There’s not much to report really, what with following the lockdown rules and suchlike. Although I know some people are getting frustrated and bored, I’m quite content – and I have plenty to do! Every day there are a number of ‘jobs’ that seem to become apparent. Having said that, going through all the paperwork that had been shoved into various drawers and folders over the past year (and more) wasn’t the most exciting couple of hours – but very satisfactory when done! Even doing the weeding feels like an accomplishment – and it tones the hamstrings too, so has to be considered a bonus. I am focusing on a relatively small section per day [or two] attacking it with a hoe, leaving it until the next day and then sifting through all the debris and shoving it in the compost heap. The birds love it because it stirs up the grubs and worms! We have regular avian visitors – the robins who have been with us for a while (or at least various family members), a pair of blackbirds – although one is female as she is brown, various sparrows and finches (a brightly coloured chaffinch perched on the oak tree today). Also, some rather menacing starlings (or possibly rooks) and dozy, puffed-up wood-pigeons who haven’t got the sense or wherewithal to do anything other than waddle about or get themselves into an high-anxiety flap (literally).
Some days we don’t leave the confines of the house and garden, and on others might just walk into town’s North and High Streets, to buy milk and bread. However, the most common adventure is to do a circuit of the fields and rec near to the house- it’s never boring, as there is always something new to see that hasn’t appeared noticeable before.
Also, the bullocks are back – and they’re always entertaining – a contradictory mix of bravado and being intensely inquisitive, coupled with skittish nervousness!