I suspect that most places in England had snow falling pretty-much all day yesterday, and we were no exception here. Prompted by my pal Titus, I did a check and reckon we had about 6 inches (15 cm). I didn't attempt to venture out, but some did - and regretted it! In fact I had great difficulty in tearing myself away from my study window, as the birds were going mad.
During breakfast we had a garden first for the year in the form of a Redwing, which only stopped briefly in our cob nut tree.
Shortly after breakfast we had a garden 'lifer'. OK, so it's not a rare bird, but it really excited me! At first I thought we were being visited by a Song Thrush, as we sometimes see one in the garden if we have a harsh winter. However, something didn't look quite right through the falling snow, so I raised my bins to it - Mistle Thrush!! I only got rubbish images because of the low light and it being about 14 metres away through the falling snow, but I have to include it here 'for the record'.
|Mistle Thrush - our garden|
The day continued to be manic, with an estimated 10 to 13 lb (5 to 6 kg) of bird food being consumed, but not as manic as Doug McFarlane's by the sound of things. I spent most of the day concentrating on Bramblings - more on this subject in my next post.
I'm still not sure if I'm going to continue with appending music clips to my post. I have decided, however, that I'm dropping ensuring that each clip has a connection to the previous clip. Instead, I will concentrate on influences and favourites, mainly in a chronological order. So here goes!
One of my earliest musical likes was Ricky Nelson, so much so that I ensured that I became known as Ricky, rather than Richard. When Mr. Nelson changed his name from Ricky to Rick in 1961 I followed suite soon after. I'm still known as Rick by family and older friends, but decided around 1975 to revert to Richard in a work environment, and this then became how introduced myself to all new acquaintances - except when I had my blues band!
This is a moody ballad from Mr Nelson.