Kissing Bunnies

Kissing Bunnies

I went into Saffron Walden this morning to collect our prescriptions and while I was there I took a picture of the Church spire. However, as I looked out of the window this afternoon I saw this mother and baby kissing, so these won over the spire. This picture was taken through the kitchen window and they were over on the far side of our orchard.

While I was in town I posted my electoral vote, for myself, for election to stand as a Governor for Addenbrookes NHS Trust; I hope I do not come last!

The weather has been variable, cold and windy, but also with some warm sunshine.

Gnarled Old Tree

Tree

 

I spent the morning at home doing normal everyday jobs and then visited my husband during the afternoon. They had not had a lot of sleep on the ward, as often happens when you are in hospital.

The weather was lovely and after visiting I then went to our daughter’s home as they had invited me to a bar-be-que. During a walk around their garden I saw this gnarled old tree with a large hole in it. It is likely to fall over so I decided it needed its few minutes of fame.

The Squirrel and The Crow

Squirrel and Crow

A lovely sunny day, but I have spent most of it working as I wanted to get everything finished this week. Tomorrow I am at Milton Keynes all day at a Staff Development Training Day when means catching the 0643 hours train to London, before travelling across London and then out to Milton Keynes.

Today’s picture is of a Squirrel and a Crow. The Squirrel came down from its nut box and chased the Crow away; it was getting too close to his nut box.

Reeves Muntjac – Mother and Fawn

two-muntjac

It was cold and dry when I walked with my husband to the surgery for his monthly blood tests, but almost as soon as we got home it started to rain; later the sun came out, but only briefly. As I posted this picture in the late afternoon we had a hail storm.

I took today’s picture early this morning just as it was getting light. I saw them through the conservatory window, quite close to the house, but before I had grabbed a camera they had moved over to our boundary, making them more difficult to photograph. Shortly after this picture was taken they walked along the boundary, you can see the fence in the background; the only two shots I managed to get of them after this one, as they left the garden were too blurry as they decided to run.

Sparrowhawk

 

sparrow-hawk

A morning of catching up with work, emails and various jobs, which have been neglected for a few days.

I also walked to our GP surgery to hand in my husband’s letter and to make an appointment for the nurse to “access his wound”. Addenbrookes were quite specific that it had to be done on Thursday 23 February. The surgery has no appointments available with the nurse or anyone else on that day; it cannot be looked at until 24 February. Addenbrookes said before he left yesterday that if there were problems to go directly to A and E and not bother with the GP.

Quite early this morning I was looking out of the kitchen window when I noticed an unusual movement at the bottom of one of our shrubs, just outside the kitchen window. The shrub has some bird feeders hanging from it. I grabbed my camera and took three pictures; as it heard the camera click it flew away. It is not a very good picture, no time to focus properly and taken through the window, but it is the first time I have seen a Sparrow Hawk in the garden. I often see them and some Buzzards flying over the marsh. I am assuming that it was looking for dropped bird food, which makes me think there is not much small wildlife about. However, Dougal, let out for the first time since my husband went into hospital, caught a mouse. He let it go while he came in for his Dreamies treats and then went out and caught it again. This time he killed it before coming in for more treats.

It is a dry day and does not feel as cold as it has been.

My First Snowdrop of 2017

 

It will not be the last!

snowdrop

This morning it was frosty, but not quite as cold as it has been these last few days.

I did some work with students, but spent much of the day ‘Spring’ cleaning, even though it is still January. Pictures of cleaning do not make much of a picture, so today’s picture is of a badly battered, trodden on (by deer?) and eaten Snowdrop. I have been looking in the garden daily for the Winter Aconites, which often appear before the Snowdrops, but they are nowhere to be seen. This Snowdrop is often the first one to flower and is one of those placed on my Splodge’s grave.