The copse is an area of the garden that I have dedicated to wildlife. It is fenced and the gate to enter has a padlock. The Grand-children love it but I only allow them in, if I am with them. Whilst sitting quietly I noticed the Sparrow Hawk sitting in the willow. She is a regular visitor, the garden is part of her hunting ground.
One day whilst walking across the garden, miles away, dreaming of what may be.........the tips of her wings brushed my shoulder as she flew past. Her victim this day was a sparrow....she flew into the hedge and whisk the creature away right in front of my eyes. From that moment I have been fascinated with her.
It would appear she caught a juvenile wood pigeon today..............I had seen one following its parents around the garden.
The Acers are turning..........I could not be without them. The Autumn colours are amazing.
I have some in the ground and many in tubs. I find them reliable and even when neglected they do well.
Nella and I walked early this morning. I decided to pick some blackberries, it took ages to get enough ripe berries to make a jar of chutney. This is just a trial, as it is a new to me recipe. I did not want to make a huge amount, only to find I did not like it. There are plenty of blackberries to come, so depending on the results, may make a large batch at a later date. Also picked some plums and made some plum brandy for Christmas.....
Today, was one of those days, that was perfect. You know, just an ordinary day, and yet its special......can't tell you why, it just is.