Hummingbirds like the Marmalade Bush

Hummingbirds are such an amazing bird to watch,  they just love the flowers on the bush right outside our RV.  On the Mountain View RV Park there are tons of these bushes and I see hummingbirds all the time.

Hummingbirds

In England where I come from, there are no hummingbirds just flying around.  I am not an expert I just like them and they fascinate me.  I could just watch them all day they are fabulous.  When I have visitors from England they are just mesmerized by these little birds.

Hummingbirds are so tiny and quick at flying that you could easily miss them.  They flit, they fly, and they hovver.  The cool thing is though that when there is food around for them they stick around longer.

The humming birds hover in the air and use their beaks to get the nectar from inside the flowers on the bush that is outside our RV.  The bush is called a Marmalade bush and there are so many in this RV Park it is really pretty with orange everywhere.  The winter is coming so the orange petals are starting to fall to the ground.

We have a marmalade bush right by our outdoor grill.  We sat there barbecuing and just watched a hummingbirds come and feed, it is just an awesome site.

This was the hummingbird last night feeding from the marmalade bush.

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hummingbird outside our RV

When we lived in our house in Bakersfield, we had a couple of hummingbird feeders in the back yard that we kept full for them so that in the winter they had plenty to eat.  We had hummingbirds fighting over them it was so cool to watch.

Winter

I know that in California we do not really have harsh winters but have a thought for the hummingbirds when all the flowers have gone what are they going to eat.  Put out yourself a hummingbird feeder and then you can help them through the winter months.

Here is the feeder that we will be putting up in the winter ready to help them and this is the feeder that was in our back yard.  Just look at the hummingbirds they love it.

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Hummingbirds hovering around feeder

The solution that you put inside the feeder is sugar and water with one part sugar to four parts water,  boil the water to kill any bacteria let it cool and fill the feeder it is that easy.

 

Help the Humming Birds this winter.  Buy one today from Amazon

 

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El Nino – Are you safe

Mountain View RV Park.

El Nino

Mountain View RV Park

El Nino

Jacuzzi at Mountain View RV Park

We have just moved to a new RV Park in Santa Paula called Mountain View RV Park.  The Journey was only 20 minutes away so not a long journey at all.  Everything went well with the move and our spot was really easy to drive into.

Living here in Santa Paula, we feel quite safe.  The fact that with the El Nino, that people are talking about coming to California this fall, that we are going to be safe.

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Our spot at Mountain View RV park

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Lots of places to sit at the Jucuzzi

Santa Paula

Santa Paula is known as the citrus capital of the world and trust me there is orange and lemon trees everywhere you look.   Peter and I sing the song Orange and Lemons every time we go past them.  We just can’t help it.  We just love the smell.

In England where we are from we don’t have orange or lemon trees.  The first time we saw the orange and lemon groves here in this area was when we arrived in America in 2006 we had a trip to the beach at Ventura and drove down the 126 which were just lined with all the groves and it was just fascinating, we bought some oranges on our way home and they were the sweetest oranges and juiciest we had ever tasted.  Yum.

We really can’t believe that 8 years later we are living amongst the groves.  Just beautiful.

We really like living in RV Parks as we love meeting people and having a life that is as much indoors as outdoors and we like the fact that people who live in RVs meet up and socialize.

Peter just got home from work and we had a nice swim before dinner just fabulous, we were the only ones in the jacuzzi. A beer in one hand and a nice dip after a hard day, priceless.

The same day we moved in Mountain View RV Park we were invited over for snacks and a swim in the Jacuzzi with a few of the other guests staying at the park.  We met about 8 people and have already spoken to our wonderful neighbours who have been very helpful.

El Nino KTLA –  guideline.

On the news this morning they talked about being prepared for the El Nino coming in the fall.  It really made you think.  They explained all about what the El Nino is and to make sure that you know what to do should something happen like a mudslide.  Click the above link to see their explanation and the guideline they have said you should follow.

My take on it is that if you are prepared for earthquakes as you should be living in California, then you are prepared for the El Nino.  The same thing applies.  One of the things they did talk about though on the news was to make sure you have Wellington boots, they called them something else that Americans call them and I cannot remember what that is so here is a link of what the English call wellies

 

 

Keep your wellies in the car so that in the effect of a mudslide that you are able to walk away from the situation should you be trapped in your car.

We also feel that living further inland for the winter will be very beneficial, with the El Nino effect coming around the fall we have a feeling that living right by the beach may not be a good idea. Obviously you really do not know what can happen as living by the coast or inland in a valley can have a devastating effect no matter what.

The El Nino could cause mudslides from the mountains and the Santa Clara River in Santa Paula could fill and overflow or we could indeed have an earthquake living in California anyway.  We do feel a little safer inland from both as an earthquake could cause a Tsunami and being right there at the beach would not be a good place to be. Who knows what could happen but just that you should be prepared.

Be Prepared and check out the KTLA link above.

Stay safe and love to all.

 

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