Saturday, 5 April 2014

Birding pretty

Last weekend my bro and his girlfriend Charlotte came to stay.  I strongly suspect that many of our visitors now come to hang out with the boy rather than PLH and me, but with this pair we have the added pull of some great coastal birdy places.  Birds are an interest that really binds my side of our family together; I have great memories of walks in the countryside with my grandparents, peppered with stops to look at our feathered friends.  Like the rest of us, Tom and Charlotte love a spot of birdwatching but they hadn't,until last weekend, sampled the hidey, reedy, woody, meadowy, rivery goodness of Titchfield Haven.  The recent appearance of the avocets on the reserve was just another reason to spend a day there together last weekend.
Avocet at Titchfield Haven, photo courtesy of Pete's Photoworld (click for link to more amazing birdy pictures)
It was a perfect birdy day - sun shining, toddler napping (then running along the boardwalks and eating mud), a hide picnic and a whole host of birds, including the most amazing close-up view of Britain's smallest bird, the goldcrest.  All topped off by cake in the tearooms - can a day be perfect without cake?!!
The boy enjoying a hide picnic with Aunty Charlotte 
Now, on to the stitchy stuff...

For a while now Charlotte has been admiring the prettiness of my bino strap, so on Sunday morning we took out the scraps jar and set about making her one for her own binoculars.  Having never really sewed before, Charlotte took to the machine like a duck to water...
...And with a pretty palette of roses, transformed her binocular strap into one fit for a vintage-loving birder...
We used the same method as I used before, with scraps of fabric and a fleece lining to give a little padding.  
Happy birdwatching Charlotte!

Kate x

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