Protect Your Pets

Protect Your Pets

Protect Your Pets

The Wisley redwings have a very important message for everyone today! Small decorations and their parts can be a choking hazard to pets and young children, as demonstrated by this helpful redwing. Try to place them out of reach and if you have dogs, please don’t hang chocolates on your tree as it’s toxic to them. We don’t place any decorations on the lower part of our tree (including the lights) and we place the tree in a corner, with gifts and other obstacles around it to protect our cats. Tinsel is well known for causing intestinal blockages in pets so it’s best left in that box! Even the pine needles on live trees can cause intestinal problems. If you see your pets chewing branches please try to block off the tree from their reach or do as we do and get a synthetic tree. It’s still very pretty! Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia can all be poisonous to your pets. Mistletoe is also harmful to humans, so please keep it well out of reach of children and make sure you clear up any fallen berries. You can educate your children about the dangers of toxic plants when they’re old enough but I haven’t yet found a way to educate my cats!

Finally the redwings would like me to remind you all to keep feeding the birds!


Twelve Days ‘Til Christmas: On The Fourth Day

Twelve Days 'Til Christmas: On The Fourth Day

Daily Prompt: Memories of Holidays Past

What is your very favourite holiday? Recount the specific memory or memories that have made that holiday special to you.

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Keep Singing!

On the fourth day of Christmas, whatever did I see?
Four friends at Wisley,
Three kids and Chitty,
Two pipers playing
A Santa with a rabbit on his knee!

Another great family day out, this time at RHS Wisley Gardens. My godchildren, Rosie and James, are very precious to me. As is their mum, my beloved friend Nikki!

Nikki’s mum, Chris, and my parents joined us today for a wander through the Wild Woods watching the birds feasting on berries and singing in the trees.

Then we headed for The Glasshouse to see the beautiful Christmas displays. The Glasshouse team have been very clever this year with the combinations of plants and baubles leading through the different climatic zones!

Another great holiday memory to add to a treasured catalogue 🙂