I hope all’s well…
Thank you for your kind comments regarding my bird and wildlife photos. As I have said I have been interested in photography for many years and although I occasionally dabble in the odd human portrait and landscapes, it’s really wildlife that’s my main passion and during lockdown it’s been much easier getting shots of wild birds in or close to my garden. I am lucky to live near heathland and as I’ve had a few days break recently I managed, with a bit of patience and a long lens, to get this lovely shot of a heathland specialist – the Dartford Warbler.
This shy little bird is only really found in a few parts of the UK, mostly in the South and South West, so yes, I was chuffed to get such a clear picture as they dart around the gorse and pine tree saplings.
“A bird in the hand”. Last week I was looking out from our kitchen watching a couple of Coal Tits buzzing around chasing each other at great speed, when one of them suddenly misjudged their flight and careered into our bi-fold windows. Unfortunately this has happened before and it didn’t end well, so I rushed out into the rain and saw that the little fella (a tiny male) was in spasms on his back and I feared the worst! I gently picked him up and cradled him in my hands and gently massaged his tiny body in my chubby (but warm) fingers, slowly he started to open his eyes and nestle down into my hands.
It took a while but he gradually came to and started gently pecking at my hand, which was a fantastic sign – I was over the moon. I gently felt around his tiny neck and stretched out his wings, checked his legs and to my layman’s eyes he seemed OK? As he started to fidget more I decided it was safe to release him before he became too stressed. I opened my hand and he looked back at me, looked out to the feeders and flew straight to them! Result!
It’s hard to tell but I saw two or three Coal Tits on the feeders about 10 minutes later and I’m sure one of them was my little friend – you’ll see a difference between the first and last pictures.
On Saturday it’s Jewellery Day! We’ve got a beautiful Double Strand Heart Necklace from the wonderful brand of Lola Rose as our Today’s Special Value – in fact it’s available to order online right now, just click on this link.
If you’re new to this exciting, colourful collection, Nikki Gewirtz MBE has an amazing ability to select stunning combinations of wonderfully coloured semi-precious stones to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The finish of the stones is exceptional and it’s no surprise that Lola Rose in one of our most popular jewellery brands at The Q.
I’ll be with lovely Anna Green, founder Nikki’s right-hand gal, at 2pm. Then I’ll be following on with an hour of the stunning Tova Diamonique Collection and then at 5pm we have an hour of gorgeous Premier Tanzanite with jewellery expert Kieran Glen. It’s a wonderful day with new designs and favourites set at prices for everyone and every occasion, and of course backed by our generous 60-day money back guarantee.
I hope you can join me at some point in the day and as always, look forward to your company!
Andi Peters and I return on the 25th March for a two hour Andi Peters’ Food Fest – I can’t promise another sea shanty but I can promise fine food and fun!
Until next time… stay alert and sparkling!