Ta-DAAA!!!

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I was watching this mute swan bathing, and I knew he was likely to rear up like this, because it’s very often the last stage of the bathing ritual before they shake all the feathers back into place, give a … Continued

Tulip

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The weather being horrible, and these tulips being almost over, I froze a new one – but I didn’t start it early enough and by dinner time it still wasn’t ready to be photographed, so I had to do something … Continued

I’m beginning to get the feeling….

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….that something’s watching me….. You could be right. A hare might possibly be watching you, or a kestrel, maybe – it’s a long way away, but their eyesight is superb, of course, and anyway, you’re quite… ummm…. chunky. Or maybe … Continued

Woodpecker

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I had a busy day today. This morning I reported some more bugs from last summer, and then designed and ordered some new business cards – not that I do this nonsense for money, but if I ask someone I … Continued

Exit Stage Left…

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…pursued (though only briefly) by a corvid. I always feel rather sorry for buzzards: they must be successful, because according to the RSPB they’re the UK’s most common raptor, but they never look as though they’re having much fun. While … Continued

Ready

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Three days ago we were shivering in sub-zero temperatures, and confined to the village by snow. This afternoon it was 12°C in the back garden, and I went out to fill the bird feeders and search (fruitlessly) for the hedgehog … Continued

Thawing

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I should have photographed this as soon as it was properly frozen yesterday, when the centre of the tulip was completely visible; I hadn’t realised that the ice would turn cloudier the longer it was left in the freezer. If … Continued

Another snow day

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I know that you were worrying about us all night, so I’ll put you out of your suspense: the Ocado man trekked heroically to our door this morning with much food, and more wine – though he said that he’d … Continued

Snowed under

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Worcestershire has been under an amber snow warning all day, and though the lying snow in the garden in only boot-deep, R tells me that some of the drifts on his walk this morning were thigh-high. Neither of our cars … Continued

Stay Puft

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The Beast from the East hasn’t treated us as badly as many other parts of the country (yet, at least), but it has been vilely cold today, with a strong, biting wind and regular flurries of snow. R went into … Continued