Friday, 31 December 2010

Marian Langton

It was very sad to hear of the death of Marian Langton. She was a hard working Town Councillor and Mayor of Bracknell one year. I also worked with her as a governor at Garth Hill, where Marion's experience as a teacher was invaluable. Diane and myself would often see her in the Elms recreation ground, picking up bits of litter as she walked her dog. We remember one occasion when we rushed to the main road with her, only to see her "new" puppy hit by a car. The end we thought. The puppy picked itself up, shook itself and ran to Marion. Lesson learnt we thought! More in the  Bracknell Standard.We will miss Marion's wit and optimism.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Bird feeding

video
It was good to see a large flock of fieldfares feeding in the trees in the back garden. Pigeons have had a go at eating them before but usually end up falling out of the tree. We try to put out food for all the birds at this time of year, as it can get very difficult for them.
See the RSPB site.
Most years nothing appears to eat these berries, and I did wonder about pruning the trees back. Just a well that I saved energy and left them.


It is hard to see them in the video, as I did not want to frighten them by getting to close. I am also recovering from a nasty virus, and did NOT want to go out in the cold.
The shaking about of the branches that you can see is the birds jumping about and feeding. Sometimes they nearly fall off, just like the bigger birds,


I have blown up the picture here, but the bird is well camouflaged.
 




Thursday, 9 December 2010

Excellent police work

10 out of 10 to the Bracknell police tonight, who managed to recover our stolen car while Diane was on the phone to them. Pretty good work!