Not the best way to begin the New Year: a sore throat, headache, runny nose and feeling tired and a positive LFT! It’s not all doom and gloom though- it’s just a bad cold and like colds they can be spread very easily which is why Jim has also tested positive- not sure he’s delighted to have caught it from me!
Self isolation ends next week for both of us so looking forward to getting out and about again!
Staying in has meant lots of lying down on the settee and looking out the window at the sunrises, sunsets, birds and mice on feeders!
The birds have kept me amused from the shy woodpecker to the camouflaged log tailed tits!
Even though we have had a great deal of rain it surprised me to fine how many birds queue up for a wash in the bird bath and a drink.
I feed the birds once a day in the morning. However, I’m always pleased to see that the teasels and the other plants, with their seed heads left on through the winter, attract the birds too. Saves on the cost of the seed and peanuts which is really getting far too expensive! I think Senior Citizens should be given a bird seed allowance…as long as they don’t eat the seeds! Maybe I’ll start an online petition…I’d have to be careful how I’d word it…” Free bird seed for Senior Citizens” …nope ..I’ll have to rethink that one!
We’ve had a real mix of weather with heavy rains followed by frosty days and nights and swirling fog thrown in too! I bought a rain gauge to keep up with rainfall measurements and of course that was the best thing to do to stop the rain!
The garden has been very wet, wet, damp, and totally frozen but some plants have survived and are bringing colour to the borders already!
It’s good to see the garden coming back to life…after all it’s only January! There’s lots more of winter yet! The problems after Storm Arwen haven’t gone away but they’ll have to wait until the weather dries and brightens up!
Even if there have been a few ups and downs over the last weeks the garden and the views around certainly help to lift the spirits!
Thank you for reading. Do hope you are all keeping well and virus free. Hopefully in the UK all lockdown restrictions will be ended by the end of January and then the spring will really look like a season of new beginnings.