Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Squirrel Nutkin

I've made some fat balls to hang with the other feeders ...

 I think he likes them!

Monday, 11 December 2017

It's all about the weather!

Unlike in lots of other parts of the UK here at Hambleden we've so far had very little snow
On Friday (8th Nov Dec) just as we were about to put on our coats to go out for the bus to the gym it started to snow, hard.  We watched out the window and both decided that we wouldn't go.  However, (there's always a but!) we had planned to go into Reading Christmas shopping after gym so we decided that we'd rather get snowed in whilst shopping than exerting ourselves.  By the time we'd changed and went out for the Reading bus the snow had gone, but we did enjoy the shopping and lunch out!
Saturday we caught the bus into Henley.  We had both had a clear out of our wardrobes and a lot of 'stuff', winter clothes that we didn't wear last year had been put into a big bag so we split it down to make carrying easier and set off.  Unfortunately our favourite charity Blue Cross (for dogs) is closing down in Henley on Christmas Eve so were not taking any more donations, so we went next door but one and left it all at the Cancer Research shop.

All timed perfectly, we had lunch before walking the 2½ miles back  to the marina.  The day was very cold but dry and bright.
 Very imposing!
 Temple Island in the distance

 A very tall walking man sculpture as we approach Hambleden lock
 ... and in another garden this wonderful, weathered horse sculpture.
In the afternoon we got out the Christmas deco's and set too ...
Sunday morning there was a good blanket of snow everywhere and it was still coming down fast.  It eventually turned to sleet but the snow hasn't melted yet ... definitely a day to stay indoors by the fire!

We hope that all our boating friends are coping well with this winter weather and are staying safe, warm and dry.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

In the garden

 Early morning

 Fat balls

I've repositioned the feeds for easier photos
Mr Tesco sent me corn on the cob instead of lose sweetcorn - the birds love them!

... and the Greater Spotted Woodpecker has returned
 ... he heard the camera shutter!
And in the mill stream ...
Great Crested Grebe (in non-breeding plumage)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The feeding station ...

It didn't take long for the Parakeets to find the nuts this year.  According the the RSPB they feed mostly morning and evening but I've found them on the feeders at all times but usually not too early in the day or too late in the afternoon!
 A favourite British bird

 Oh! we had a Tesco delivery on that day too!
 Wrapped up in this effort for nuts!
 We often get Coots but only the occasional Moorhen
 I love the Chaffinches

 ... and the Pheasant is still strutting his stuff!