Brambling, Piano Lesson and A Crocus in the Grass

23 Feb

1    Our first Brambling visited this morning and was feeding for quite a long time. I had to take the photos from inside the kitchen at about 3 meters away so they aren’t the best shots. Isn’t he a handsome bird?

Corn Bunting visiting

Our first Corn Bunting

Our first Brambling

2    I moved on to my first Grade 2 piece this morning. It both looks and feels hard to play! However, G, my teachers was full of praise for the progress I’ve made recently so I’m hoping that, with lots of practice, the piece will start to look less frightening!

3     While working in the garden today, the lovely Mr S spotted a tiny purple crocus in the lawn. It’s a serendipitous mystery to us as we haven’t planted it there.

Spot the tiny fragile crocus

Spot the tiny fragile crocus


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12 responses to “Brambling, Piano Lesson and A Crocus in the Grass

  1. Words We Women Write

    February 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Three infusions of joy ~ life is good! Guess I’ll have to visit Cornwall to catch a glimpse of that sweet Brambling. Keep your eyes on the trees, an egg filled nest is in the offing! Toni

  2. Our Growing Paynes

    February 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    That is a beautiful bird! I hope to see crocuses in a few weeks. Can’t wait. 🙂

  3. greenbenchramblings

    February 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Glad you have a brambling – we haven’t had one in our garden for a decade or so. Wish they would come back!

  4. El Guapo

    February 24, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Do you have problems with squirrels getting to the feed?

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Squirrels and pigeons – hence the upturned basket that allows the little birds in but keeps out the greedy hoovering pigeons!

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    February 24, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Your Brambling is too sweet my friend 😀


  6. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    February 23, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Never heard of a Brambling…maybe we have them…but, never heard the name…

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

      We had never seen one before and were delighted to see it yesterday. 🙂

  7. John Roberts

    February 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Sally.
    Lovely bird pics, but I am pretty sure we are looking at a Brambling here.X

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 23, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      You are absolutely right! don’t know what I was thinking of! Will edit it right now. Thank you xx

  8. Shelagh

    February 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    That looks like my Snow Crocus that comes up before the snow has gone. Bigger ones wait till the ground warms up a bit.
    Handsome bird that. SS.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Haven’t heard of Snow Crocus. It’s gone already! Are they very short-lived? 🙂


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