Oh dear ... how to waste an hour at the computer! I love this video clip - but at the end of the clip there's an option to 'mashup your own pony' and that was fatal .... check out the Bollywood version :-)
Then the birds are at it again ... distracting me. I needed to top up all the feeders this morning. As soon as I'd finished the garden was a mass of activity...
The Great Tits carry sunflower seeds to a handy branch then hold them in their claws whilst pecking to get at the centres. The lawn under the seed feeders is absolutely littered with discarded shells ... hopefully it makes good compost anyway!
and I learned something new today ....
I'd always thought that only male Robins (our English variety) have red breasts. I believed that females were less gaudy .... like our house sparrows where the males have black bibs and the females are plain. So I've been curious about a pair of robins sharing garden space recently and even helping each other at the fatballs feeders - one hanging precariously on the feeder and dropping bits to the floor which the other robin picked up. Robins are known to be fiercely territorial and will fight to the death over their 'patch' so I couldn't figure why these two were rubbing along so well together.
I finally got round to Googling it this morning (as you do) and found that male and female robins are very similar, almost identical in appearance in fact. So this must be a breeding pair visiting the garden every day. They'll split up again once the little ones leave home I understand but for the short breeding season they'll put up with each other's company.
not the best shot of them but they're very active little things
David and I spent yesterday afternoon manning the Made in Whitstable art exhibition. Lots of visitors showing great interest but only 2 original pictures sold (not mine) and lots of prints. I've sold several prints but looks as though the pictures will be coming home again on Tuesday evening. Never mind, most of my business cards have gone and I know that this leads to future commissions so its never wasted time/energy.
I have a meeting this afternoon so just a couple of hours to do a little more on the dog pastel - just going to extend the body fur a little more so he's not a 'floating head'. Fellow blogger Peter Barker has told me off for 'truncating' earlier pet portraits and I've taken his words of wisdom to heart .. thanks Peter!
Hope to have another update later