Friday, 21 October 2016

Five on Friday

I have had a lovely morning visiting my dear Mum and Dad, it is my Dad's birthday.  It is a joy to see all the cards and gifts that the family have sent him.  He also received a lot of emails with lots of wonderful messages and photos of the children, making it a memorable day.  Each year now more special as illness takes hold.  I am thankful for the additional time that we have with him and feel blessed that we live so close and can help despite my weariness at times. 

Friday has come around so quickly this week time seems to be flying by at the moment.  Friday means linking to Amy over at Love Made My Home for the weekly Five on Friday meme.

One

I have had rather an unusual visitor to the garden this week.  A young Badger, yes you are reading this correctly a BADGER.  I was as surprised as I am sure you are.  The quality of the picture is not good as I didn't want to startle it.


 
A badger hiding in the undergrowth by the side of the shed, seeing is believing.
 
Two
 
It must be the pheasant season as we seem to have one constantly perched on the fence or the stile at the back of the garden.
 

 
Three
 
Work continues on some little token gifts I send overseas to old friends, just to let them know I am thinking of them.  One friend is into recycling and lives a frugal lifestyle so I have made her some stitch markers out of old jewellery that she will love.  The sewing machine is new and will go to another friend who also loves to sew.
 
 
Four
 
My husband and I have spent some quality time together trying to do a jigsaw.  It makes us both laugh how long they take for us to do these days, but we still enjoy the process and chat whilst looking for the pieces.
 

 
Five
 
Finally I have been busy in the craft room daily, spending a lot of time in there as one of Santa's helpers.  I have made a start on some little felt owls that are filled with lavender dried from the garden to top some of my gifts.
 

 
I do so wish you could smell this room at the moment it is beautiful.  The scent of a season gone lingering on and reminding us of what to look forward to.  I hope you pop over and see what everyone has been up to this week.
 
See you soon.
 
 
 
 
 

 

51 comments:

  1. You are right ! Each moment passed with our oldest ones is priceless.
    Love your little owl !
    Have a nice weekend !
    Hug
    Anna

    ReplyDelete
  2. Those puzzles are good for the brain and yours looks challenging for us older folks who have no idea what the superheros are supposed to look like. Loved seeing the critters around your place. You're right about Friday coming so fast! I started reading with the thought of why you posted your Five on Friday on Thursday morning...until I realized it IS Friday...duh!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Happy birthday to your father! He must have a good time with his family smile! Wow, your jigsaw looks difficult!!
    Have a good day!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Happy birthday to your dad. Jigsaw is fun and great hobby to pass time. I like the little sewing machine gift.

    ReplyDelete
  5. We've had the a jigsaw on the go for ages, it's about time we took it back out and blow the dust off it again. Sweet little owl xx

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a fab 5 on Friday. Birthday wishes to your Dad. I love that you had a badger, I see them now and again, but sadly on the side of the valley roads :( Can't remember when I did a puzzle, amazing to see a superhero one - Have a good weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  7. You have had such lovely visitors! That's great. When I was walking I saw a couple of pheasants too but could not get a photo. Lovely weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  8. These are special visitors ! I only see cats and sparrows here !

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely post, how nice to have the wildlife visit your garden. Great gift ideas, I have a huge stash of charms, you have given me some more ideas, have a good weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Birthday wishes to your dad. Your stitch markers are a great idea for a gift for your friends, and so easy to send too. X

    ReplyDelete
  11. Spending time with parents is a blessing in this season of life. I'm always conscious of time's fleeting nature. So glad your dad is able to enjoy his birthday.
    The pheasant and the badger are both interesting visitors to your garden - great shots.
    Your workroom is a busy place these days, full of creativity! I really like those stitch markers.

    ReplyDelete
  12. You're so lucky to still have your parents, enjoy every moment you have. You make such thoughtful gifts, love that sewing machine. That badger is so cute, I have a toy one that looks just like that.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Time with family is precious, especially those hours you spend with your parents. I'm sure your Dad is enjoying his special day. Best wishes to him. I had forgotten you live next to some fields so no wonder you see a lot of wild life around your house. Doing a jigsaw puzzle with your husband must be relaxing. Watching television and gardening are the only activities my husband and I do together in the home at the moment. I like the cute owl lavender bag. What a lovely idea!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Birthday wishes to your Dad, spending time with elderly parents is so precious and I am glad he had a good day. How amazing to see a badger in your garden. xx

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for visiting my blog. And you have started your Christmas pressies in a big way.. well done. My DH and I too take a bit longer these days to complete a jigsaw.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love your little owls and using old jewelry for stitch markers is a great idea. I've also got a puzzle started, now the weather is cooler and rainy it is a good thing to pass some time away. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

    ReplyDelete
  17. A badger in the garden! Lucky you. I'm very jealous.

    ReplyDelete
  18. its nice you can still spend time with your parents.. A badger wow.. I get I think raccoons they dump my green bin over and dig stuff up in the garden.. Hum. They drive me nuts... Some times they make a big mess... And they are always digging up my ground cover I finally gave up on it.. And very nice you and hubby spend time together too.. happy wekend end o lovely owl with love Janice

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi!
    Our garden it's near a forest, so sometimes we also different animalvisits, but not any badger yet...
    Pretty owls you are making for xmas...
    Happy weekend!
    Best wishes,
    AnnA

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi!
    Our garden it's near a forest, so sometimes we also different animalvisits, but not any badger yet...
    Pretty owls you are making for xmas...
    Happy weekend!
    Best wishes,
    AnnA

    ReplyDelete
  21. Happy Birthday to your father. It must be wonderful to have wildlife sharing your garden. I love all your crafting ideas and now know what to do with the odd bits of jewellery in the drawer! Have a lovely weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  22. How wonderful to have a badger visiting, it looks as though you're host to lots of wildlife with the pheasants too. I love the stitch markers you've made, especially that cute little sewing machine. Wishing your dad a very happy birthday.

    ReplyDelete
  23. How exciting to have a badger visit. Love the owl...what a cute idea.

    ReplyDelete
  24. It is always inspiring to see some of what fills your days! I can imagine the lovely smell of your lavender, and am so glad for the good times you are spending with your loved ones. xx

    ReplyDelete
  25. A badger visit might be okay, but what if he takes up residence? (Oh the stories I could tell about a family of groundhogs who decided to take up residence under my deck. Ackkk!)

    So glad that your father had a happy birthday with all the cards and messages honoring him.

    What fun to have your husband join you in puzzle making! I think it sounds cozy and companionable.

    ReplyDelete
  26. What lovely owl; I can imagine the smells. Clever of you to get badger photos. Have a good weekend. B x

    ReplyDelete
  27. Well done to get pictures of the badger and the pheasant! Added to that your owl is just adorable!
    Have a lovely weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  28. A badger in the garden is certainly very surprising.. And the pheasant looks so elegant. We used to live in an area where pheasants were often seen but not now.
    Happy Birthday to your Dad.

    ReplyDelete
  29. So nice to celebrate another year with your Dad. Mine used to live right up the lane from me and even though it is getting to be nearly 5 years that they both are gone, I miss them every day. Always love seeing what you are working on - the stitch markers are wonderful and so are the little owls. You are so creative! Loved seeing the badger and the pheasant, too. Such a nice surprise! Hope your weekend is lovely. x Karen

    ReplyDelete
  30. A badger and a pheasant! Wow. Happy birthday to your dear dad. It's tough seeing our parents fail. It's nice that you are close. Your owl craft is very cute. I love working around my lavender plants. It's a great scent for sure. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  31. How lovely to have a badger and a pheasant in your garden. Nice to see them out and about. Glad your dad had a nice birthday. I got to spend my Mum's 80th with her and was so glad to be able to be there when a lot of years I am in the states on her birthday. Your owls look really cute - I LOVE lavender!

    Happy Five on Friday

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wow.. a badger! Too bad he was hiding so you couldn't show his face better.. but I think you were smart not to get to close to him. Love all your crafty makes.. you're a wonder. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Happy Birthday to your father. It's wonderful that you can spend so much time together. Love all of your crafts. The owl is very sweet and I know your friends will love the stitch markers. You can never have too many of those!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
  34. Dried lavender smells so wonderful inside little goodies like your owls. Nice idea! I'm glad your dad had a good birthday and I pray he stays around for awhile. It's hard when parents are gone. Sigh! I was out with a friend today and we saw some long necked white birds that we'd not seen before. Not geese. Maybe swans or..... hard to tell when you are driving 65 mph on the interstate! Happy weekend my friend!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I hadn't to do a double take. A badger. Just incredible how long did he stay?brjsyed birthday greetings to your dad

    ReplyDelete
  36. Wowsers a badger! :) And a pheasant! What wonderful wildlife xx Your little makes are adorable xx

    ReplyDelete
  37. We have a badger...is that the same thing as a groundhog? ....he lives between ours and the neighbor's yard. mmmm the lavender must smell wonderful

    ReplyDelete
  38. Beautiful felt things ! You and Meanqueen make me want to take up crafts; would probably be pathetic at it though .... As for that pheasant, unfortunately, only one word : YUM ! xxx

    ReplyDelete
  39. Everyone will love your owls. Fancy having a badger hiding by the shed! I hope he doesn't decide to do some digging!

    ReplyDelete
  40. The owls are lovely and I bet your craft room smells wonderful with the lavender scenting the air. How wonderful to have a badger visit your garden, we know we have one nearby as our neighbours have seen it in their garden, and we've seen evidence of it in ours:)

    ReplyDelete
  41. how amazing to having company of stranger in your garden dear

    your crft work is superb

    ReplyDelete
  42. You are always so busy and get so many wonderful projects finished. Happy Birthday to your Dad.
    Meredith

    ReplyDelete
  43. A badger, how exciting! I would be giddy to see one in the flesh.

    The owl is very sweet indeed, with the added bonus of smelling nice too, a really good idea.

    ReplyDelete
  44. che simpatici gufetti :)
    ti seguo come follower
    Passa a trovarmi ✿✿✿
    http://desiderichic.blogspot.it/

    ReplyDelete
  45. che simpatici gufetti :)
    ti seguo come follower
    Passa a trovarmi ✿✿✿
    http://desiderichic.blogspot.it/

    ReplyDelete
  46. Lively pictures! My daughter loves owls.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Lively pictures! My daughter loves owls.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Oh, my! I wouldn't know what to do if I got close to a badger! Hopefully he won't come back. The pheasant is gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen on in person before. Your little craties are really cute. Thanks so much for popping in to see me and I hope you have a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    ReplyDelete
  49. happy birthday to your dad!! I don't think we have badgers....we have porcupines...interesting to see though.

    ReplyDelete
  50. Wow - a badger in the garden is something we would never see in NZ. A nice memory for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  51. When I see a puzzle, I'm reminded of the joke where the blonde says, "Ha! Blondes aren't that dumb. I finished this puzzle in six months and on the box it said 10-12 years".

    ReplyDelete