I’m writing this whilst stood by the kitchen sink, looking out into our small back garden. Standing is more comfortable than sitting since I pulled my back badly earlier this week. Actually, I’m standing on one leg as the other rests on a firm kitchen chair; shifting from one leg to the other every now and then also seems to help.
Whilst I write, I am watching a band of starlings scrapping with each other on the top of the hedge, as they wait for an available space on the bird feeder. A few sparrows are in the hedge also and they take their chances whenever a starling vacates a feeding slot, flying in quickly and grabbing a seed before another quarrelsome starling lands. I only filled the feeder earlier this morning and now at 11.00am it is already below the half-way mark.
If I lean forward and stand on tip-toes I can see next door’s bird feeder which has peanuts in it. A couple of starlings, one hanging upside down, are feeding furiously. My neighbour told me once that they seemed to be spending as much on bird food as they did on feeding their dog. Rusty was being taken for his morning walk and on hearing his name he looked up at me, held his head on one side and gave me an imploring look. I felt sorry for him, poor little chap!
The grey sky is racing across my view, going in a roughly west to east direction. There are occasional breaks in the clouds when the pale blue infinity beyond is revealed. Just as the daylight hours increase, so does my urge to be out walking again. The Christmas and New Year festivities, work and now injury, all of these things are playing on my mind and pushing me towards some New Year resolutions, albeit a little late: to come up with a revised fitness routine; to walk much more this year; to ensure I’ve got my camera and sketch book with me on my walks and to come up with a different title for this blog, something with a wider view.
A happy and peaceful New Year to all who pass this way!