For some crazy reason, despite some late night visiting of a "Steampunks versus Zombies" event for New Year, I was awake at 630am and wondering if a pre dawn walk might be a good idea.
As it turned out, it was hammering down with rain, the bubbling puddles illuminated in the lights that enver go out at the old folks' home at the back of my flat. I spent another 3 hours being unable to get back to sleep listening to Radio 4 extra, and then when I decided that rain or no I was getting up and going out, I finally fell asleep.
So, the rain had lessened by the time I finally got out at about 11, but it was still an occasion for the full wet weather gear, sexy kag and waterproof fetish trousers. As such I walked for about 3 hours, not very quickly, looking for winter aconite and taking in the large numbers of chaffinch that were active today.
Foir some reason, the wet weather had attracted a 4 cormorant to the Blue Lake for some reason, although they didn't seem to be fishing, just mooching around.
I'd decided the main focus of my interest today should be the old sundial in the cemetery. Seemingly dated to about 1901, the copper plaques on it have achieved a beautiful green patination, a stunning, but massively unnatural green compared to the grass around it.
Tomorrow, back on the running trail I've been busy on the roads and tracks over the festives, but I need to lose some excess timber.
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