IT’S BEEN the coldest start to winter in Britain since 1976 but there’s no frost
on the grass this morning and the pond appears to be more liquid than solid.
You don’t realise what big eyes cats have until you see them in half light. When
I open the curtains of the patio windows I find a black cat sitting just outside.
I expect it to look startled and to run away but it just stares at me as if I was
more of a curiosity than a threat.
On Monday the days will start getting longer again. There are signs of growth even
now; groundsel seedlings are springing up from cracks in the pavement and in the
centre of Ossett there are a few rose bushes more or less devoid of leaves but covered
in white blooms.
A crow seems bigger and blacker than normal against the grey cloud as it flies to
rest on a rooftop aerial.
Figures drawn at the Wakefield Naturalists’ talk last week which - happily for a
midwinter talk - was about tropical Costa Rica. It was given by John R Mather whose
new updated version of Where to Watch Birds in Yorkshire has just been published.