Monday, May 07, 2007

One of the things I love about you blog readers is your ability to get enthusiastic about the things that get me excited. Thank you so much for all the good wishes on the 'birdhouse' day.

But for the record, this is no birdhouse. Oh no, it's a veritable bird palace, a dovecote.


And I am still flabbergasted that I built it from a pile of planks. Although I know I did, because I still ache in places that I didn't know I had muscles. Because that sucker took a lot of hand sawing.

Paulus and his wife Jane run a whole series of courses out of this beautiful sandstone barn. I think I'm going to ask for one for every birthday and Christmas present from now on!

It was amazing to loose myself for a whole day, totally absorbed in the moment. And someone else bustling about bringing me tea, homemade cake and biccies, and serving me a wonderful home-cooked lunch in the garden.

Now I think I am going to paint my dovecote white and I have the perfect spot in the garden planned for it. But any local doves (or pigeons more likely) are going to be sorely disappointed, because my house is cunningly designed to be too narrow for them to roost in.

What? Did you think after all that work that I was going to let some birdie take up residence and crap all over it?

25 comments:

melissa f. said...

it's gorgeous, ali! wonderful work.

kirsten said...

lovely - it will be perfect in white!
(poor birdies! :)

Sarah said...

So beautiful! I want to make the beehive compost bin (and theoretically could, because it's not too far from where my boyfriend's Mum lives) but it might be awkward to try and get home on EasyJet - although it might be worth it just to see the look on their faces when I walk up to the plane with it under my arm!

capello said...

i think that bird palace is bigger than my entire home.

beki said...

Wow, that is impressive!!

Ash said...

Ooh, it's gorgeous! I can fully understand the not wanting the doves crapping on the birdhouse thing ...

Megan said...

Wonderful work Ali. Really great.

lazylol said...

Wow that is impressive! It sounds like you had the most lovely day.

karen said...

Wow, that is just fantastic. What a lovely day out!

pungsnotded said...

You MADE that! That is so wonderful. If I ever made a birdhouse it would have to be out of popsicle sticks. You did such a good job!

Mirre said...

That's the cutest birdhouse I've ever seen... I wouldn't mind living in there ;)

Amy said...

How fun - what a wonderful day of learning something new! Doves - they are kind of useless anyway. We have tons of them in our yard (white winged doves) and they just eat all our seed and don't eat any of our bugs in return. No house for them!

Gina said...

Between the beautiful dovecot and that wonderful tray of tea and such. It wish I was there to help you. I think it will be stunning painted white. You did a wonderful job...

nuttnbunny said...

I love the devious too-narrowness of it's beauty :-)

TinkerBlue said...

Impressive. And I like you cunning plan to keep the birds off.

SadieandLance said...

Ha ha that's hilarious that you built a bird house but not for any real birds. Nice one!!

janet clare said...

really beautiful work. I need one too please!

Lucy said...

I love it. I particularly like the fact that it isn't actually big enough to be a bird house so it will never get dishelvelled. Well done that girl!

raspberry said...

It is beautiful, and I agree, don't want any poo on it!!!!

julie said...

Wow!!! That is beautiful! I love the little wooden shingles. You're definitely right to want to keep it guano free!! Sounds like you had a great time making it too - that tea tray looks worth the visit on it's own.

monica said...

how beautiful!!! I'm really jealous... that place is too far from here...

YOu've done such a great job... what did the hub say?


Does this mean an overnight stay away from home? by myself?

dee said...

thats so awesome - the birdies will be so pampered... for a little bit anyway!

Flibbertygibbet said...

That's great! I want to go there now too...

Angel Jem said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love the house... are you sure you want to put it outside in the wind and the rain, why not keep it inside and let little people inhabit it?

caroline said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant day - and what a fantastic dove house to come home with. You must show us a photo of it all painted and in situ.