Saturday, April 24, 2010
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Arrangements for this years gathering at George Orwell's grave are well underway. Details of this years and past gatherings can be found here on @documentally 's posterous, or on his other site Ourmaninside.com.
If you need directions the postcode is OX14 4AE, map via google maps, the nearest railway station appears to be Didcot Parkway, and a Thames Travel No 32 bus will get you within walking distance (try http://www.transportdirect.info for a personalised journey plan).
There has been quite a lot of interest in this years gathering including national press coverage, so if you are interested in attending please leave a comment either here (I will pass them on to @documentally) or on one of the other two blog posts above.
I am also intending to arrange other social media "picnics" later this year. I have ideas for one in the New Forest, one at a castle and also a campfire gathering and camping trip. Also one in Paris. One or none of these stand a chance of happening. These will be local to me (except obviously Paris), and will post details here as and when I have it. I'd like to know what people think, would you have a preference for one of these. Do you need more details?
I set this site up with a view to anyone publicising their own social media picnics, so if you would like to arrange your own gathering and use this site to tell people about it, please let me know and I can give you access to the site or post the details for you.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Two years ago we had Goldfinches nesting in the cherry tree in our garden. Last year there were Dunnocks nesting in the hedge. This year, prior to our holiday it looked like we were going to have Blue tits nesting in one of our nest boxes.
Since we returned from holiday however it seems as though the Blue tits have found a nest site elsewhere. I see them nearly daily carrying bits of nesting material across the garden, occasionally stopping in our birch tree for a respite. Either they were spoilt for choice or disturbed and decided not to use one of nesting boxes.
Now it would appear it is the turn of the Great tits. They have been looking over the last couple of days at both one of the single boxes and also the sparrow "multi-box". They keep looking, pecking around the box hole and going inside. They aren't building, just viewing. After all as anyone will tell you choosing a home is a big step!
I sometimes think our garden is a little small for nest boxes. They are quite low, ideally above six feet is good, and our garden is quite enclosed. We are though normally cat and magpie free (we have a dog who takes care of both of those aspects), and have excellent facilities, incl. all you can eat and drink buffet.
We'll see what happens. In the meantime, anticipation is the order of the day.