Making #Pigeons Pests Or Pals

We great danes, Stellar and Venus, see big birds fly over us. They drink from the noisy water thingy. It’s wrong. It’s not their garden. The birds don’t care. They go coo coo, coo coo.

Only a small bird drinks from the fountain for now.

Only a small bird drinks from the fountain for now.


Me-I like the soothing sound of pigeons. The grey and white birds visit us from their owner’s shed. Every year a couple make a nest in one of our pine trees and raise one fledgling. Too many can be a nuisance. That’s when I spray WD40 on the balcony. They don’t like the fish smell and keep away.

Ways To Keep Your #Neighbours Happy

We great danes, Stellar and Venus, love people. When the door thingy rings and the door opens, we run along for pats. We push our bodies against our visitors to protect them.
We bark at most things: things with two wheels that go zzzzzz, things with four wheels that go wheeeee wheeeee, little humans crying wah wah and big humans shouting in their gardens. He and she say, “No barking Stellar.”

Can you see the man in the tree?

Can you see the man in the tree?


I have have been barking today. New humans came. They carried long shiny thingys and put them on trees in the garden. They made saw saw sounds with their arms. He and she put us in our crates. We don’t mind as it’s comfy. When we came out the trees were smaller. I saw more big sky over me. The garden was shiny.
Rather him than me

Rather him than me


They said the humans next door would be happy. We still keep barking. I’m sure the humans next door like our barking too.
Quiet for a while

Quiet for a while

Ways To #Interact With Your Child

I’m told that for a large company to develop a successful child’s film, initially, much market research is done. Groups of the general public comment on a succession of story lines and make suggestions until the plot is honed. It works.

Dressed up in a library as a character from a children's film

Dressed up in a library as a character from a children’s film


Merchandise linked to the story is abundant. With the child, you can read the accompanying books at home. Inside these colour coordinated books, perhaps there are flaps to lift or a magic wand which whooshes. In another book a button is pressed to summon the familiar music from the film. You might clap, sing or listen with the child. Plays and parties with the story theme are fun. Children can wear variations of the clothes worn by the characters of the film. Those children are happy and feel secure.
A play of the film at a children's play centre

A play of the film at a children’s play centre

Try The Newcastle #Curry Train

If you love Indian food and visit Newcastle, UK, try this fun evening.

A warm welcome to the train

A warm welcome to the train


On the platform at Newcastle railway station, you meet your host who is dressed in Indian costume. Having guided you to your train he brings you a pre-dinner drink. In spring and summer the view from the train of Newcastle and the countryside is interesting.
The restaurant is converted from the former railway station.

The restaurant is converted from the former railway station.


After arrival at the destination about thirty minutes away, you use the bridge to cross over the railway line. This is followed by another optional pre-dinner drink. You enjoy this in the cosy lounge of the attractive Indian restaurant which is the converted former railway station building. Having ordered your four course dinner from the menu as you sat on the train, you do not have to wait long to be led to your comfortable table. You can enjoy the dinner swiftly and return on the next train or take your time and return on the later train.
Here comes the train home.

Here comes the train home.


After a delicious dinner you leave through another door to the adjacent platform where your train soon approaches to return you to Newcastle.

Simple Grapefruit And Orange #Marmalade

It’s marmalade time again. Those tart juicy oranges and the large yellow grapefruit festoon our fruit trees asking to be picked. I chop and simmer them until soft adding the pips in a muslin bag.

Quick chopping

Quick chopping


I pour in light brown sugar to taste-just enough to remove the bitterness. Cool and blend the mixture to your own preference.
The fruit cooks quickly

The fruit cooks quickly


Instead of bottling the mixture, I divide it among plastic bags and freeze it. When needed, I thaw a bag of orange and grapefruit marmalade and empty it into a small Kilner jar. Mmm-health in a jar!

#Springtime Suggestions for UK Garden Flowers

Spring is my favourite season. In woodland, I love the assortment of successive bulbs in bloom. From white snowdrops, then yellow aconites followed by bluebells and small maroon or white anemones. The yellows and whites of tall narcissi look natural spread across grassy areas.

A grassy bank filled with narcissi

A grassy bank filled with narcissi


In window boxes or flower beds, various colours of primula, including white, blue, yellow, pink, maroon, red and the original pale lemon are attractive. Crocuses in white, yellow and purple, blue grape hyacinths and tiny blue scilla add more colour. Stocky hyacinths in shades of white, blue, pink and lemon add height to a window box.
Colourful primulas

Colourful primulas


The tree blosson is from sharp pale white, delicate pale pink to arresting bright pink. Finally tall irises add their dusky whites, maroons, blues and purples while tulips and fritillaria bring their bold colours of white, red, nearly black, yellow, pink and orange with some two tone colours.
Delicate Prunus blossom

Delicate Prunus blossom

elegant white and green, pretty pink and blue, hot orange and red plus striking yellow and purple. However mixing up the colours is just as gorgeous.

Do You Think I’m #Sexy?

I’m Venus, a great Dane and I’m happy when I smell my food in our bowls-those green fingery things, yellow round things with little blobs inside, juicy round thingys with small blobs inside, long green leafy sticks, long browny yellow squashy things and long hard orange wrinkly things. She chops them every day. I want to lick the white yogurty stuff. She drops a long white blob and a small round orange blob on to the food. She says they make our long legs and hair good. Next, some biscuity bits or raw chicken licken bones. They rub those things in my mouth clean.

I’m happy when I drink water from our bowls. I like the clean cold water he pours in each day.

I’m happy when he takes me out. I can smell lots of moving things and leafy things. I hear zoomy things and see big boxy things. I like the tall trees.

I’m happy when my sister and I run after a cat. Our tails are high and we bark and wag our tails fast.

8th birthday of Stellar and Venus

8th birthday of Stellar and Venus

I’m happy after she takes us in the tall box with her. She sprays water on us. Mmm it’s warm. She rubs bubbles on us. They smell funny. My sister, Stellar licks them off her hair.

I’m happy in our day and night beds. They’re snugly. I feel safe in my night time crate. When she washes the beds, they smell soapy, like the tall box.

This week we sister great danes, Stellar and Venus, are eight years old. She says we can live more than 8-10 years.

DO YOU THINK WE’RE (STILL) SEXY?

Hey, look at our curves. Are we still sexy?

Hey, look at our curves. Are we still sexy?