27th November

Cold. No snow. Just cold.

Used the fishing net to fish the leaves out of the pond. No way was I putting my hands in there!

A friend advised me about my concern re the sparrows. He suggested putting out a different type of food to attract them back.

OK Sparrows ! Listen Up!



26th November

A bright, sunny day. Nipped out into the garden to put some peanuts on the feeder for the squirrels. I knew they were watching me from the trees. Last winter they got so tame they took food from my hand. I've not fed them since the spring though - plenty of food in summer etc.

I put some fish food in the pond, but they're not interested. Scooped some leaves out of the water - boy was it cold! My fingers hurt when I came back into the warmth.

Still no sign of my sparrows though :-(  I wonder where they've gone? I can't believe that the whole gang of 30 or so have vanished!

(I feel better today - bright sunshine though, not grey dull)


25th November

Thanksgiving for all my US friends - not a UK celebration though.

It is very cold out - snow in the north and in Cornwall (on top of the recent flooding they've had? Poor Cornish !) Snow given for the eastern counties as well - will that include us here in London?
Hope not. Snow is very pretty but I hate it.

The squirrels are back in the garden - probably because I've started putting peanuts out for them. :-)

Heard a robin singing at dawn this morning, then Ron saw him (or another robin LOL ) sitting on top of the fence post - still singing his red-feathered heart out

I love robins - and blackbirds
Wish my sparrows would come back though.

The fish in the pond are still swimming about, but not much interested in food. MUST put a ball in the water in case it freezes


24th November

bright but cold. Sun very low & dazzling


23rd November

for a change, a night time diary.
We had to drive out into the country (To the equestrian centre at Sataleford Abbotts) The moon was hanging low over the fields & glistening in the river Roding. A crisp night with a cold sting to the wind - but not cold enough to freeze - yet.

The stars were out - though I could only see them when the moon was shielded by one of the barns as it was so bright.
Kathy's at the centre starting her training to be a show jumping judge. Hope she gets on OK.

Back home now I can see the moon high in the sky  - almost as if she is peering down through the window at me at work here at my desk.

I hung the fat ball container up by the bird table this afternoon, hoping they might tempt the little birds back.

Cleared the last of the nasturtiums away. They looked lovely, deep orange and golden yellows, but they got a little too rampant and were stifling the lavender.
Next year: remember to plant nasturtiums where they can ramble over things that need to be hidden from mid October.


22nd November

another bleak day. Grey sky (trying to rain) quite windy and cold.

My daughter's bedroom wall has been getting thick with mold - always just the one corner.

Since moving into this place we've had the landlord down to this wall, insisting that the damp course was not fuunctioning.

Workman said "its condensation. You have to keep a window open"
(at night? In a bedroom? In winter?)

they treated the wall, the mold came back. The workmen came back
"It's condensation. There's too much furniture in here"
(A bed, a besdide table, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers a computer table, a bookcase. Sounds reasonable furniture for a 14 x 12 bedroom to me)

they treated the wall. The mold came back/

(not now no wardrobe in bedroom - cupboard under stairs in the room cleared of junk & that is now dauhter's wardrobe, so even less furniture in the room AND the window has been open.

Wall very damp.
"It;'s the damp course that has gone" said the man

Sigh. I've been saying that for 4 years now.....

Just noticed that my hazel tree still has its autumn finery. It turned yellow later than the other trees so is still leaf-clad.
It's only about 6 foot high at the moment. Until we moved herein November 2006  it was in a pot and about 3 foot high.
A special tree, given to me as a 1 foot high sapling in December 2001 by the widower of my very best friend - Hazel, who passed away in her sleep on the morning of October 31st 2001. She was only in her early 50's and was more like a sister than a friend. I  miss her dreadfully. Had known her for 32 years.

It's hard losing a good friend when you were so very close.


21st November

Oops, been a bit neglectful here these last couple of days. Not been too well, that's why..... seasonal depression affecting me a little.
When the clocks change and there is a distinct lack of daylight and sunlight I get very "can't be bothered". All I want to do is stay in bed and sleep - and you'd think that sleeping in late of a morning would mean unable to sleep at night. Although I often don't go to bed until after midnight, I do sleep. So its a bit like wanting to curl up and hibernate.
Sunny, bright days are not so bad, but dull foggy mornings..... ugh.... I'll stay in bed thank you.

Not helped by a throbbing headache mid week.

Most of the leaves are gone from the trees, a strong wind, almost gale force and a sharp frost put an end to them.
I hate this month, when everything has finished and the long winter  is stretching ahead. It's cold, damp and miserable.
Roll on Spring!