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@Lori posted:

That's so cool! How'd you make that??

By cutting tapered strips of junk mail leaflets, wrapping them around a cocktail stick, glazing with a clear glue, once dry slide off the stick and thread a thin elastic through the hole, adding beads or other decorative detail, salvaged from broken pieces of jewellery acquired ....Real easy to do...
I used to make them, then sell them for Β£2.00 in the pop up charity shop.......all proceeds from the shop went towards giving the local dementia group days out & to the foodbank next door to where we were.

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

By cutting tapered strips of junk mail leaflets, wrapping them around a cocktail stick, glazing with a clear glue, once dry slide off the stick and thread a thin elastic through the hole, adding beads or other decorative detail, salvaged from broken pieces of jewellery acquired ....Real easy to do...
I used to make them, then sell them for Β£2.00 in the pop up charity shop.......all proceeds from the shop went towards giving the local dementia group days out & to the foodbank next door to where we were.

Wow ....I’m impressed ...said by someone who has no practical skills whatsoever

Baz
@Baz posted:

Awwww I’ve had bees nesting in my bird box a couple of times recently .

He was on our balcony....I know they run out of puff and need to rest...a little sugar rush helped him on his way

Bet your birds were a bit put out by the invasion
I have a massive Lilac tree in Bulgaria which is home to a swarm....is lovely to sit on the back step and listen to the hum...watch them busying themselves around the garden

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

He was on our balcony....I know they run out of puff and need to rest...a little sugar rush helped him on his way

Bet your birds were a bit put out by the invasion
I have a massive Lilac tree in Bulgaria which is home to a swarm....is lovely to sit on the back step and listen to the hum...watch them busying themselves around the garden

Awwww Yes , birds were put out ....we usually had blue tits in there ......but my lovely forum FMs brought me three more bird boxes for  my birthday last year , so I’m hoping I now have enough for everyone ! I’ve just been out in the garden doing some pruning ....aka chopping plants about ...and I saw a bumble bee and a butterfly ....so summer is coming .

Baz
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@Baz posted:

Awwww Yes , birds were put out ....we usually had blue tits in there ......so my lovely forum FMs brought me three more bird boxes for  my birthday last year , so I’m hoping I now have enough for everyone ! I’ve just been out in the garden doing some pruning ....aka chopping plants about ...and I saw a bumble bee and a butterfly ....so summer is coming .

Yayy I like the sound of that ....the hotter the better!

We have a very mature Hawthorn in our front garden which houses fat balls etc & the odd bird rest, for the small birds....also have a couple of palm trees....when the leaves drop but don't fall off...the smaller birds like to use them to have a good scratch

slimfern
@slimfern posted:

A bit of our front garden....It' needs it's annual spring tidy....the bind weed from next door's garden is a pain in the proverbial
To the left is the hawthorn....right is a palm that I planted in 1993 ...it has shots growing out from the base...there's another palm a bit further over

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Awwww ....I bet it’s nice sitting on the bench during the sunny weather .

Baz