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Raccoons on the Roof!

Raccoons on the Roof!

Just as we were getting the girls ready for bed last night I heard my Lovely Husband yelling for me.  As we had a visit to ER (A&E) with the Little One on Saturday when she bit right through the underneath of her bottom lip (luckily it’s healing nicely), I’m still feeling a bit jumpy … Continue reading

A daft dove

A daft dove

So, yes it’s another post about birds. But this time a dove which has built a nest in our garden. Not in a nice sensible bush, like the Northern Cardinals, but in a very open place that can be seen by all predators: the bird feeder! My Mum brought the bird feeder to help us … Continue reading

The great (little) ant hunt

The great (little) ant hunt

Just so you don’t think I’ve gone completely bird crazy the last few days, here is a post about ants. In Houston, there are teeny tiny ants that get everywhere, including indoors. When we first got here it took ages to get rid of them from the kitchen – not hundreds of them, just enough … Continue reading

The baby birds take early flying lessons

The baby birds take early flying lessons

When we got back from the girls’ dance lesson yesterday we could hear the Northern Cardinals making a lot of noise in the garden before we’d even opened the front door.  We rushed through to the back door in time to see a bird of prey (no idea which one) swooping across the garden and … Continue reading

The baby birds are growing

The baby birds are growing

I’ve been taking photographs of the Northern Cardinals in the nest outside the back door for the girls to take in for Show & Tell next week.  Just in case you’re keen to see how they’ve grown in a week, here they are: For what happened next, click here. Related articles The baby birds have … Continue reading

The butterflies have hatched!

The butterflies have hatched!

  One of our butterflies hatched yesterday afternoon, whilst we weren’t here.  The girls were excited but very disappointed that they hadn’t seen it appear from the chrysalis.   This morning whilst we were getting dressed, a second butterfly hatched, so we missed that one too.   I moved the butterflies to the table whilst … Continue reading

The baby birds have hatched!

The baby birds have hatched!

For a while we’ve been watching a pair of Northern Cardinals build a nest in our garden (back yard).  It’s not in a very sensible place as it’s 5ft up in a bush right outside our back door, which makes it a pretty noisy place to be, but more sensible than the nest which was … Continue reading

The caterpillars are making silk!

The caterpillars are making silk!

Obviously it’s not enough to make anything with (and I’ve no idea how to collect the and turn into thread either!) but it’s quite exciting nevertheless. The caterpillars are definitely growing too and moving around more. The picture shows the silk, if you look very very closely that is! It looks a bit like blurriness … Continue reading

Caterpillars day one

Caterpillars day one

We got back from nearly 2 weeks in England yesterday to find our caterpillars had arrived in the post. My Mum had given the girls a butterfly garden for Christmas and we had waited until the weather was warm enough outside before we ordered the caterpillars. The girls were very excited. The caterpillars were examined … Continue reading