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Snow, snow and more snow

We woke up this morning to a blanket of white.  It had been forecast so we were forewarned and had stocked up on groceries.

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The UK never copes well with snow.  Schools and airports are shut; workers have not gone in today; roads are in chaos.  I’m jolly glad we didn’t have to go out in the car today.  I think the UK just doesn’t have enough snow ploughs or snowblowers, so every time we get snow the country grinds to a halt.

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The hens were not at all happy, never having seen snow before they didn’t want to venture out.  We tried to tempt them with food but only a couple came down the ramp.

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The Fruit cage has collapsed.  The weight of the snow on the nets has pulled it down.  That’s going to be a big job to mend that.

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We donned our hats, scarves, coats and boots and went for a walk, crunching through the newly laid snow.  It was not so nice with the snow blowing onto our faces, but envirgorating to be outside.

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I love making footprints in the snow……

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Not much traffic had been down our lane.

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We must have had at least 4 inches of snow, more in some places.  It’s beautiful the way it sits on gates and hedges.

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Walking back up the lane towards home, we got a view of our house in the snow, a welcome sight, knowing how warm it is inside.

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Luckily we don’t have any B&B guests booked in at the moment, as I think they would struggle to get here today.

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Sparrowhawk in the fruit cage

Our neighbour called us the other evening to say there was a bird caught in our fruit cage.  I went down to investigate and to open the door to let it out thinking it would be a pesky blackbird as they will do anything to get to my raspberries.  Instead when I got there I found it was a sparrowhawk.  I recognised it by its yellow legs.  It had found a gap in the netting between the roof netting and the side netting.

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It was flapping about and flying back and forth, but of course did not see the open door that would have meant its freedom!!.  I didn’t fancy going into the fruit cage as I wasn’t sure if the bird would attack me if I got too close.  So I called Neil and he came down with a towel.  His idea was to wrap the towel around the bird, prise it from the netting and then set it free.

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However, before we got round to doing that the bird found the same gap it had entered through and quickly freed itself and flew away.  You can see where the green string that was keeping the roof netting and the side netting together has come apart, so now we have some repair work to do before the same thing happens again.

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Mr Blackbird is well fed up

Neil’s mate Fid arrived today to stay for a couple of days.  Neil and he set to work on putting up the netting for the fruit cage.  It was difficult getting the netting over the top of the poles to form a roof, and then tensioning it so it was equal all the way round.  This took several attempts. They then built a door in the side , which hinges to allow entry.

We could then remove the temporary netting we had had over the gooseberry bushes and some of the raspberries.  As we were sitting admiring the work, we noticed Mr Blackbird getting in a spin.  He was barging against the netting trying to get in.  Now I know who has been stealing my raspberries.  With the netting there his thieving will have to stop but he’s not happy.  He’s hopping all around the netting trying to find a way in but to no avail.

So Blackbird zero, us and the fruit cage one point!!

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