Sunday 8th January 2017
A week into the new year, and the hens and ducks are still locked up.
And, ironically, part of their roof has blown off, offering them a bit of fresh air, sunshine, and rain.
Their plight has made the regional press, with usual quota of journalistic errors. See http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15010478.Farmer_takes_action_after_avian_flu_alert/
Blissfully unaware of a flu epidemic, wild birds hereabouts are much happier than the incarcerated domestics ones. Today, a little flock of four fabulously-feathered Goldfinches clung on to the wire birdfeeder, prising out Niger seeds with their pointy beaks.
And on the other side of the house, a bright-beaked blackbird tried to mate, or do something pretty passionate, with its own reflection in a dirty old mirror by the compost loo. Could it be the same bright blackbird that swoops down to nick scraps of food the very moment it’s been thrown out to the pigs?
Our Newsletter looking back at 2016 and our hardcopy programme looking forward to 2017 are both back from the printers and will be stuffed into envelopes this week and sent out to those of you who are on the mailing list.
You will also be able to see both on our website shortly.