The Safari has had a mixed day today; the Land Rover failed its annual inspection miserably this morning...well do you REALLY NEED to stop? And apparently its bushes are deteriorating - so long as the bushes don't deteriorate so much that a Goldcrest couldn't hide in them they'd be fine by us!
But after the wallet busting shock subsided we had quite a good day. Our Extreme Photographer came round and built Wifey's last Christmas present - her pergola which her Wisteria (which flowered for the first time last year) should climb and droop a profusion of flowers over the pond.
Earlier, as we left for the MoT test a low skein of Pink Footed Geese (Gdn No 9) were over Base Camp's airspace and during the construction of the pergola a few Goldfinches (G:10) were hanging around upset at our disturbance not allowing them near the feeder on the coldest day of the year - had to scrape ice of the windscreen! - and a Pied Wagtail (G:11) flew over. Eeee it's a big un but the flowers will dangle a good metre and we will have to walk underneath them.
While chop saws and sledge hammers were being expertly wielded by our Extreme Photographer our mobile kept going off as text after text came in letting us know that a Smew was at the nature reserve...of all the days!!!
Where to next? The Smew left :-( but it might come back...
In the meantime let us know if the garden furniture in your outback can be seen from space.