"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Shame about the Weather!

Its my birthday today and normally we go for a walk round one of our favourite nature reserves followed by a pub lunch.

Last year we went to Ladywalk (a West Midlands Bird Club reserve) and, although the weather was really cold with a heavy hoar frost it was at least sunny and dry and we were lucky enough to see a lesser spotted woodpecker!

This year the weather was cold, windy and wet. I don't mind walking in the cold and windy weather I can just about tolerate but wind and rain combined are not my idea of fun so we forgot the walk and made a beeline for one of our favourite pubs - The Plough.

Had a lovely lunch - something more substantial than the usual cheesey chips!

Hopefully, I'll manage to get out for a birding trip at least once before Christmas. The bitterns are beckoning at several reserves and I see that there is a drake 1st winter smew at Middleton Lakes which would be a life tick for me.


Tricia said...

Very many happies for the 8th Caroline! Bet the Plough was warm and cosy and good luck for your lifer and Bitterns :)

Ragged Robin said...

Many thanks for your kind wishes, Tricia.

Rob said...

Belated Happy Birthday Wishes!

That's a beautiful photo of the frosty lane from last year.

You shouldn't have mentioned cheesy chips - now I'm hungry!

Ragged Robin said...

Many thanks Rob - glad you liked the frosty lane photo - the hoar frost gave some wonderful photo opportunities.

The Plough's cheesy chips are legendary! In fact I'm hungry now too!

Pete said...

a belated Happy Birthday!!

Ragged Robin said...

Many thanks, Pete.