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Birds to look out for in your garden part 4

Beech Tree with nesting boxes

We’ve recently moved to a house with a beautiful old weeping beech tree, complete with two nesting boxes

I really hope we get some little nesters that we can watch flitting in and out of their home.

The boxes are only small, so I assume we may get Blue Tits or something similarly small nesting. It would be wonderful to see Wrens.

Apparently in a nest box in Norfolk 61 wrens were seen entering a box measuring just 5 inches wide!

The Wren

The Wren

The cock wren is a little bird with a big personality and a phenomenally powerful voice. The contrast between his tiny body and the enormous volume of sound he emits when singing his shrill lyrics is stupendous. His wings and tail vibrate with the effort and excitement.

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For more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season.

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Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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Emma Snow

Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

3 Bank Holiday Breakfasts to Eat Outdoors

Now that we are able to socialise outdoors, seize the opportunity to invite friends or family over to your garden for brunch.

As the evenings are still pretty chilly, make the most of the morning sunshine (hopefully!) with a delicious late breakfast.

Scrub the garden furniture, lay on a pretty cloth and some beautiful china; definitely your best teapot or coffee pot – dependent on your preference – and dine on the terrace.

I’ve chosen three delicious breakfast recipes from A Zest for Life cookbook, which has a chapter dedicated to ‘bountiful breakfasts’.

These recipes are packed full of good-stuff to set you up for the day. Serve with some freshly squeezed orange juice and a pot of your favourite tea or coffee.

Enjoy Bank Holiday Monday, an extra lie in is always welcome.

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Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

5 Benefits of a Reusable Dairy Diary Shopping Bag!

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There are lots of benefits to using a reusable shopping bag, so we have listed a few of them below if you need an excuse to treat yourself!

  1. Protects our planet

Did you know it takes 500 years for a plastic carrier bag to degrade? Before the plastic bag tax was implemented, on average each person used 13,000 plastic carrier bags in a lifetime. That’s a LOT of plastic ending up in landfill and in our waters which poses a great risk to wildlife.

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Cotton totes can carry more weight than the typical plastic carrier bag. And are far less likely to split, spilling the contents all over the floor! The handles have an ergonomic design too, which means they are much easier and more comfortable to carry.

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Emma Snow

Emma Snow

I am the Brand Executive for Dairy Diary. A passionate foodie (with a very sweet-tooth). Who likes to blog about all things DIY & scrumptious recipes.

Birds to look out for in your garden part 3

The Yellowhammer

A recent woodland wander listening to birdsong, found me wishing for a greater knowledge of the different calls birds make

Apart from a wood pidgeon’s distinctive sound, the only birdsong I can recognise is that of the yellowhammer; having listened from a young age to the ‘a-little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheeeese’ sound on numerous family walks.

In spring and summer, country lanes ring to the sound of the male yellowhammer singing his shrill little song over and over again from the hedge-tops.

The Yellowhammer singing

The Yellowhammer

Yellowhammers live in open country, mostly on farmland growing cereal crops and oil-seed rape, but also on pastures and meadows, heathland and commons.

They always need some hedgerows and gorse or scrub nearby to provide elevated song posts and nest sites.


FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDS

For more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season.

Available now for just £8.99


Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

5 Ways to Celebrate World Book Night

When is World Book Night

Does anyone remember Why Don’t You?


A BBC series that ran from 1973 to 1995. Their catchphrase was “Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead”. 

Which was a little ironic given that it was itself a television show! However, the sentiment was well-intentioned and gave us children a nudge to change out of our pjs and play.

This Friday why not switch off your tv and do something else?
It’s World Book Night – the perfect excuse to immerse yourself in literature.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate…


1 Read an exciting new novel
Buy from your local bookshop or borrow from your library. Open again now – yay!


2 Listen to an audiobook
Did you know that you can loan audiobooks from your local library? (They loan e-books too.) Find your library online services via your local council website.


3 Gain culinary inspiration
Gather together all your cookery books and make a list of new recipes to try. We have plenty of new cookbooks to choose from here.


4 Broaden your mind – browse non-fiction
This may be an appreciation of beautiful artwork, marvelling at the wonders of the universe, discovering historical facts, or planning new planting for your garden. Whatever your book collection may be – enjoy it.


5 Create your own book
Put together a collection of your own musings and sketches, your favourite recipes, or make a photo book online featuring some of your favourite pics.


Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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