You need know very little about Hardy to enjoy this book, the relationships in this biographical fiction are compelling. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/18/winter-by-christopher-nicholson-review
This distinctive House Sparrow with a white tail feather has been with us for quite a while, I think about five years, I didn't record his presence for a few years (regretfully).
A lovely day on Sunday, relatively calm and the Sun, that absent friend, joined us for a day. So, the Rooks came prospecting as they do on any kind day from now on.
Taking the recycling out to the car last week I discovered that the council supplied, weighted bags were in a bit of a state, holey. Rodent damage. The traps in the kitchen have not caught anything for a few weeks now, the one House Mouse that I caught was a loner. A transfer of a trap to the garage and four nights in a row I've caught Wood Mice. The first one had been half-eaten by its cam-padres, a surprise, I wouldn't have expected Wood Mice to do that, there may of course be a larger rodent lurking. The poison and the cats have kept the rats under control outside, but there is evidence of their activity.
Aimee Mann, Kamasai Washington and The National, take a look at the film made to go with Kamasi's album, here: https://vimeo.com/224866605
I think the talk went ok, glad it's done.
Up and coming - a bit of a hop on Saturday night at the West Mainland Farmers' Ball.