The thing with living in the city is that you really have to work on integrating nature into your living space. We live in a townhouse, in a compound, smack in the middle of Tondo. The view from the window would be your neighbor's window, if you must visualize. I remember a friend's 3 year old, wanting to open our window so she can see the birds, I just had to tell her, madumi, no birds. So sad.... Ever since we have been trying to rehabilitate the view from that particular window. 
Potted Plants

I decided on planting Ampalaya! I'm sure this is not the best looking or the nicest smelling decision, but if it does work, it would not only provide good coverage, but also give M fresh veggies to eat. I've seen some, wildly growing on the neighboring walls. So I know that the conditions here at our place would be conducive. Also, since I have no experience in "gardening" starting off with easy to acquire and low maintenance plant seems to be a good idea. I really hope they climb well on the railings, that serves as border / enclosure to the little outdoor space we have.
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Baby ampalaya plants. Seeds and pot brought from nearest grocery store.


Bird Feeders

Husband's idea. Next goal is to have some nice tweeters to sing to the baby in the morning. Also, we are able to use our creativity in recycling milk cans, we seem to have quite a collection right now. Since its installation, I have yet to see actual birds on them myself (The nanny says she has seen one). One achievement though, I have been HEARING the birds more now compared to before. Maybe they're just shy. I'll give them more time.

Here is how I made one of the feeders:
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materials : cardboard, empty milk can, stick, acrylic paint, cutters, tape and pencil
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trace cardboard with half the curve of the milk can. then, cut slits on the outer portion. this is so we can tape the cardboard following the shape of the can
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tape the cardboard like so, with th eslits and tape "inside" the can. this will serve as holder for the bird feed
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punch holes at the bottom of the can using a nail and a hammer. this is so you can tie the bird feeder on a branch or on a railing
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decorate the can, here I gave it a more natural look by painting leaves on it. afterwards, insert the piece of stick on the cardboard (I just taped it again inside) so the birds will have somewhere to perch on
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hang the feeder using some wire or sturdy string. Don't forget to add the bird feeds inside!
It is still  work in progress, but there are already some major improvements. Hopefully we can find success for our little patch of green dream.
 


Comments

11/21/2012 8:20am

Why not! Why not indeed. Now let's wait for that awesome birdy moment. ;)

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11/22/2012 2:52am

I hope so Nats. Wierd thing is, the bird feeds are getting consumed naman... So either their just that stealthy or other creatures are eating the feeds... I just hope its the former :/

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