The north wind doth blow

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She looked out of her London window this morning and saw a fox enjoying a little snooze in the sun.

We had some sunshine here too today but only after a cold night and waking to find a sprinkling of snow on the lawn in the morning. It snowed again after breakfast, but it came to nothing, and the sun was shining when I walked up to have coffee with Sandy. If you look very closely at the picture that I took on my way, you might just make out a scattering of snow on the hill.

There was another brisk and swirling snow shower while we sipped and chatted, but there was no sign of snow on the ground when I walked home.

It felt extremely chilly in spite of the sun, thanks to the rude north wind, and I was happy to go inside and finish off the Langholm Initiative newsletter. It is just waiting for approval from above now before I send it out.

When I had finished, I watched the birds. On my first look, I saw a single siskin . . .

. . . but soon there was mayhem, with siskins and goldfinches competing for every seed.

Goldfinches may look sweet, but they are not above putting the boot in.

A redpoll looked very shocked by such behaviour.

There was so much traffic that I filled the second feeder and put it out too. The birds were grateful and a chaffinch got a look in at last.

Light snow showers came and went over lunchtime while I made a Stilton and cauliflower soup. I have never made Stilton and cauliflower soup before, as I usually make Stilton and celery soup. This was a good experiment though, and the cauliflower version was much better than the celery.

I footled about after lunch for a bit, but when yet another snow shower passed over leaving some blue sky behind, I took a risk and went for a walk.

As I stepped put into the garden, the sun made me very welcome.

. . . and it continued to shine on me as I walked along the river.

At the Kilngreen, Mr Grumpy and friends were being fed by a bird lover.

I kept an eye out for developing clouds, as I didn’t want to be caught out in a snow shower, but the skies stayed clear while I walked up to the pheasant hatchery without stopping to take too many pictures.

As it was so sunny, I had to take a few on my way up the Lodge Walks though.

And as the sun stayed out . . .

. . . I took a few more on my way home.

I would liked to have crossed the Duchess Bridge and walked down the path on the far side of the river, but the path is still closed after the storm damage last November . . .

. . . so I had to walk down to the Jubilee Bridge and then come round the Scholar’s Field.

The skies had clouded over by the time that I got home, but I took a moment to record the promising plum blossom before I went in.

The convenient gap between showers which let me get out today meant that I have been able to go for a walk or cycle ride everyday bar one in March. I hope that April is just as kind.

A quiet day was followed by an even quieter evening.

The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch with outstretched wings amongst the busy traffic at the feeder.

Footnote: Sandy, who often reads the blog, would like me to say thank you on his behalf for the many kind comments made by readers. He appreciates them very much.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

28 thoughts on “The north wind doth blow

  1. We had a really heavy snow shower here – SW England! – for a few minutes this afternoon, and the snow settled for a couple of them. 31st March!
    I have never heard of, let alone seen, a heron accepting food from a human before.

    1. We had several little snow showers yesterday and one or two more today but none of them have been heavy. Our heron is a bit of an oddity, I agree.

  2. Nice to see the robin in the tree but it’s too bad it didn’t have a family in your yard.
    It was nice to see the wood anemones too, and the plum buds. I don’t know of a plum tree I can go see, but we have plenty of cherries.
    Mr. Grumpy must be very used to people. You’d never find one doing that here.

    1. That heron has been fed for many years which is why it is so happy to stand still to be photographed. The man who used to feed it has died so the present feeder is carrying on a tradition.

  3. A fox taking a nap in the middle of London… How nice πŸ™‚
    Last night we had some snow too and it’s much more cold than we where used to the days before.
    I hope we can do a reset to sping soon.

  4. I am glad Sandy is better!

    Snow in April happens here sometimes. Much worse is the dreaded hail in June. That sets us back for sure.

    Your bird feeder was certainly active, including the mugging of a goldfinch by a fellow goldfinch. Your camera trained on the feeder is better than CCTV. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, the goldfinch mugging was very shocking. We have had to put on clothes that we had only just taken off as our temperatures have returned to winter for a week.

  5. Not many people are fortunate enough get to see the punch ups and tantrums that happen around your bird feeders except of course the sensible people that subscribe to your posts! The antics of the birds are fascinating. Even though I watch my bird feeder carefully I rarely see such behaviour our birds are better behaved! Love the photos from your walk too. Good to read that Sandy is recovering well.

    1. The sunshine was all the more welcome for being unexpected. The weather this week has been much better than the long range forecast said that it would be.

  6. I’m as shocked as the redpoll at the outrageous behavior of the goldfinch. They haven’t learned any manners have they? Your spring weather is looking quite delightful. Even Mr Grumpy looks almost cheerful.

  7. Our resident Mr Grumpy who I see regularly while cycling on the towpath to and from, is also very camera shy. I have tried so often to stop and take a picture, but, to date he just lifts off and lands further down the canal side. I often think he is just teasing me. After three or four attempts he just flies off well out of shot. Doah!!!!

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