I’m writing this as Storm Ciara is battering the UK. It’s been a day to stay in and watch from the window, the winds have been horrendous. We did venture out for a short while with the dogs, I think we were the only daft ones! The birds have been keeping a low profile, I haven’t seen much action on the feeders today.

Out in the field to the back of our house we spotted our family of Roe deer, mum and twins they were sheltering in the hedgerow from the worst of the storm, I hope they stay safe. I managed to take a picture from the patio without getting blown away.

Roe Deer family
Roe Deer family

The weather the previous week has been a mixture once again, a lot of grey weather but a little drier. We had a couple of frosts and I was up in the morning to take advantage of the sunrises. As always the forecast was different to what we had, but I try to be ready and I wasn’t disappointed the morning I went across to the Wilson Haines bridge just of the railway at Shillingstone a lovely sunrise.

Wilson Haines bridge, Shillingstone
Wilson Haines bridge, Shillingstone

The next morning when I looked out it was foggy and frosty, -1℃ so I decided a walk up Hambledon Hill I thought it might be interesting. It was frosty in the valley, more so than on the hill where a cold wind was blowing, the fog and mist was moving around quite a lot and as always creating a beautiful landscape. As I walked up two Buzzards were flying close to me and then at the top there were about six Skylarks in front of me, very close and some flew into the sky and started to sing, the first time for me this year.

Mist over Shroton
Mist over Shroton
Across the Vale to Shillingstone Hill
Across the Vale to Shillingstone Hill

I had a chance to go with a friends farm locally to see Mum’s with Lambs, they are still in the barn and as Storm Ciara was expected they were going to stay there until the weather improves. Nearly all the lambing has finished now on the farm, just a few expectant mums. Soon they will be out enjoying the new grass and hopefully some warm weather!

Lamb
Lamb

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