The importance of watching birds [video]

In a busy household sometimes we seem to be just coping with life, rushing between work, school, day trips, more work…

But what is life if we don’t take time to just sit and watch?


What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

By Wm. Henry Davies.

I used to feed these house sparrows right in the corner of the garden as I’d seen them loving the bushes that provide protection there, but I wanted to have a better view of them feeding – so I began walking the feeding log across the front garden towards the back.

Although it’s been rainy this summer, there is no denying that it is summer, the humidity tells me that! Nonetheless, I’m always planning the garden for winter, the hardest time of year for many things, including me. This year I’ve planted a variegated holy, the berries will feed the birds well into the colder months (along with cotoneaster), here the holy is planted in a tractor tire as a specimen tree… it’ll be a few years before this little fella comes into its own!

varigated holy planted in tractor tire

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