Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Todays blog is all about the Birds that visit our bird table and feeders at our Caravan in North Devon. We have lots more to put on at a later date. Most of the pictures were taken through the 22 year plastic windows in the van so I apologise for some picture quality.
Please do click on any photo to enlarge it.
Below a real favourite of ours the very attractive Nuthatch.
Below, the good old fashioned British Robin, probably the best known of our British birds.
This Song Thrush picture was one of only a few actually taken outside (not through a window) so quality is a little bit better.This Nuthatch (below) isn't in the slightest bit "Fazed" by the camera and often seems to pose, possibly saying "What do think your looking at".
Below, Here we have a Blue Tit about to "tuck in".
I had never seen a Nuthatch (below) close up until recently, now we have a pair, possibly three visit us regularly.
A Cock Chaffinch at the feeder, one of these males is so greedy, sometimes staying for 5 or 6 minutes stuffing himself.
Below, a Hen Chaffinch sitting inches away from us on our outdoor bench, she was just happily sunning herself.
Below a double on the Sunflower hearts, a Greenfinch and a Blue Tit (I think).
Again I have to apologise about the quality of some photo's, below a Coal Tit.
Below another Coal Tit.
Here Below we have a Hen Greenfinch.
We are constantly taking new Bird photo's so i will post another blog on them during the winter months.
Joke of the day.

After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe
sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas' pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident... Enjoy!

P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on backorder.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

And the best one for last..................
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob, you have captured some fantastic moments here. I love that little chap sunning himself! Really great. I had a little blue tit fall off the shed...I wonder if he was winded as he stayed put for a while then flew off after a moment.
We get a lot of Jays and I love to see them...I doubt I could capture the moment though!
Thanks for sharing these Bob, made my evening.
Thanks for the funnies too. I'll share them out amongst my lot tomorrow, cheers Bob, cheers Sue. x

9:52 pm  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Gday Bob,Lovely photo's of the birds in yor part of the world.. love the Red robin. something has caught the eye of the Nuthatch and Blue Tit as they peer around the feeder...

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