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Cafe / Re: Amorous pigeons!
« Last post by oldtone27 on Today at 01:20 PM »
I have couple of clumsy pigeons that visit my garden too. They make a lot of noise as they fly though the nearby trees as they seem to collide with branches regularly. Haven't noticed them falling their perches though.

The squirrels which inhabit a large oak at the bottom of my garden seem to be continuously active all year round. I've given up feeding birds because regardless of feeder types the squirrels scoff the lot. they are however a constant source of amusement.

I just wish they would stop digging up any plants in patio pots. Mesh covers are a nuisance, unattractive and not completely successful.

Only occasional passing foxes (which are vocal at this time of year) and no dogs to annoy.

I agree that I see many fewer starlings than I remember as a kid. Just occasional visits usually with young a bit later in the year.

One frequent visitor is a greater spotted woodpecker which can be frequently heard as well as seem at this time of year. Setting up territory I think.
Cafe / Amorous pigeons!
« Last post by ditchdwellers on Today at 12:53 PM »
Over the weekend, I noticed the pigeons in the garden getting very frisky!  We have a pair of them, that together with the two fat squirrels, empty all three of my feeders with sunflower hearts in as quickly as we we can fill them up!
The pigeons make me laugh. They're so clumsy and often fall off the branch their balancing on. I took their amorous behaviour as the first sign of spring and have noticed the afternoons staying light for longer, so that gives me something to look forward to.

I get a lot of joy watching the birds and other wildlife in the garden. I also get various members of the tit family, sparrows, goldfinches (I have a niger seed feeder), a pair of black birds, a robin, magpies, and more. But no starlings. When I was a kid, starlings were everywhere and now it's really patchy.
We also have a fox family living at the end of the garden and they are great fun. They drive the dog crazy and I'm sure they deliberately taunt him! And they can be very vocal at night.
Talk / Re: Motability
« Last post by JLR2 on 17 Jan 2021 03:31PM »
It was a minor hitch Sunshine, thanks for the advice though on what to do if the same thing happens again.

I'm still fairly sure there will be more than a few bargains to be found on many car dealership forecourts because of the government's stated intention to do away with petrol/diesel cars in the not too distant future.
Talk / Re: Motability
« Last post by Sunshine Meadows on 17 Jan 2021 02:56PM »
If you are doing low annual mileage I think buying a good second hand car is the way to go. It varies from person to person but for me this has usually meant that I get a bank loan that I can afford and use that to buy a car about four or five years old. The loan runs for three or four years and then after that it is like having a free car except for running cost and repairs. Buying used cars privately always seemed a bit of a minefield to me, maybe because the only time I did it my fingers got burned.

I hope whatever you decided to do goes well for you.


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Talk / Re: Motability
« Last post by JLR2 on 17 Jan 2021 11:35AM »
Hello DD, I'm not sure why my first posting was cut short but anyway, I hope you might still hear from the seller you found, the only thought though that crosses my mind is were the seller to be telling you the car is still available might that be because the first viewer found fault?  There could be all sorts of reasons so I'd just pay that bit more attention to any examination of it. I many years before my accident bought a car off the driveway of the seller, I got into the driver seat, it was a Mk5 Cortina estate, turned over the engine and pretty much that was it car sold. Later the same day when my then wife and I were leaving the shop we ran and she went to open her door it near dropped into the street. The door was only hanging on by the bottom hinge bracket. We managed to get that repaired but the lesson was learnt.

My sister's partner, I was explaining in my earlier posting, had a couple of mobility cars removed from his use following repeated personal independence assessments. He'd go through the assessment appeal the result and have the car returned only to have to go through the whole thing again within a few months so having my car outwith the mobility scheme is something that sees me so much more relaxed about my next assessment as I know the car will not be taken from me.

Talk / Art House Unlimited
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 17 Jan 2021 11:30AM »
I just read about about Art House Unlimited in The Guardian and I am really impressed with the organisation.

They support artists with disabilities and the range of products they produce is amazing. The artwork is stunning and if you are looking for gifts for people, this is a site that looks worth exploring. I'm going to follow them and keep in touch with their activities. I plan to buy some chocolate from them (for myself of course)!
Talk / Re: Motability
« Last post by ditchdwellers on 17 Jan 2021 11:20AM »
Thanks JLR. I've seen this great car and emailed the seller only to find that someone else had booked a test drive for Tuesday. However, the chap said he would contact me if he didn't turn up for any reason. It's a really good buy and local to us and it all seemed too good to be true.!
Never mind. I'm sure something else will come along. I've got a couple of months to keep looking.
Talk / Re: My nightmare aspect of Covid19
« Last post by JLR2 on 16 Jan 2021 07:20PM »
Kizzy and Sunshine I think you are both right regarding the Covid19 being with us now just as the flu is. My biggest concern is the slow roll out of the vaccine in so much as I worry that by the time the various governments around the world, ours included, get enough folk immunised the virus will have developed resistance to the original vaccines that have been developed so far.

One thing I'd appreciate from politicians (all of them)  is an end to their telling how we are the first to do this or we have done more than someone else be it countries around the world or within the UK, this boasting like speech from them is so boring I'd far rather they just get on with getting the country vaccinated.
Talk / Re: My nightmare aspect of Covid19
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on 16 Jan 2021 04:46PM »
...with luck my Dad will soon get his vaccine doses and have some protection.

If your Dad is over 80, he won't have very long to wait, I shouldn't think - my Dad got a call from his doctor last week to arrange the first jab for tomorrow...

Sunshine, I've already concluded we will probably have to live with Covid, like we do the flu, with new vaccinations every year for the most vulnerable once we've achieved some sort of herd immunity - we obviously can't continue the cycle of lockdowns two or three times a year indefinitely!
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