The Bum Barrel Gang

The Bum Barrel Gang passed through today,constant flicks of head and tail,skip and hop from twig to lichened twig,bare honeysuckle, then downto the sunflower hearts and fat-ballof the garden oasis. Garbed in pink and black,yellow eyeliner and pinched face,they lifted the soul for a moment,tails erect as conductor’s batons,driving nature’s…

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A Winter High

High pressure has been sitting over Europe. Temperatures across the continent have plummeted and a week ago the UK joined the party. With daytime temperatures rarely above freezing and clear night skies bringing minus double figures, the two doses of snow have remained on the ground, giving a crisp white…

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LTT – a beautiful acronym

Our bird feeders and their almost continual stream of visitors provide constant entertainment throughout the year. Combined with the kitchen radio they make the chore of washing the dishes slightly more bearable as you look out on the activities of our feathered regulars. There are some birds that visit however…

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A new arrival and some old favourites

I’ve been lousy at blogging (and keeping up on other people’s blogs) since Easter, largely due to the lighter evenings, the good weather, a rather important football match for my girls team (we drew 0-0 which was great) and preparations for a new business venture in the summer.This weekend saw…

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A return to Fowlmere

The Cambridgeshire Girls League football fixture list saw me in Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire on Saturday morning, so after the game I had the opportunity to drop in for a few hours to the RSPB Fowlmere reserve.A gentle stroll took in a couple of hides and produced the following bird list and…

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Lunchtimes at Tewinbury

My journey to work takes me along the B1000 which joins the gentle valley of the River Mimram as it passes to the east of Welwyn Garden City. Over a few days in the latter part of the winter I watched the progressing construction of bird hide at the entrance…

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