Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Love is in the air






Outside my window more than 20 Red Kites are swirling and dancing through the air, gathering and eyeing each other up. Dive bombing, almost crashing, swinging and swaying, dipping and diving. Every year this spectacle happens at about this time, always in the afternoon. The huge birds appear from all directions, spend an hour or so doing their finest aerial acrobatics, then gradually fly away again, often in pairs. It is no exaggeration to describe the air above my garden as black with birds, as so many, each with a 6ft wingspan, flying at roof level, block out a lot of light. St Valentine's day is traditionally the Birds' Wedding Day, so the Kites are spot on with their timing this year.

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  1. Hi Kate,
    Haven't you been busy! Lovely stuff. Thanks for the suggestion about the sashiko needles, they duly arrived in the post today along with the batting so I am ready to get going. Eeek! If only I didn't have lots of boring housework to do...
    Hen x

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    1. I know... housework had to be done here today too - a day when washing would actually dry was too good to miss, but my hand quilting is calling me now that's out of the way!I love using shashiko needles for quilting/embroidering with thicker threads,hope you enjoy them too.

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  2. Don't the Kites make marvellous shapes in the air?

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    1. They are spectacular aren't they. We have been a few times to 'organised' Red Kite feeding displays and always enjoyed it. We paid though - you're getting it for free! xC

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