Thursday was cold and sunny, and the plot still too soggy to do any proper plotting, so I pruned the grapevine. Whilst doing that a robin appeared, and later I saw two of them mostly flitting in and out of the hawthorn.
As I was putting the secateurs back in the shed something caught my eye over by the wild patch. Looking round I was delighted to see a goldfinch perched on one of the teasels. I watched as it dipped it’s head to pull out a seed then look round before doing it again, and it did that more several times before flying off. As I’ve often mentioned I always grow a few teasels, pictured here a few weeks ago, in the hope of seeing one do this and at long last I have. I was too far away to take a picture but do please have a look at this wonderful photo of a goldfinch on a teasel head taken by Heather Lowe, a fellow member of the Facebook group Golin Great Tit!
I did the Big Garden Birdwatch yesterday and saw just the usual birds, and numbers, the best of which was a male chaffinch.
Recently I’ve read a handful of books set between just before WW1 through to the late 1930’s, which is period that I find really interesting. They included We That Are Left by Juliet Greenwood which was a most enjoyable, and satisfying, read being one of the best books I’ve read in ages.
I’ve just started a new to me series, the Hardcastle novels , set in London during WW1 and written by Graham Ison. I’m reading the first one, Hardcastle’s Spy, on my Kobo Mini e-reader, but I’m sure that the rest will include both library hardbacks and second-hand paperbacks. With thirteen books written so far they will hopefully provide me with plenty of good reading over the coming months.
Have a good week!