Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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The Chocolate Enthusiasts

by admin - 23:48 on 09 May 2010

Pine martens aren't the only creatures in the garden with a fondness for hazelnut spread – robins and blackbirds have been seen to take the occasional beakful of Nutella when it's on offer.

But one of the woodpeckers spotted on The Nutella Tree late this afternoon was having a serious taste. Oddly enough, only the female was interested. It must be the chocolate. The male put more effort into battering the tree branches, several of which now show severe gouges in the bark caused by his exploratory beak.

The only feathered photos on show today, however, are a couple more goldfinch portraits.

Goldfinch 5

There was no opportunity for avian snappery this morning because I was on airport chauffeur duty. Matchgirl had checked the FlyBe website assiduously in case of volcanic ash-related delay, and learned of no problems, so the sight of sleeping non-travellers in the waiting area was an unwelcome surprise.

Flights out of Inverness were grounded until after 1pm, we learned. Matchgirl was able to depart at 1.30pm, forty-five minutes late, although this was a mixed blessing. A plaintive text informed me that it's snowing in Lerwick.

This means she'll have to stay in her hotel and eat pudding to counter the icy winds. It's a tough life.

Goldfinch 4

Pine Marten Update: The Nutella still disappears overnight, when the garden's too dark for the diner to be seen. It's either Mr Marten or an insomniac female woodpecker.

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