Friday, 20 May 2011

This week

We tend to have the TV on first thing in the morning and we watch Daybreak. I like to see what's on the news and find out what the weather's doing and we quite enjoy the banter of the presenters. It's fairly light hearted and often gives us a laugh which, in my book anyway, is a good way to start the day.

There tends to be an item that would appeal to children just before 8am and on Wednesday they had The Wiggles on. As soon as they started singing they had Alice's attention :).  Later that morning Claire thought she would see if there any other programmes which Alice might like to see how she'd react. The next programme coming up was Dora the Explorer so we switched over and waited for it to start. It was so funny, Alice pushed herself up to standing at the end of the couch and was glued to the TV! She waved her arms around and chuckled and fake coughed (her latest attention seeking/happy thing to do lol!) Needless to say I had to get a photo to catch her reaction to her first chidren's programme :)

 More serious once Dora had finished
 Yesterday morning when I went outside I couldn't get over how many roses had come into bloom! The scent from this rose bush is wonderful - we can smell it as we walk out the back door and I wish I could bottle the perfume!
Close up of one in bloom

 Another day or so and this one will be the same :) 
Then a final photo of Alice just before she and Claire went in to town this morning. She also got to wear the little cardigan I finished the other day, for the first time. :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend


This morning, as I went outside to take our next door neighbour's little girl a present for her first birthday, Mac was making quite a bit of noise down next to Hugh's car. When I looked over to see what he was miaowing about I could see he had a bird in his mouth! That's the only problem with this time of year, young birds who aren't very good at flying become fairly easy prey for the cats in the neighbourhood :(  Normally we wouldn't worry about Mac catching them, as he tends to be a bit slow, but today he proved he can catch them as well as his sister - who is much faster!

Anyway, back to the story.  I managed to shoo Mac away from the bird and called to Claire to grab me something to put the bird in. The only thing she could find was a milk formula box so, with the box behind it and my iPhone in front of it, I managed to ease the bird into the box. It didn't look hurt (I think Mac was still playing with it) and it soon calmed down once it was in the box. I made a couple of phone calls and it was agreed that the best thing to do was try and put it back close to where he had got it. Once Mac was fast asleep on the chair, I took the bird out to the trees at the back of our house and set the box down next to a hold in the fence. It jumped onto the lid and hopped down, slipped through the hole in the fence and fluttered into the bushes. I hope it survives now and escapes the other preditors in the area.