The Bird Feeder

But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.”

  • L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Windy Poplars

November can be a bit of a drag.  The days become shorter and the temperature drops making it colder.  At least with December, we have Christmas to look forward to.  But November?  The only good thing about this months is that it leads to December and then it becomes a blur.  The countdown to Christmas always becomes a blur, especially if you’re a parent and before you know it, you’ll be taking all the Christmas decors down.  Which reminds me, I really want to put ours up.  But I promised the husband that I’d only start decorating in the first day of December.

I’ve digressed, I wanted to write about the bird feeder my husband bought (as mentioned on the previous post).  We hang it outside our bathroom window so our cat and the squirrels won’t reach it.  Birds make the husband happy.  He likes feeding them left over bread and crackers.  I call him Cinderella.  I keep waiting for him to break into song, so far he hasn’t … yet.

Armed with my camera, I was determined to catch some birds in action.  But wasn’t so sure I’d be lucky since Doc followed me out and soon, Boots was there too.  To my surprise I didn’t have long to wait.  I spied one blue tit on the roof.

I knew it was watching me, Doc and even Boots.  And then when it realised that it was safe it decided to go for it… slowly.  I watched its every move through my lense.

When it felt bolder, it finally made a move.

After a few pecks it flew away.  But before I could even put my camera down, two of them came by.

It was just lovely to watch them feed.  From below, Doc was busy chasing his tail and Boots?  She was on the hedge… watching.

I’m so glad the bird feeder is way up there.  And in the winter, our cat likes to spend it mostly asleep on top of the boiler where it is nice and warm.  She’s like her humans who gain a lot of weight on the colder months, even if she could reach the bird feeder, somehow I doubt very much if she’d be quick enough.

During these short cold days, it’s the small joys that really matter, like watching the birds feed, enjoying the lovely autumn light through the window, and blue skies against beautiful winter trees that are slowly losing its leaves.

What are your small joys?


  1. Jenny - TraveLynn Family

    My boys love topping up their bird feeder. A lovely addition to any garden.

    • We’ve only recently got one. We have a cat you see and live in the country where we’re surrounded by squirrels. But we think hanging it out by the our bathroom window is the safest place for the lovely birds to feed 🙂

  2. Nikki Thomas

    Aw that is so lovely. We have avoided having a bird feeder because we have so many cats in the area. My inlaws have a bird table just outside their kitchen window and I could spend many happy hours just watching the different birds coming and going, it is fascinating.

    • We have a cat too and there are loads of squirrels where we live. That’s why we decided to put it way up there. There’s no way Boots or squirrels can get to the birds and their feed 🙂

  3. My small joys in November have been historically holidays somewhere warm – Bali for example one of my favourites. But with kids in school now reserved to daydreaming – about further adventures post half term October holidays and Xmas loving the tiny colourful birds and the state of your kitty cat

    • Somewhere warm would be really lovely! Like you, all I can do right now is dream about it 🙂

  4. Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    Oh wow these are amazing photos to capture them while feeding! Such a good idea to put it up high too.

    • We have loads of squirrels here! That’s one of the reasons why my husband put the bird feeder way up high 🙂

  5. I always think of November as the worst month in the year! Its so stressy with Christmas and all the crunchy fresh leaves have turned stinky and wet and yuk!

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