Category Archives: Pandering to Poodles

The case of the disappearing Norwegian Spruce cones…

A Sunday ramble in Gloucestershire

Worcester Lodge, Badminton through trees

Last weekend I hopped out of the car on the way over to Westonbirt to take a shot of the Badminton back door for you.  Seen first through the trees, it makes a serious statement of wealth and power as you sweep round the corner on the A433 through the Cotswolds heading into the heart of hunting country towards Tetbury. Continue reading

Feed the birds, tuppence a cake

These silicone moulds are pretty good for making your own bird cake.

Melt fat and pour over a mixture of the things your local birds like eating. Mine have sunflower seeds and hearts, niger seed for the goldfinches, chopped peanuts, and an assortment of seeds and bits and pieces. Fill your silicon mould up. Leave in a cold place. Outside the back door in our case. They froze so fast they have got this cute snowflake edge!

Pop the cakes out and serve on your raised veg bed, or punch a hole through and string them up somewhere and keep putting out water, the birds will really appreciate it.

The dog food company where we order the dried dog food decided to send Zeb a free advent calendar. This is a new one on me!  He of course, thinks it is a great idea! What will the pet food industry think of next?


On the first day of Christmas there was tripe for me!