Weather this morning turned very windy, wet and dark enough to need the lights on all day ! so decided to make some pastry for the birds; plain flour, mix of lard and beef dripping, mild cheddar cheese, berry suet pellets, kibbled peanuts and filtered water !
The pink powder is what is left at the bottom of the storage box and the berry suet which has crumbled to powder dust - no good wasting so all goes into the pastry mix.
you can tell how dark a day it was, even with the lights on it was dark lol
18 rolls, 15 of them now in the freezer, other three chilling for a few hours or overnight in the fridge before it gets dished out to the birds.
So......... what u waiting for ? ............................ lol
Past customers ! ................................
doesn't get any better than this next one when the Long tailed tits land by your hand !!
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Mine don't get pastry, although i'm sure they'd love it, but I put the feeders out yesterday for the first time this winter, cold & foggy all day & I thought they needed a little supplement. It'll be a few days though before word gets around! It's lovely today & tomorrow but next week looks positively arctic!
Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
Ha ha, love the Lord Kitchener cartoon. I've started making pastry again although not in quite the same quantities you have, Hazel.
It didn't take long before the GSW paid a visit.
and the Robin soon got in on the act.
It's really windy here too but mild. It's so dark that I can barely see the feeders.
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In reply to TeeJay:
Thanks Hazel and Tony, I think the sudden dark day reminded me of winter that will be on it's way soon although still relatively mild at the moment. Thankfully, wind is blowing in a favourable direction and blown the leaves into the corner of the garden and not into the pond for change :)
Love the photos of the GSW and Robin, I will be filling one of the feeders with pastry once it has rested in the fridge for a few hours; I'd love to put some pastry on the twigs and a few sun-hearts on the ground for the little chaffinch with warty feet who finds perching difficult but at the moment the Cyrils are running rampant and jumping all over the caged feeders (they are probably trying to shake the contents out as they can't reach the seeds lol ) and they would snaffle up the pastry in seconds.
In reply to HAZY:
Just be thankful you don't get Starlings or none of that would be going in the freezer lol.
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In reply to Alan.:
lol Alan !! Keep the starlings but I wouldn't mind a few spadgers if you have them to spare ..... I can send you 6 squirrels (dyed red if you prefer) in exchange ;)
I won't tell you what I think the rolls look like on the counter top, before they were bagged!! I am sure they will be loved by all the visitors. I will swap a few spadgers and a lot of starlings for some georgeous lollypops and a couple of Cyril's. Two of the same sex though as I don't want a menagerie!!
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
In reply to Catlady:
Well done Hazy, the pastry will indeed be needed with this horrid weather. Worse luck I don't get to see the LTTs too often or the Nuthatch, but the young Robin still visits and takes pastry over mealworm. He was in the shed the other day and I had to wait 10mins for him to decide to leave, even tho' I put pastry on a dish by the door he was content to grab any insect or spider he found, not at all phased by being indoors.
Lot to learn
In reply to gaynorsl:
@ Catlady, I'll send you two female cyrilla's for two spadgers but hold the starlings so to speak as I'm not sure I have enough pastry at the moment !
@ Gaynor, lol your robin sounds like the one that used to nip into our garage on the rare occasion we left the doors open for prolonged periods whilst gardening and found it helped itself to the live mealies !! it's funny how they love to search every nook and cranny for spiders and other insects and now I always have to make sure the garage is empty before I close the doors ! As for the weather it was horrid today, never really got light but tomorrow looks not as bad so fingers crossed.
Dip them in a breaded batter and you could make a fortune selling them Hazel :)
In reply to James:
Chips peas and Hazels, Breaded fat rolls :)
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