Just before the winter weather started, some opportunist thief or thieves stole all of the bird-feeders and seed from the bins in the nature-reserve. John heard about this and got online to members of the birdwatching forum he belongs to. They sent the hat round, and their generous donations were enough to buy a new load for the birds.
It’s been very beautiful today, with the small lake at Bough Beech frozen over like white icing on a pond-cake. When I got home a late Christmas card had arrived from my friend Ying in China, and it had two beautiful bird stamps on – scanned in here for your delight, dear reader!