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Garden Trugs the new addition to the family

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Decided to complement my birdtables with another product and chose to make some garden trugs. I am absolutely ecstatic about how they have turned out. I am sure you will agree they look wonderful. I will be putting some gift sets together with these for the Christmas Market (Although they make a pretty good standalone present I am sure you will agree. See our store


My most important Blog ever

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Came across a link posted to me and realised this information had to be shared.

My dad had a stroke and he still suffers with the effects today.

Cant say how happy I am that he survived. But I used to work in the NHS and there is simply not enough done to promote peoples awareness. There is always some new initiative Diabetes,smoking,blood pressure etc which takes the next priority in the media.

Stroke awareness for obvious reasons is still important to me . .  so please . . take time to read these simple tests . They might save someone in your family from death or great disability.

You can pick whichever you think you will remember the easiest.

HOW TO DETECT A POSSIBLE STROKE - REMEMBER ONCE SUSPECTED ACT IMMEDIATELY- THINK GOLDEN HOUR!!

Method One

STR + Tongue

  • SMILE - Is it lopsided?
  • TALK - Is speech impaired with a simple sentence? Try anything 'Today I am wearing red shoes' etc doesn't matter what
  • RAISE - Lift both arms - Do they both come up as strong as each other? Is one side weaker or drooped?
  • + TONGUE - When they stick out their tongue is it crooked or lopsided?

Method two

FAST

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness or
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time to call 999

Obviously I am fully aware myself of these simple steps so I can continue to monitor my dad bless him.


Hearing a happy voice...

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I had a very pleasant experience today.

After some consideration (not much as it seemed quite a good idea) It was decided to hold a competition with the winner being given a free Birdtable of their choice from the Dacre/Summerbridge or Darley range. After the requisite period of time the entries were checked and the correct entries were then put into a random selection using This random number generator.

The winner was a lovely lady called Fiona Muir from Birmingham.  It transpired that she had in fact already ordered a birdtable and she was then given an option of a refund for her existing purchase or the provision of a further birdtable free of choice...

here was Fionas' reply.. Please can I proceed with my existing order of the Darley table in old cream and can I have a summebridge in the old cream as the competition prize because I spent some time before I ordered trying to decide between the two.'

That reply was very encouraging as it meant we had created more than one product that our customers wanted.

Fiona also said . .

Hi Mark,


Thank you very much for your e-mail and I am delighted to be the winner of a birdtable, because I never win anything! 

Lets hope this is the start of a winning streak for this lady  :)

You can enter our free competition to win a birdtable here


What is your favourite Birdtable Bird?

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Mine is the Bullfinch with its lovely dusky red/pink and black cap.. how about yours?

http://www.acepoll.com/polls/1253026-what-is-your-favourite-birdtable-bird

Ground feeding birdtable

Posted on April 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Toaday I saw a rather sad woodpigeon hanging around one of my birdtables in the back garden. He could not get onto the table as he was too fat so I could not understand his interest. Then I realised , he was simply waiting for other birds to feed so he could jump down and take the scraps from the floor. Well within 5 minutes I had quickly made my way to the workshop and immediately created a new product. A ground feeding birdtable for that sad looking pigeon.

Hope you like it.. :) you can get one here only £14.99 plus postage :D



Rustic Birdtable only 24.99 Harrogate Birdtables

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok so the website is called Painted Birdtables and we started out making painted birdtables but although the original business plan was not to produce a budget birdtable so we would not have to compete on price with mass manufacturers and far east importers we did indeed introduce a budget birdtable. This happened because when we did our figures we realised it was possible and also because we felt we could also produce a high quality item even in that price range. The design the 'Dacre' has proved so popular it now sells on a one to one basis with our luxury painted birdtables proving that we could bring a suitable product to market without compromising on quality or design. What is significant about the design is the fact it is full sized and not a reduced size item to meet costs. You can see more here or even dare I say buy one :D

Blog entry March 2013 price correct at time of writing

Birdtables,nestboxes and wild bird food - The battleground.

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Feeding wild birds has come on a little since I was a boy. Throwing out your old crusts and perhaps even  a few bacon rinds in the winter was the accepted norm when I was young. There certainly wasn't a huge industry producing wild bird seed in fancy coloured  packages. The birds certainly weren't spoiled to the extent they are now either.

Please take a seat Mr Blue Tit. Your chef will be along shortly. What can we get for you sir? We do a very nice Sunflower seed or we have a Black Sunflower seen if you prefer sir. The Special today is the Premium High Energy mix sir can we interest you in Niger seed? . .  . . . . . . .

you get the picture and Nestboxes have to be this size or that size and the holes must be the right size within 4mm or you wont get the species of bird you want nesting...Or perhaps you will get a Skinny Sparrow in your Blue tit Box and a Fat Blue Tit in your Sparrow Box??!! 

What makes me delve into this subject is my recent attempts at feeding wild birds myself and a sudden realisation the there might be a real war going on out there in the gardens of England. I put some of my Birdtables out in my garden and started just putting a generic wild bird food on the tables. Prior to doing this birds used to just fly past my garden like the holiday jets you watch in the sky and wonder what exotic location they are heading for. 

Within 2 weeks I was amazed to find birds I hadn't seen much of before were suddenly in my garden taking turns to land on my birdtables grab some food and flit off to a nearby branch where they would deftly attack a seed to get to the kernel and throw the husk. I had Blue Tits, Great Tits , Chaffinches , Bullfinches , Coal tits . . .

Everything in the garden was lovely. until suddenly Paranoia set in. Where is that Bullfinch that was here yesterday?? Oh no I bet Mrs Smith has put some better seed out curse me for putting out cheap seed I'll never see that lovely bird again!    So I PLOTTED! yes I plotted I actually did. No stale seed in my bird garden , oh no absolutely not. I am going to keep my bird seed FRESH yep thats it FRESH. Oh and  my nestboxes I better makes sure they are in place straight away hadn't I. Mrs Smith had better not think they will be staying over in her garden because I have a much nicer nestbox than she does how could they possibly want to live over on her garden?

Birdtable Goodness! I hope they like my Birdtable it is painted lovely but hang on maybe the birds want something a little more rustic a little more natural? Oh and what if they would prefer the birdtable hanging in the tree instead of on a stand?

I guess this battle with Mrs Smith could escalate , you know as an avid non gardener and lover of shrubbery and hardy perenials I have even googled plants to attract wild birds!     This could be a story that runs and runs!

Mrs Smith better look out I am planning a Birdtable with a Jacussi and room service in the nestboxes and Heston Blumenthal is going to send me a fat ball recipe oh yes as soon as I finish my therapy Mrs Smith had better look out..Now where's that Blue Tit Costume I got from the fancy dress shop?




New small add design...all my own work :)

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Luxury Bespoke Painted / personalised Kennel

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So after designing products to keep wild birds happy in your garden with a place to sleep and a place to eat I turned my attention and my trusty sawblade to another product. Like everything I make it is not acceptable for it just to do its job , to me it has to look right aswell. It needs to be slightly different and to stand out.

This is what I hope I have achieved with the new Kennel design. I have added a plaque so the dogs name can be added and the external colour can be of customer choice. Add in a rustproof fitting to take a lead and a choice of colours and hopefully owners will be as happy as the dogs are in the carpeted interior. :)



Brookside Nursery Harrogate

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

NEW STOCKIST

For anyone wishing to view our Birdtables direct or buy and collect you can now do so by visiting Brookside Nursery Harrogate . Brookside is the Nursery as you enter Harrogate from Leeds on the left hand side just before Almsford Bank after Pannal.

There you will be able to touch , feel  , see and hopefully buy directly from them... :)




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