A year in the life of...
Mick Tarts Year
1/1/11 - Winter
The snow has been here
for more than a week now which is most unusual, it has been so cold that
the ice has compacted and can be hazardous for walkers and vehicles.
The bad weather has its compensations though, in that the bird life has
been spectacular, the geese, Greylag and Barnacle are here in larger numbers
than usual, they are having trouble finding enough to feed on as the snow
has covered the fields, they seem to spend the nights down on the shore,
we can hear them quite clearly even in the cottage. Also we saw three Lapwings
just yesterday which have not been seen here for some years. The snipe are
about as well.
The usual garden birds come every morning to be fed, we put fat balls out
as well for the Tit family but the black birds have learnt to fly up and
knock them to get some on the floor.
We watched the eclipse on the longest day in the western sky, it was lovely,
and ended in a big red ball in the sky gradually dipping behind the hills.
It is now a month later and the snow is well away here on Gigha, it is still
cold but is expected at this time of year. We have been round to Glasgow
and there is still snow piled up on the roadsides and on the paths.