I haven't mentioned our 'tree rats' recently - they aren't visiting the garden quite so much now that we've installed squirrel resistant seed feeders. I'm so pleased with them. The price has gone up very slightly this year but still a bargain at £20.99 for 4 (inc P&P). Our local pet shop sells the same feeders at £8.99 each!
I can recommend these highly 4 x seed feeders
However, do make sure that the lids are firmly clipped down. The squirrels discovered that they could spring the clip on one of the feeders so David had to make a minor adjustment with the pliers to make the clip much harder to spring.
I might buy some of the protected fatball feeders next although the squirrels only take the fatballs as a last resort. I'd still need to keep some in the non-protected holders for the larger birds, the woodpeckers and blackbirds etc.
I tried to protect one of the feeders with a home made contraption - two wire hanging basket frames clipped together ... not successful but did keep us amused watching the squirrels' attempts to chew through the wires till they realised they could squeeeeeeeeeeze themselves through the larger holes in the basket:
Where there's a will, there's a way as my grandad used to say:
anyway, I made more progress on the portrait today but am now waiting for feedback from my client before I add too much more detail. I need to finish the tie and improve the hands but it took me an age today to get the fabric texture finished on the chair
Looks a bit 'grainy' here I'm afraid
A 'fellow Blogger' pointed out recently that the photos uploaded on Blogger are not reproducing well and to prove her point she showed the same photo of her work on Facebook and on Blogger and the Facebook image was vastly superior. Not sure what the problem is with Blogger and photos just now but it usually takes several attempts to post each picture - I'm using IE and have been told I'd be better off trying Chrome ... such a pain having to swap around though.
and now .... how to waste lots of time playing with Google!
Sorry if you know these tricks but I'd never come across them before.
In the Google search box
type in do a barrel roll and watch what happens
type in zerg rush and watch what happens
type in google gravity and then hit the I feel lucky button and watch what happens (you might have to click on the Google 'doodle' button to the left of the search box first).
I believe there are lots more of these tricks around but I'm sure you won't thank me for pointing them out LOL