There are more photos of our robin(s) on my Cards page - click at top right, below banner photograph, where you will also see in more detail this new season's set of greetings cards.
I hope you will be tempted to buy a set or two!
Some of you will know that we have two (maybe three) very tame robins in our garden.
They are very hard to tell apart (even the experts can't sex them reliably).
They have young and are very demanding just now - there every time we open the door, and following us around....
I'm trying for the perfect shot of the red robin against the red gate - not there yet.
It must be fascinating to be a wildlife photographer. You would have to know the creatures' habits - the robin often perches on the same place, like this particular hole in the hedge, and on the rim of this pot, and of course, classically, on the spade handle..
It is very touching to be so trusted by a wild bird - they eat from our hands and in the past they have brought their babies into the garden - will they do this this year?
Watch this space!
There is a person in here.
With a collecting tin at his/her feet.
And moving, very very slowly.
I wonder if they chose this pitch deliberately.
(Or if specsavers put them up to it?)
Following on from my post two days ago and the three jobs strategy - (I'm glad you like it Julia)..
I'm not talking about saving the world here, or big ambitions, just getting through my simple day with more of a sense of achievement than I've had lately....so you won't be impressed with my list, but here is how it goes:
The ongoing job - Keep plodding away at the garden borders. Removing moss from them, cutting back, mulching, edging....did I mention we open the garden for charity in 11 weeks time?....now if that isn't motivating!
The start and finish job - order new cards from the blog photos (watch this space). Quite a lot involved in that but an hour or so should do it if I set my mind to it, and my timer. This is quite a useful motivational tool for me. I set it for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break.
A job I really want to do - put away some winter clothes and get out some summer ones. In spite of the gloomy forecasts every day we've been having a great spell of weather lately..
Am feeling a bit more like this already!
A combination probably of making a plan, taking some action, having a mini holiday and appreciating the kindness of friends and family who sent encouraging e mails and comments, phoned me, visited and sent lovely cards when I was feeling low. I'm really blessed.
My sister sent me this birthday card (image by keith Ringland).
This was the view today of the light on the water of the Kyles of Bute, on the way back from a birthday treat at Portavadie. If you are in Cowal do seek it out. (The viewpoint on the B8000 north of Tighnabruaich and Portavadie..) Take a look at www.portavadiemarina.com
Following on from yesterday's post, here is my solution to my lack of energy and motivation (for now!)
I'll do 'the onceover' (see 26 Oct 2010). It gets the basics done, gets me moving, feels good when it's done for the day and doesn't take all that long. A good start.
When my daughter and I worked part time in a very old large garden where the work was never going to be done (in its heyday it had many full time gardneners)we devised an approach that got enough work done and kept us motivated:
Each day we thought of three jobs for the day -
An ongoing one
A 'start and finish' one
And one we really wanted to do.
I could try this at home....
I think I've always been a highly motivated person without having to think about it much. I just took it for granted that that is part of who I am.
Lately though, I'm struggling.
Being ill for a while slowed me down, and I can't seem to speed up again!
(Do I need to speed up I ask myself? Well, I quite like slow, I don't like to rush, but I can get bored with myself too. I like challenges and the sense of achievement that comes with getting things done.)
So what does the famously motivated Leo Babtua do? See http://zenhabits.net/top-20-motivations-hacks-overview/
Goal setting. Hmm.
What do I want to achieve today? So little really. I'm just coasting along, I'm getting lazy. My goals such as they are seem so mundane I'm embarassed to write them down, and as for making charts and giving myself marks and stars etc...isn't this childish? A bit pathetic? Feeble? I shall analyse my goals....sometimes it all sounds so, I don't know, obsessive, geekyeven! Why can't I just do it? (I do beat myself up a lot when I feel like this. Do you? It's not helpful.)
I've just remembered my word for this year is 'lighter' - so I could start by taking this more lightly and laugh and have a wee bit of fun with it....
I started thinking about this on Sunday morning and to motivate myself I though a cup of real coffee outside would be good to get me going. So what do I find when I lift the new packet of coffee off the shelf? It's called Lazy Sunday Coffee. Not the idea at all!
I see that one of my problems with goal setting is I set BIG goals then part way throught the day I realise I'm not going to get anywhere near achieving them and get disheartened. But 'baby steps' - another approach that does work feels just that - 'babyish'. I'm not a baby! So where is the happy medium for me?
By tomorrow I'll have some solutions - that's my goal.....What works for you? Do share.
Well that's novel!! I just checked to see if the link to zen habits worked and met this:
Page lost, a haiku
Our search is lonely
a footprint left in pure snow
blown into nothing
Don't worry...go into archive and scroll down to 2007, Feb 17....
....if not thousands!
The greenhouse is my happy place lately.
So sunny and warm I even have breakfast in there sometimes.
Where is your happy place today?
Did you have a look at http://casnocha.com/blog ? I liked the Apr 1st piece about how the dynamic Rahm Emanuel is trying to improve higher education in Chicago..
'This is a big book' says Steven Pinker of The Better Angels of Our Nature. The Decline of Violence in History and it's Causes which arrived today, 'but it has to be.'
Quite a tome, isn't it?
Excuse me while I make a start....