Hope springs eternal.

The sun shone for two whole days last week.   *Note to self – buy black out bedroom curtains.   The unaccustomed light drew me into the garden.  I have Snow Drops!   New garden, have no idea what grows.   Bulbs are sprouting. Could be anything.   Time will tell.


snowdrop 3

My barometer is the hanging baskets of winter pansies.  Most mornings they hang, frozen, dead to the world.   A few rays of sunshine and they lift their heads. smile and stand erect.     Very impressive.


It took a day or two before the birds returned.   But word has spread – the restaurant has reopened.

blue tit 3

Blue tits, Great tits, Mr and Mrs Black Bird.  Mr and Mrs Robin.   A handful of Dunnocks constantly harassed by the Robins, who consider the garden their exclusive territory.    A fleeting glimpse of the Wren.   Magpies.   Usual suspects.

New customers are a pair of Long Tail Tits and a single ponderous Wood Pigeon (what we would call in SA, a Rock Pigeon).   Have dubbed him Hoppy – seems to have a gammy leg.

Haven’t attempted any photography of the newbies. That will have to wait until … erm, April?    Meanwhile, if the sun comes out again I might consider sitting out in the garden, freezing buns off – and hope the birds will get used to the sight of me.



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10 Responses to Hope springs eternal.

  1. Lovely photos, Footsy!

  2. colonialist says:

    What a sweety of a tweetie!

  3. Looks very promising indeed. Lovely photos. 🙂 xx

  4. Arkenaten says:

    Fab photo of the blue tit.
    Thunderbirds are go!

  5. cocoaupnorth says:

    Sounds like you’re in spring already with all tits in your garden:-). Enjoy the beautiful season.

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