Over the last 24 hours I've had some very enjoyable surprises.
My daughter and grandson had arranged to take me out for a celebratory pizza on Saturday night. There was much discussion about who was going to pick up whom, with me arguing that it was a waste of time and petrol for my daughter to come to me, only to drive back to the Pizza place near her, and then repeat this at the end of the evening.
To cut a long story short, she, with my grandson, picked me up. When I got to the restaurant Harts Boatyard in Surbiton (which was definitely not Pizza Express) there was my son, daughter-in-law and nephew already seated at the table. They had travelled about 113 miles to join us. I had no idea they were going to be there and it was a delightful surprise. It also explained why my daughter was so determined to give me a lift!
My son and his family then stayed the night with me - it was great to see them all again.
So thank you to my daughter, for a great surprise and making all the arrangements, and to my son and his family for being there. Kinda makes a Mum feel very special.
The other surprise, and this time on the birding front, that not only is (what I thought to be) my only brambling about, but this morning he brought a couple of lads and a lassie to breakfast. Haven't seen four together before although I know I've had three males and two females visiting.
However, the Green Woodpecker continues his early morning "waffling" - but manages to elude me completely. He must be on the far side of one of the oak trees. Fingers crossed he comes back into the garden again. Ants anyone?
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