Snow is a  relatively rare occurrence here in West Sussex and we have about 3 inches at the moment but I know this will not impress those of you who live in countries where there is “proper” snowfall. In a news item on the radio about the cancellation of flights at Heathrow airport yesterday, I heard a Canadian say: “I don’t know what the problem is. This is just like a lovely spring day where I live in Canada.”


Today we have enjoyed watching some intrepid goldfinches feeding on the seeds left on our teasel heads. Although our garden is small, I like to grow teasels to give some structure to the garden, especially in the winter. As added bonuses, the flowers attract bees and butterflies and the seed heads provide interest in the autumn and winter and food for goldfinches.






5 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    Your garden looks lovely covered in snow… but the goldfinches are just superb. Thanks for growing them food. From the height of Australian summer… Mary

  2. Cedar
    Cedar says:

    Goldfinches!!! They nest here but leave in mid august, you are lucky..but we do have two anna’s hummingbirds at our feeder for the first time…makes winter more bearable :))))

  3. Louisa
    Louisa says:

    Here on Canada’s west coast we react to snow the same way as you do in the UK. We are wimps! And we have Anna’s here this winter too, Cedar. So cool. But no goldfinches sadly.

    Glad to see you back, Jenny! Thanks to Neki for helping me find you again. (Could you have a wee chat with your Colin? Your RSS feed seems to be broken so you don’t show up in my feed reader.)

  4. Maggie Stearn
    Maggie Stearn says:

    Hi there,
    It’s good to hear from you again. I hope all is well. Our christmas present to each other was a bird feeder and we have enjoyed a variety of birds but the goldfinches haven’t visited yet this year despite nigra seeds especially for them. Patience!
    I am interested in the new natural dye extracts, Do you think that they could be used as ‘rainbow dyes’ on skeins of mordanted yarn to produce variegated skeins and self striping yarn, just as I do with acid dyes?

    • says:

      I don’t see why the liquid extracts couldn’t be used as you suggest but some experiments would be necessary to try them out. I’m sure they could be painted on once diluted. Perhaps you could ask Debbie at DTCrafts if she has more information? There’s a link to DTCrafts on my blog.

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