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Ring out the bells, for party time !

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In autumn, the early morning sunshine wraps the silver birch in a cloak of gold ..


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Blue skies herald a convention of Collared Doves. Here’s a whole family enjoying quality time together …


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All year long, my gardens saw no signs of multicoloured butterflies … not even on the buddleias. But, finally, in September, one solitary stunner was seduced by the scent of a second bloom on the miniature lilacs.


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Lately I haven’t felt totally well, so I had a break from GoY and from the charity photo competitions. But recently I’ve entered a few pictures in new shows, in aid of Basset Hounds, rescued Romanian dogs, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The results should be announced in November.

One photo class requires a picture of a dog resisting a nearby treat, so Conker had fun, keeping watch over six gingerbread men, while using his pointed face to balance Ginger Man Number Seven.


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Around the raised bed, amid the evergreens, the marigolds are providing extra brightness.


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Here’s part of my front garden, with perennials still producing flowers and welcome colour.


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Evenings are getting colder, so when the house is chilly, Truffle likes to curl up in the warmth of his cosy coat, cleverly knitted by his Auntie Pamg.


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But the sleep and silence won’t last for long … clusters of clematis bells are swaying and ringing out for a special birthday coming up on Sunday …


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1st November will be Crocus budgie’s 11th birthday, and he is ready to party ! Extra millet will be served !
Here’s his official birthday portrait …

Happy birthday to my ever-cheerful, cheeky, chirpy special boy. :o)
x x x

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fun time for Team Terra.....πŸ˜†

With CakeπŸŽ‚.....and big hugs of course πŸ‘΅

29 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Pam ...
seed cake for everyone :o) x x x

29 Oct, 2015

 

Ah that explains why Truffle is sleeping then, he's conserving his energy ready to party, dreaming and hoping there will be a gingerbread man on the menu especially for him.
Good luck with the competitions and well done Conker, you have certainly perfected your guarding and balancing skills, its a lovely photo Terra.
Happy Birthday Wishes for Sunday Crocus and hope you all enjoy your special day, I do like your official portrait ...

29 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Sue ...
Hoping you are getting stronger every day, and, yes,
we are resting, ready for party time on Sunday. x

Thanks, Michaella for the 'like' x

29 Oct, 2015

 

Conker is so good not to eat the biscuits before the party. ...Truffles keeping his head down evidently πŸ˜‰

29 Oct, 2015

 

I think Truffles has secretly eaten the legs off Gingerbread men nos 2 and 4! He has such an appealing face of anticipation.
In my teens , I could balance a dog treat on my Fox terrier's nose, wait, wait, then when I clapped my hands he would toss the treat in the air and catch it in his mouth. A clever dog, but with a naught streak if he thought you weren't looking.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Siris for reminding me of my first dog ... a Wire Haired Fox Terrier who could do the same trick as yours ... balance the biscuit and then catch it. Such great memories.
Perhaps Truffle has hidden some gingerbread feet under his coat ... maybe Pamg knitted special secret 'biscuit pockets' ?

29 Oct, 2015

 

Clever Truffles, none of our dogs could do that, they were all far too greedy lol good luck in the competition....
I hope you are feeling better now, take care, and keep us in the loop as they say lol
Oh forgot Happy Birthday Crocus, still looking chirpy!!

29 Oct, 2015

 

Hope you are feeling better Terra, we have all missed you. :)

29 Oct, 2015

 

Yes, been wondering where you were, and am sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Its good you had enough energy to enter clever Conker's picture in the competition - good luck Conker! And a very happy birthday to Crocus - hope Team Terra have a lovely day.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks Dotty and Karen ...
I'm not quite recovered, but trying very hard to perk up ...
I'll try to catch up with some GoY on the rainy days !

Thanks Jaykaty and Klahanie for the 'likes' ..
Stera .. Team Terra says hi .. we'll certainly enjoy Sunday !

29 Oct, 2015

 

So glad you are perking up Terra. Can't believe Conker didn't eat all those biscuits befor the party....you garden is looking lovely.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Hi Sandra ...
thanks for looking in ... my gardens have had a lot of rain this week .. such a contrast from weeks of drought back in the summer.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Glad you are staring to feel better,Terra..and a Happy Birthday,to Crocus..he looks really well ,as does Conker,with the Gingerbread men :o) Love seeing Truffle taking a power nap,in his nice coat from Auntie Pam..that is so cute:o) Yuor garden looks great too..we are having a lovely colourful Autumn.take care,:o) xx.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Unwell or not your garden is still looking wonderful. I think it is you two helpers, Conker and Truffles that make the difference. :0). Glad you are feeling a bit better.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Happy Birthday, Crocus, from all of us here, have a lovely day. Enjoyed your blog, TT, and love the photo of Conker and the gingerbread men. Where was Truffle when that was taken? Millie would have relieved him of all of those in a flash.

Glad you're feeling better. Good luck with the competitions.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Hi Tt, lovely blog as usual, glad you're feeling better now, happy birthday to Crocus, well done Conker, {and you}, hope all goes well in the photo competition, your garden looks lovely btw, Derek.

29 Oct, 2015

 

Get well soon Terra. I loved reading your blog and your pictures look great. Not been on here for sometime so thought I would pop back and see how everyone is :-)

29 Oct, 2015

 

Lovely blog TT Your boys are so lovely, Happy Birthday to Crocus love your official photograph x well done Conker on resisting all those gingerbread men and looking so cute x Truffle so cosy in his beautiful coat is obviously resting prior to the festivities x Your garden looks a treat as ever x do hope you are back to full fitness soon and wish you well with the photo competitions x :o)

29 Oct, 2015

 

Thanks for sharing lovely photos. Love Conker and his gingerbread men. Truffles looks contented. Hope you are feeling a lot better soon. Your garden looks good. Still some colour there. Good luck in the photo competition.

30 Oct, 2015

 

Good to see Richard again too! :)

30 Oct, 2015

 

Sorry to hear you've not been feeling on top form TT, hope you're feeling much better now. Happy Birthday to Crocus, and well done to Conker, good luck with the competition.

30 Oct, 2015

 

So pleased to see you again and I hope that you are feeling much better. Crocus looks superb on his birthday portrait. Your beautiful pets must cheer you up so much when you are not feeling too good. Keep improving.
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30 Oct, 2015

amy
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I hope you are feeling much better TT good luck with the photo competition how could they resist Conkers handsome face ,truffle looks very cosy in his coat β™ͺβ™ͺβ™ͺ Happy birthday to crocus β™ͺβ™ͺβ™ͺ enjoy your party time x

30 Oct, 2015

 

Shhh Terra....thats a secret between me and Truffle πŸ˜†

30 Oct, 2015

 

I think Truffle is hiding a gingerbread man under his pillow and waiting for you to nighty night. Conker is a winner for sure. Good luck with the competition. It's nice to see you back on GoY. I enjoy your blogs filled with style and humor. I'm glad you are feeling better Terra. Please give Crocus some birthday crackers for me. Stay well...

30 Oct, 2015

 

Thank you for so many lovely, kind responses to my blog. Very thoughtful words from so many. I really appreciate all the comments and 'likes'. Each day I'm feeling a little better, and, yes, my pets certainly are a tonic !
At this time of year, I'm sure most of your gardens are just like mine in that the deciduous leaves are falling fast. I hope to sweep up some of those this weekend, to clear the paths. Happy gardening, everyone.
I've entered some cat photos in the charity photo shows, on behalf of my 'stroke survivor' friend, so I especially hope she wins rosettes. I'll try to visit GoY more over these colder months, and I'll let you know if any of our photos get prizes. :o) x x x

31 Oct, 2015

 

Just spotted your blog - notifications seem a bit hit & miss from GOY.
Sorry to hear you've not been feeling so good, hope you will soon be back to normal.
Conker is so good to hold the pose while you take the pic & not even going cross-eyed, lol. Did it take a lot of ginger bread men to teach that?
Happy Birthday for tomorrow to Crocus & I'm sure you will all enjoy celebrating the occasion with something other than millet.
The garden is still looking good & the birch too in its autumn colours. Good luck with the competitions.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Hi Green finger ...
thanks ... several GoY members have said that notifications of my blogs are not appearing ..
I don't know what cause of the problem is ...
I hope all's well with you in Suffolk.
Conker is such a good boy, that he did the gingerbread photo with no rehearsals ! Crocus is VERY excited about his birthday tomorrow.
I'm feeling a bit better today... swept up some leaves !
I'll certainly report back about the charity photo show results.

31 Oct, 2015

 

Loved your blog and all the comments that follow. Quite cheered me up.

Happy birthday, Crocus.

1 Nov, 2015

 

Hi Eirlys ..
thank you... Crocus is having a very festive day ... lots of millet, and he's bashing his glitterball toy, getting ready for the Strictly Come Dancing results !

1 Nov, 2015

 

Happy , Happy Birthday , Crocus , I wish you brilliant health and happiness :-)))

2 Nov, 2015

 

Fantastic , Conker , You make my day ! , haha!

2 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Junna ..
Crocus is still partying ...
and Conker let me eat the Ginger Bread men ! :o)

2 Nov, 2015

 

That should help you to feel better Terra!

2 Nov, 2015

 

Poor old Conker...I hope he devoured a Ginger bread man, eventually.he has more self control than I !

2 Nov, 2015

 

Hi Paul ..
Captain Blackfoot could use a Ginger Bread man as an eye-patch. ;o)

2 Nov, 2015

 

wouldn't the ginger sting in the eye???
Just a thought!!

2 Nov, 2015

 

Good to read another of your lovely blogs, Terra. I hope you are feeling a little better now, just don't overdo the leaf sweeping. :o)

3 Nov, 2015

 

I hope Crocus had a lovely birthday :o) x
Your autumn garden looks pretty TT
and it's nice to see the dogs are still enjoying having their photos taken. It's good to do something for charity :o)

Sorry the comment is late but it's taking a while to catch up lol ...

4 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Shirley and Hywel ...
Crocus very much enjoyed his birthday. All week here it has been raining, so no chance yet to sweep up the leaves.
But mild temperatures for this time of year.

7 Nov, 2015

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