Autumn is a great season but Mother Nature often has a few tricks up her sleeve for the transition to winter. Although we changed back the clocks to have a little more light during the day - so we can see and be aware of each other - what is there to see is not pretty as the storm destroyed our beautiful autumnal show. A few trees fell or split in half, and the ones still standing have lost their beautiful shades of green, yellow and red. Not surprising that those trees look sad in the winter. They go from being tall, powerful and lush in their summer clothes, to becoming insignificant in the winter. We barely want to look at them!
Here in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark, people are preparing themselves to 'hygge' which is a bit like a 5* hibernation system. They apparently go from work to home straight away, light candles and invite friends and family around to have a good time. Sounds promising!! Hygge is the art of creating intimacy, a sense of comradeship and conviviality.
And hygge shouldn't have to be for us, humans, only - and since our group of friends is rather limited, we thought we would make bird feeders for our little flying friends, the birds :)
Here we used a few Cheerios and pipe cleaners to create fun shapes... It's quick and easy!!
Making birdseed feeders is a fun activity, incredibly easy, gratifying and will pull a few laughs!!
We made a mixture of honey, bird seeds and peanut butter in a bowl. Then we poured the mixture in a gingerbread man shaped cutter that we pierced with a plastic wall plug (a straw is good too) to hang it later.
Make sure you don't lick the spoon however tempting it may look!!
Place the cookie cutter in the freezer for a couple of hours and that's it. You'll then be able to hang it outside on a branch.
But in the meantime don't forget to make your own dinner...
We hanged the bird feeders in places where we can see them from indoors, and so we can watch the show while sipping a dark rum and coke... So far we've seen Blue Tits (mésanges), Great Tits and Nuthatches (sittelles).