Tangerine Bird Treats, More Raindrops and Elf Coats – and My Staircase of Books

08 Jan

1   Inspired by something I read on a blog this morning I got some half-dead fruit out of the compost and made these bird food treats to hang on our Christmas tree – which will be ‘planted’ outside as soon as it stops raining! I also made a pastry bird-seed cake in the hope  of both nourishing the birds and luring them closer to my camera!

Fruity bird treats

Fruity bird treats

Pastry bird-cake

Pastry bird-cake

2    I do love macro raindrops on this tiny moss.

Raindrops on moss

Raindrops on moss

3    These Avalon Elf Coats are the most beautiful bits of clothing I’ve ever come across!

Beautiful Avalon Elf Coats

Beautiful Avalon Elf Coats

4    And, at last, I have my book list for the staircase of books (but as my big brother said, it could be a different list tomorrow!)  I agree with Valerie that really I need the staircase in a lighthouse!

‘Under Milk Wood’  Dylan Thomas

Poems of Pablo Neruda

‘Othello’ Shakespeare (How can I choose just one play? Perhaps I should have ‘The Complete Works’ )

‘The Book Thief’  Marcus Zusak

‘Far From The Madding Crowd’  Thomas Hardy

‘Jeremy Visick’  David Wiseman  (my Dad!)

‘Kes’  Barry Hines

‘Sophie’s Choice’  William Stryron

‘Winnie-the-Pooh’  A A Milne

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’  Harper Lee

‘Rebecca’  Daphne Du Maurier

Do let me know what your choices would be and thank you to those who already have.

And to all my Australian readers – I hope you and yours are safe as we hear the news of the terrible fires sweeping across your country.


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27 responses to “Tangerine Bird Treats, More Raindrops and Elf Coats – and My Staircase of Books

  1. elizabeth2560

    April 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I love your staircase book-list. A few of those are on my list too, although I am more of a non-fiction reader, although I do enjoy historical novels. My biggest list would be biographies. i love reading the life stories of inspirational and influential and sometimes ordinary people.

  2. Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

    January 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    LOVE the bird cake and all of the photos……..Karen

  3. tartanpants

    January 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Aaaah every time I see one of your fantastic pictures it inspires me to improve on my photo-taking errrrrm skills! The raindrops picture is just stunning. Note to self: look into photography technique tips online! The bird feed idea is brilliant, must look into that.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you. Now and then a photo comes along almost by magic! 🙂

      The tangerine skins are stuffed with lard which has bird seed beaten into it. Then I popped them into the fridge to harden up and today I have hung them onto the old Christmas tree which kept its needles. As soon as I catch a bird on there with my camera, I’ll post it up. Wish me luck! 🙂

      • tartanpants

        January 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

        Great, I look forward to seeing the photo!

  4. on thehomefrontandbeyond

    January 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Love your choices for your booksteps and your other three things too – love the raindrops–I am going to have to come up with a list I would like for my steps–my husband loves the idea too

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Glad you like the idea. So do we but wonder how easy/difficult it might be to actually paint the spines onto the stairs? 🙂

  5. flowerpot

    January 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I’d go with all those books though I love Frenchmans Creek – that’s my favourite D du M book I think. Oh, and The Kings General. Oh, and ……!xxx

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      It’s too hard to choose isn’t it? Already I want to add some more……. 🙂

  6. Promenade Claire

    January 9, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I know I wouldn’t include anything by Hardy, still in recovery from studying him for my A levels 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      What a shame! several of my choices are works that I used in teaching. I hope my ex-pupils don’t feel like you do! 🙂

  7. Kathleen Richardson

    January 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Yep, drops of water is my favorite too!

  8. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    January 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

    loved the idea of making a seed cake for the birds…Probably would be gone in one day around here…

  9. elizz

    January 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    love the macro shot of the moss! the bird treats and cake looks good..did you made it? i’m interested to know how it’s done.

  10. djdfr

    January 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I very much like the moss photo.

  11. Our Growing Paynes

    January 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    The moss picture is amazing. Well done capturing that!

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thank you – I was pleased with the result. 🙂

  12. El Guapo

    January 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Holy cats! The moss picture is incredible.
    Did you take that?

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      I did! Thank you for your awe! Almost every photo in my blog is taken by me and on the day it is posted.

      I came across to you from Alex and am very pleased that I did (she did ask me not to let on…..) 🙂

      • El Guapo

        January 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

        I saw your note about the pictures on your about page.
        that pic is tunning!
        Looking forward to poking around.
        (Your secret is safe with me! 😉 )

        • mybeautfulthings

          January 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

          Thank you!! 🙂

          • Alex Autin

            January 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

            Secret….what secret….hmmmm…

            As reluctant as I am to agree with Guapo, Wow!, the Raindrops on Moss photo is amazing!

            I also enjoyed your list of Stair-Books, a couple I’ve now added to my reading list!


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