Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing Day -Dry !

Wednesday December 26
Christmas was lovely, phone calls from family in Australia and friends over here, a very enjoyable main meal and TV. Our small Kelly organic free range bronze turkey was lovely. Much of it remains for sandwiches and my usual pie.
Traditionally, a day for a brisk walk after yesterday's eating excesses....we drove to Ludham Marshes! Pam still has a virus affecting her sinuses and did not need the fresh air - she was absolutely sure of that.
We drove the very pot holed road past some very nice houses to the marshes, all the holes deeply filled with water, the track thick with mud. A good size flock of mainly Bewick Swans with a few Whooper grazed and rested distantly in a meadow. There appeared to be a healthy number of first winters too.
The track to St Benets Abbey had a big stretch of  pond-like water at its junction. How's a dip so difficult to judge. It was fine.
A few more swans along here, a flock of Pinkfeet, about a dozen Egyptian Geese and very little else. The Broads Authority have built   anew car park with a footpath to the Abbey, not yet open, must have cost a lot. I wonder how many visitors go there.
As we drove home, the local flock of Pinkfeet has moved nearer to 'our' road away from the Rookery Farm area. The tractor entry paths are so deeply rutted and muddy that there is nowhere to park and scope, we had to be content with binning the flock from the car. Bob had seen a Tundra Bean amongst them last week, they were all lying down, legs invisible, we gave up.
We had a Guineafowl on our garden wall this morning, next door neighbours are busy trying to trace its origin. A local pheasant breeding station in a wood half a mile away is favourite at the moment, they keep a couple as fox frighteners. They make good guards.

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