Observations 14th April

After a bit of a dodgy start to the day, it’s turned out glorious, so we’ve made the most of it.
Not quite warm enough for shirtsleeves on our walks, cardigans were good enough.
Walking through the park, there was a lot of honking going on and geese chasing off other geese from nesting sites. There’s no sign of the small flock of greylags I saw last week
though the solitary one and her partner are still together.
The swans have also gone, and the number of ducks aren’t as many as last year or the year before. This could be because there are no visitors coming in to feed them.

Walking round the block, the birdsong is wonderful. So many different kinds, all in a joyous harmony that warmer days are here. The laurel and privet bushes are teeming with sparrows, some not so shy as to hide in the foliage, but sit and sing on the outer branches, undeterred by either the dog or I as we walk by. Blackbirds call and cheep to their mates, and this year I have seen goldfinches for the first time since our arrival.
Blue and great tits are visiting our garden, as is a tiny wren and the cheeky robin which perches on the fence eyeing up the freshly dug soil. The worms in that we have composted are fat and juicy, and judging by the amount that both male and female blackbirds are flying away with, I think there may be a nest with chicks near by.

Maggie has been lucky today and had several walks. This afternoon we went up on the prom to remind us what the beach looks like.

Picture from July 2018

There were a couple of cyclists and one other dog walker on the prom itself, and two people at opposite ends of the beach with their dogs. Yesterday the police were patrolling the prom at both ends, and on Easter Sunday we understand it had actually been sealed off. It’s so quiet, you could probably hear a pin drop from half a mile away, but I swear the air is cleaner and fresher, and everything looks brighter and more colourful.

Like most, we have no idea how long this lockdown will last, and envisage months rather than weeks. Small businesses that rely on the Easter and summer trade to see them through the colder months may never recover. Our local chippy has just had a complete outside facelift and last week had a notice up that he was only opening two evenings. Now that has been removed and like the restaurant and bar next door he will remain closed for the duration.

So far, the weather has been kind and I am grateful that we are able to get out to enjoy our natural surroundings and do our shopping. In today’s circumstances, it makes you appreciate the little things so very much.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Observations 14th April

  1. The quiet and small things heard and observed are one good thing that has come out of this. A bit of peace amid chaos. We are so lucky to have that. Like you, I hope the small shops and restaurants manage to hang on and return.

  2. Lisa Coleman says:

    We love having the nature places to ourselves. We have been getting out once a week to one of the wildlife refuges that is still open and we generally no people and only the birds. We did see a gator last week.

    • We have nature on our doorstep, though haven’t seen an seals on the beach, but we haven’t really been up there very much, so they could have been resting on the shore. Lovely creatures, but the seal sanctuary is closed..

      • Lisa Coleman says:

        We donโ€™t have seals on our beaches. My hubby did see and photograph a gator on the beach here one year. It was a rare sighting on the Atlantic Ocean. I will have to try and find it and blog about it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      • I shall look forward to that. Apart from pictures taken at the sanctuary two years ago, I haven’t got any of the seals on the shoreline here……. yet!

  3. jenanita01 says:

    I’m not sure if we are allowed to go for a walk, being over 75… But we walk around the garden!
    You sound well, Di …keep it that way!

    • It is confusing. We have a neighbour who is fit and well and just turned 70, but afraid to go out in case she’s breaking the rules, then we have other residents in their 80s who still go out under their own steam on mobility scooters, and one guy in his 70s goes for a five mile run every day! We’re in our 60s so the age thing doesn’t really apply and we’ve been avoiding people for weeks as a matter of course. We are doing OK though, and I’ve even managed to keep the weight under control. Hope you are good and keeping sane through all this.

  4. You are so lucky to live close enough to see a peaceful beach like that. Glad your weather has cooperated.

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful post Di๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  6. murisopsis says:

    The birds are twitterpated – saw a male cardinal courting 2 females. I think he was over reaching! The mourning doves are making nests and the ducks are completely quackers. We had a female mallard and her mate lay an egg right on the curb in the neighbor’s front yard… There are so many better spots but with little to no car traffic I suppose she thought it an adequate spot!

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