Work work work.
Cuckoo! Bald headed robin. The first squirrel finds the bird feeders…..
This week and next week I’m working a full working week as we migrate and test one of our existing systems onto a new version a new server. A shock to the system in some ways, but it’s nice to have time …. usually my 20 hour / 2.5 day working week is spent manically Getting Things Done. This week I’ve had time to think.
We’ve a bald headed robin visiting the bird feeders.
Not a healthy looking feathered fella / fella-ette, I thought it was leucistic initially, with a white head and lower body, but once we got a better look the poor thing has a bald head. Googling suggests feather mites. There is another robin that feeds it, so another possibility is that it’s a baby and the head feathers are just a little late to come in. I hope so.
On Saturday morning I heard the first cuckoo of the year.
Frosty nights are back, and although some mornings are beautiful –
… it’s still quite cold without the sun. On Tuesday – a cold day with cloud and rain – we even lit the stove. MORE rain on Monday. Lots.
A good Bank Holiday weekend, albeit shorter than my usual.
Dad and Jean came over for coffee on Saturday morning and on Sunday morning we did the Bacton Square, picking two large bags of wild garlic at Bacton Stud and finishing up with a very sociable section in and around Abbey Dore with chats in the Abbey porch, at the Old School House, the end garden in Dore Hamlet and the Old Magistrates Court.
Leisurely afternoon – finished The Buried Giant (OK, but not amazing) and started Shaman’s Crossing (Assassins-meets-Native American Peoples post colonialisation), planted out some more lettuces, sowed some pea seeds in pots. I think I’ve decided where to put the Japanese Quince…
Monday was cold and wet. Good weather for a morning of admin and treating ourselves to telly in the afternoon catching up with Sunday night’s LoD finale before stumbling upon any spoilers, and turning the wild garlic haul into Wild Garlic Pesto and Wild Garlic Pesto and Feta Tarte, based on Tamal Ray’s foraging recipes.
In this week’s articles of interest:
- Walton-on-the-Naze: ‘People are almost panic buying beach huts’ | BBC News. Because it’s Walton plus Beach Huts, and also gives more info on some of the huts featured in Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr. Glad we’re not there this Bank Holiday mind you. Foul weather.
- Also, sadly (and sadly inevitable), glad I’m not in Nepal: Everest Covid outbreak throws climbing season into doubt | Mount Everest | The Guardian
Photos: Herefordshire week 70 on Flickr.
Phil: w/e 2021-05-03 (Bank Holiday Edition).