After many days/weeks of arctic weather we are enjoying a weekend of just above freezing point conditions with freezing rain turned to regular rain and ice-fog rising from the snow banks. It is truly depressing outside and the cold weather, when it returns, will just turn the roads and footpaths into skating rinks.

The gang of half a dozen or so squirrels that make a living below our bird feeders scarfing down the seeds the birds throw out for them have been looking exceptionally bedraggled this morning but they are hardy souls and just carry on … with the exception of this fellow, who having found an old and now unused bird feeder in a tree near our dining room window has been settled in for the past half hour waiting for the return of something he can cope with.

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