Here I am: May I smile

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Here I am, at the end week of May. It’s been a good month on the whole. I’ve woken up each day with a smile.

Not that its been all plain sailing. My husband is off at one of those family events today, where they either say “Haven’t you grown” or “It’s a shame we don’t meet up on happy occasions too.”

Mary Rose David AustinI’ve made good progress in the garden. Most seedlings are in the right place. I’m waging war on the weeds. The jury’s still out on which of us is winning, but I’m hopeful. The garden is showing lots of promise, which just makes me smile.

We try to attract the wildlife. Gradually more and more native trees are being planted and wild areas are becoming more diverse. It is working.mountain ash flowers

We have a colony of about 80 pipistrelle bats that each May/June use our roof space as a maternity roost. It really is quite a sight. Each morning, I wake to their return. At the moment it is about 4:30am. Lots of social chit-chat. Sometimes I drag myself outside to watch them. Fortunately, I’m the only one who they wake up.

This morning, I watched a group of birds dive bombing a weasel who was raiding a nest of mice under our garden path. It never ceases to amaze me how all the creatures band together to see a predator off. To no avail this time. He/She made several visits. Each time successful. There are no supermarkets in the wild.

wool for the birdsOut of my son’s bedroom window, he can watch the sparrows making their nests in our neighbour’s roof. There is one above my son’s bedroom too. They’re very noisy especially at dusk, when he goes to bed. At first, it annoyed him. Then I suggested that he thought of the noise as their version of a lullaby. It worked. He learnt to fall asleep listening to their chirps.

In return he’s been helping the sparrows by putting the dogs’ fur in the fig tree, after we brush them. I’ve given him my left over fleece from felting. The birds reward him, by collecting it every morning and taking it up to the roofs. I can’t think of a more wonderful way to connect with nature. (Although I can’t help thinking it’s a very inefficient way to insulate our roof!) Still, it does bring a smile.

magical encounterThere have also been more encounters with nature, which have been truly magical. I’ll share more photos of this one soon.

recycled blue potting shedMy new recycled potting shed, makes me smile every time I look out into the garden. I love how the hawthorn behind it, seems to have accepted it and started to frame the shed. The May blossom is a perfect contrast to the blue and green.

perfect buttonsMay has been a good month to kickstart my summer sewing. I love all the summery prints. I found the perfect buttons for my daughter’s new top with its retro print.

fabric dryingNext fabric is drying on the line, as I write. I like to preshrink it before I start cutting out. It’s been a good month for drying washing on the line, in general, which always gives me that happy feeling.

So much to be grateful for. I’ll be sorry to see May go, with all its promise and vibrant green growth. I hope June brings just as much to smile at. A good word for the month, let alone week.

9 thoughts on “Here I am: May I smile

  • Friday 27 May, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    The bats sound absolutely amazing, what a wonderful sight that must be. Those buttons are so cute and that fabric looks great, too, happy sewing! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  • Friday 27 May, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, there’s so much in your post and some amazing photos. I’ve only seen bats in the Caribbean and they’re amazing creatures. You’re luck to have yours
    Great post!

  • Saturday 28 May, 2016 at 2:48 am

    We used to have three Washington hawthornes. My brother had them removed – he couldn’t stand the needles when he mowed the lawn. All those bats must be quite a thing to see!

  • Saturday 28 May, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Hi Cheryl, watching those bats must be amazing! We only see the odd one flying here, although in the winter we did find a colony of hibernating bats in one of the caves we explored. We comb the dogs outside (either in the garden or on a walk) so that the birds can use the fur for nests too. Natures way of recycling!

    We have swallows nesting right outside our bedroom window and their chirping is a comforting, happy sound and I look forward to their return every year.

    I hope June is a happy smiley month for you too.


  • Saturday 28 May, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Sounds like May has been a lovely month and I love the photos from your garden. Glad to hear that the birds are making good use of the dog fur and leftover fleece. That fabric is lovely and I love the buttons too 🙂

  • Saturday 28 May, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    May blossoms against a beautifully painted shed, a child helping the birds who sing him lullabies to make their nests. A battle of good versus hungry and a chorus of chirpy bats. How very fantastical you make it all sound. There’s even a set of buttons that match that fabric so perfectly, I can’t wait to see it become your daughter’s top. Thank you for your promising May.

    Let’s hope June does deliver, especially as I have a UK holiday one week in June. Cross fingers!

  • Monday 30 May, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I imagine that crafting and gardening are very therapeutic for you. I love that you were able to change the mindset of your son and now they think of lullabies now when they hear that bird song. #WotW

  • Monday 30 May, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Such a beautiful post, I love your images, as well as your words. I found it all very beautiful and calming.


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