I know the forecast says a risk of snow and overnight temperatures over the next couple of weeks occasionally below zero but,as reported earlier, the trees are in, and yesterday we saw the first leaves beginning to emerge on some of our wild roses.
They are very small, and you need to get quite close to see them at all, but they are there and heralding the arrival of spring.
Now we are looking forward to the return of our visiting birds and, who knows, maybe even an electrician!
On that note, Rik came around yesterday with the guy who is going to do the blockwork for supporting the decking area. It still looks as though we shall have that in time for Easter. Whether the balustrade will be done by then is still up for grabs, but if the structure is there and usable …
We saw a new bird this morning. It seemed to be trying to get into the study – hovering outside the window looking in. At first sight I thought it looked like a pied wagtail or even a white wagtail, Clare thought a long-tailed tit. It was too lean and a little too large for the tit and its markings looked more like a pied or even a collared flycatcher. When it flew off, there was definite bright yellow around its rump, like a bluetit. Grey wagtail is a possibility, although there was too much black. I’m baffled. Maybe we’ll get a better look at it another time.
À la prochaine