Today the temperature rose and the ice on the garden pond is starting to melt. With a night time temperature of about 7c tonight I hope that eventually, all the ice will go. It amazes me how thick it is at present!
Bird activity in the garden is back to more normal numbers but, for the second day running, I've heard a Woodpecker drumming - spring is just around the corner.
I went off to a local National Trust gardens Polesden Lacey today. Being winter there wasn't much colour about and various areas were cordoned off and consequently not accessible to the public. A bit disappointing but restorative work needs to be undertaken during the winter months. Despite the warmer temperatures there was a brisk wind which rushed up the hill bringing tears to the eyes!
A few pics - I'm trying some new software for picture editing so this is a bit of a trial:
Needing some milk and petrol I took a slight detour on the way home via Cobham. This is a small village with the River Mole running close to the main road through the village. Cobham also boasts a Watermill; this is only open for one afternoon per month for a few months of the year. I must try to get to see it this year.
There's a small area along the river that you can walk so, being a Sunday and finding a parking place nearby, I stopped to have a wander about. Some waterfowl consisting of Mallards, Black-headed Gulls and Mute Swans.
A pleasant outing despite the rather dull day.
Common Darter Dragonfly
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