 10:17:18

            Your response was amazing, like you were in the next room.
            I knew you would appreciate and the story it was wonderful how that bird had me trained.
            He would wake me nice and early I would feed him then hop on my bike down to the beach.
            There was some men throwing boomerangs, as the beach was almost deserted at that time of day.
            I would have my play in the surf and then get my boomerang lesson.
            My aboriginal friend moved on and so had.
            That has been my life moving on from on construction job to the next.
            At unexpected times you meet again and it is like you saw them yesterday.
            Except the conversation is all catch up.
            I enjoy our blog powwows Sue it is like meeting up with old friends._/\_

            .

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              May 30, 2014 @ 19:03:31

              Jack .. That must have been one fantastic morning ritual.. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I too enjoy our pow-wows… I think people come and go in our lives for reasons… I can not remember who found whose blog, but I am so pleased I clicked ‘Follow’ _/\_

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            • jacksjottings
              May 31, 2014 @ 07:38:34

              When I hear a Magpie I think of Andy and when I see one I say G’day Andy.
              Sue, Pauline and I have bridged the distances and have become friends with lots of people with similar interests.
              It really is a community, we read not only the posts but the comments.
              I can not get the same feeling on Facebook as with blogging.
              Facebook is more for busy people that is why I started linking my posts to Facebook in the hope some, one outside the community, may pick up an idea, and run with it..
              It was a happy accident that we met and if as we came we go it will leave a fond memory as Andy went. _/\_

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