Monday, December 14, 2009
Our New Tenant
A new tenant has moved onto the pond in our garden. He or she (does anyone know how to tell) has been with us for about a fortnight. Its a spectacularly beautiful bird - and cheeky too. Last week it suddenly appeared in the walled garden attached to the converted barn opposite our house, staring in through the window, hissing at daughter-in-law, Adrienne, who happened to be inside at the time. Two swans did visit the pond in March. Looked as if they were thinking about nesting, but must have found somewhere better. At the time, despite our excitement, we were unsure about whether we wanted them to stay - not knowing whether this would mean that the family of Canada Geese which have moved in to nest every spring since we created the pond would be banished. Something else you ornithologists would know. Perhaps we'll find out ourselves next March.