I couldn’t resist dropping by to wish you a very happy Christmas. So far ours is going fine, a tad on the quiet side but fine! The tree is up, the decorations are too as are the cards so we were all set for the festivities to begin.
Yesterday, Christmas Eve, was our Christingle service which traditionally I lead and this year was no exception. It was just about the only thing all year that I was committed to doing and was pleased to have the opportunity once again. (A photo will appear here in a few days)
After church this morning we decided to go for a walk at the arboretum. 13 degrees seemed most unusual for a Christmas walk but it was certainly very pleasant and brought lots of people out. Surprisingly what it didn’t bring out was many birds it was very quiet on that front, but… we did get a tick! Down on the edge of a stream we saw a Crossbill, a first for the year. Sadly it was the only sight we had of it but we were pleased non the less, you will have to imagine it there as it had flown by the time I got the camera ready!!!
Thankfully a Christmas Robin did make an appearance, always a treat.
Mostly there were no birds on the water at all, just some Canada geese that had managed to avoid peoples ovens!
A couple of small Christmas trees seemed to have sprung up since our last visit and some seasonal holly added a splash of colour.
I had just said to Ian that I thought we would have seen some winter thrushes when, from what had seemed to be a carpet of autumn leaves dozens of thrushes took to the wing. They were no sooner there than they had disappeared high into the trees and out of sight. Oh well it was good to at least see them.
I didn’t think we had walked far enough to encounter Highland cattle but it seemed we had! Away in a manger came to mind!
The next thing we saw surprised me even more than the cattle, believe it or not we saw a butterfly! I think it was a large white but I was astonished to see one right at the end of the years, the weather certainly has gone crazy!
So Common Crossbill became bird number 257, I am hoping to make the bird count to 260 by the end of the year but we will see.
So however you are spending these few days I hope they are filled with love and peace as that was what the very first Christmas was to bring, so to quote Tiny Tim, “God bless us everyone!”