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I usually take a piece of fruit with me to work – but as it’s been so cold, I’m much preferring to munch on something stodgy on my meal break this week!!

That means there’s a bag of apples and a bag of bananas sitting in the fruit bowl going to waste…such a shame to waste them. Cooking something with them is a no go – Can’t cook – DON’T cook is my middle name!

There’s what I did with the apples….

….and here’s how I made it.

A 3ft length (thats 90cm in new money) of plastic coated wire – at one end tie and wind round a 6 inch (15cm) length of bamboo – this will act as a perch and will stop the apples falling to the ground.


n.b. ensure you use a long enough length of wire – my first attempt was too short as you can see from the picture :). It easy too snip of any excess!


keep it as close to the centre as possible for balance or it will be lop sided.

Skewer through the core of the apple from bottom to top

I then threaded on 3 apples and repeated the above steps to include another perch and then another 3 apples.

I twisted a loop onto the top – this will be used to hang the feeder….

As I’ve only just put it out for the birds to have in the morning (I’m not an early riser to do it first thing) – we will see how it goes. All I need to do now is see what I can do with the bananas – any suggestions??
Will our birds eat bananas?

Thanks for reading.

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Oh Dear Angie what a waste of apples I love my apples untill the core and my birds just feast on the cores.

15 Dec, 2012

 

I bet those will be appreciated

15 Dec, 2012

 

They certainly will DRc

15 Dec, 2012

 

Hope the birds enjoy their apple feast.
Can't help but wonder what naughty stodgy items replaced them at work though!!!

15 Dec, 2012

 

Have the bananas for breakfast - mash up on a shallow dish and add a little milk/sugar/plain yogurt.

15 Dec, 2012

 

We have a banana-loving cat! (It's only because she thinks she's a human) Birds don't seem to appreciate them, though.

16 Dec, 2012

 

Thats a brilliant idea as done that way my dogs won`t be able to pinch the ones I put out for the birds, thanks Scottish.......

16 Dec, 2012

 

Make a banana hot chocolate milk shake. Delicious. We never have spare fruit except what falls from the trees and the birds often leave them till after Christmas.

16 Dec, 2012

 

These are good looking apples Scottish and quite an art work.
Last year some animal climbed up my apple tree and left me with all the cores hanging. Nobody believed me when I told the story. Racoons maybe?

16 Dec, 2012

 

Banana bread.....
Banoffee pie

Just couple of ideas..... :0)

we leave windfall apples under the trees and are blessed with fieldfares and redwings.....and the blackbirds of course..........

16 Dec, 2012

 

I think windfall apples are often left by the birds until they rot and are soft enough to get their little beaks in there, and the same may happen here, Scottish - you may have to wait until these are frostbitten before the birds can appreciate them.

16 Dec, 2012

 

Well done Angie ..
I'm sure the wildlife will appreciate ! :o)))

16 Dec, 2012

 

My breakfast is cold porridge oats chopped fresh apple or pear or nectarines and soaked overnight in Benacol Yoghurt .

Its lovely .

And never fruit left in bowl as fruit is eaten ever day or need extra to bake with for muffins or flapjacks etc.

I am sure the birds will enjoy.

16 Dec, 2012

 

lovely - and very generous to the birds

16 Dec, 2012

 

I tried Banana for the birds but very fussy birds I think I have:)

16 Dec, 2012

 

I quite fancy your breakfast recipe ,Scottish....I might give it a go .I love mashed banana in a brown bread sandwich ..It's ages since I baked Banana bread too...I'll pass on the Banoffee pie,although I love it,and I like your ingenious apple feeder :o)

16 Dec, 2012

 

Good thinking Scottish, I hope your birds enjoy them :o)

I've been skewering peeled apples onto short branches of a tree, next to a bigger branch that the blackbirds can perch on. They seem to be going down a treat, and they're certainly vanishing faster than the un-peeled windfalls I've left on the ground.

16 Dec, 2012

 

I think it's a great idea :D I hope the birds will enjoy the apples ...

16 Dec, 2012

 

Thanks all - the blue tits were having a wee go at them today. You've all given me food for thought!
Kath - it's better the birds get them than go in the bin! The amount of food we waste here is ridiculous!!!!!!!!!
Drc - Blue tits today - but it's very mild here and very few birds about!
Wildrose - hot rolls took their place. One of the chaps at works does all the cooking - all the profit he makes goes to charity.
Steragram - thank for the breakfast recipe - as breakfast time for me is lunch time - I'll give it a try sometime for lunch :)
Gattina - I used to have a banana and bran scone loving cat. He would never eat them on their own though!!
I did wonder about them not being 'ripe' enough.
Lincslass - that's exactly why I chose to hang them up - my dog would just scoff them at the first chance. I have to watch out for whatever I put out, good thing is he leaves the bird seed alone now - it mustn't be to his taste :)
Sheila - never though of that - the girls would like it. Too much wasted here!
Thanks TT - I'm sure they will :)
Paul - it's getting bloomin' expensive to feed the birds - I'm beginning to use more scraps for them.
Bloomer - I love mashed banana on Digestive Biscuits - but love banoffee pie ever more. Wish I could cook!!!!
GG - I might give a couple of them a peel and see how they go.
Snoop - I did wonder about that - I'll need to dismantle to peel, so will remove a couple at the same time and chop up. The blackbirds visit my log feeder so might leave some in one of the holes. Thanks for the advice
Hywel - sorry it's a bird blog again - no pics of birds though :)

16 Dec, 2012

 

Meant to add - my brother took away the bananas today, he's going to make banana loaf. Our genes got mixed up - give me a power tool and I'm happy.....give him a mixing bowl and he'll bake til his heart's content!!

16 Dec, 2012

 

Oh Scrummy! I love banana bread.

16 Dec, 2012

 

Don't worry lol :o) I don't mind. I think birds have a right to live their lives, and most people like them :o)

16 Dec, 2012

 

I know you've got rid of the bananas now (though I hope your brother's bringing you some of the loaf!) but bananas mashed into porridge (not just sliced on top), with a swirl of caramel sauce on top is also YUM without needing much cooking ... like a banoffe-pie-flavoured porridge :o)

16 Dec, 2012

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