Over the weekend we spotted a grey squirrel in the garden. Seen on occasions tentative, followed by a quick leap towards something, followed by a run around everywhere this squirrel was not dissimilar to how I’ve been.
Before I give a brief update there, I’d first like to extend huge thanks again to everyone who left comments on my last post celebrating four years of blogging. It was unexpected to get comments from new visitors too. That was a surprise 🙂
So why am I like a squirrel just now? Lol, no… I’m not storing stuff. However, I am jumping and running around exploring somewhere new. As mentioned in Blogaversary comments, last Friday was also an exciting day for the PC that I have blogged on for my whole blog life. It was getting a serious upgrade.
When asked for a graphic description of what was happening to it, my husband compared it to a human operation where only an arm was left. He was the surgeon during this very delicate operation and after my PC came back to life… yes, you’ve guessed right… there have been a few complications.
No worries, my PC surgeon is keeping up with all the symptoms for the moment… even though each day I’m bringing a few more. I am absolutely, going to post on all of this as there has to be many others having these problems too… without a wonderful surgeon for aftercare 😀
Suffice to say the photo above really does tell all at the moment. The window reflection represents getting used new operating systems and applications on my PC. There’s been more to that than I expected. Today, I sent my first email!
The cable ties on the arch represents the quick fix stage when more time is required to learn something when there are so many options and settings.
The missing arch support bar represents stepping into something new only to leave some parts behind. As my faster PC can handle newer versions of software, I am leaving the old and familiar. It’s a tad scary. Oh yes… I’ll get that bar repaired 😉
At the moment I am using trial versions of photo and video editing software to see what I am comfortable with. I’ll go in to details another time but this steep learning curve is quite time consuming. No video and the photo above tells you progress is slow. Sorry, I haven’t been blog browsing as quickly as I hoped 🙂
The photo above also shows my garden is succumbing to the season with plants dying down for the year. I need to get out and do some ‘real’ garden work done before we get the very cold temps and the soil is too hard. My garden shed needs a serious winter sort/re-org too. Me thinks… I’m doing way too much talking and not nearly enough walking 😉
Finally, moving down to the left hand corner in the photo above and we return to a previous story. The caged bird feeder represents not all my feeders are back up. Sadly, I saw the return of the finch disease Trichomonosis the day after my clean feeders went up after a break of 3 weeks.
Considering again what Chris Packham and others have said, and knowing full well that my newly put up feeders didn’t cause this disease in not one but three finches that arrived in my garden, I have tried a different approach.
This time, I only removed the feeders that I saw the three, very puffed up starving to death, finches visit. I cleaned the other bird feeders, moved some around and kept feeding the birds albeit with less food sources.
Time will tell what happens here, but the bottom line is that if other feeders in my area are not kept clean and have so many diseased birds visiting them and then people (like me) take all clean feeders down, this disease could spread further and further.
As with many diseases, I’m sure new thinking will continue to emerge.
I will continue to consider all options with this disease so that birds may be saved from it. I will never, not feel the pang of sadness when I see birds dying (or dead) in my garden.
On a brighter note, I’m also going to consider all options with software and hardware on my PC and look forward to sharing the good and bad stuff that I discover there and in turn in my garden and out and about.
Please bear with me… Year 5 has me at school again 😉
Just quickly, before I go back to my studies… so far my Waxwing feeding station has not enticed Waxwings in to my garden. However, Blackbirds, Blue tits and Goldfinches have been seen enjoying the apples. I think I might keep this up as a winter feeding station. Blackcaps have enjoyed apples in my garden before and just maybe Fieldfares may be attracted to this Acer, come apple tree, when they pass our way 😀
The photo shown above was taken in my garden on November 21st 2010.