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
Of Bands and Birds
by admin - 20:48 on 10 December 2011
Sanity – or caution – prevailed yesterday evening when Strawdogs pulled out of the Aviemore gig because of weather fears. But there was a price to pay.
Guitarist Michael, the band's newest member, is now the band's newest ex-member; aggrieved at what he considered a lack of consultation, he's left to pursue other musical projects. The rock and roll road continues to be a twisting one.
What happens now is yet to be decided.
The decision to cancel was almost certainly correct, especially in light of the overnight snowfall – not severe on The Rural Retreat, but bound to be worse on the high ground around Aviemore. Although not heavy, the snow in the garden was still enough to leave its feathered visitors clustered around and beneath the feeders in a quest for scarce food.
During the morning we saw great, coal and blue tits, tree sparrows, dunnocks, chaffinches, greenfinches, robins, yellowhammers, blackbirds, woodpigeons, a great spotted woodpecker, a sparrowhawk (briefly), pheasants, bramblings and two fieldfares – the first I've knowingly seen in the garden.
No snappery took place, but after seeing such a plethora of birdlife it's certain to resume soon. After all, I've got plenty of time now.
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