Self-made Christmas cards arrived from the grandchildren in Ireland. What more does one need? Wonderful.

On the evening walk had the familiar scene in the extras. Egret or Heron?
I didn't realise that not even the experts seem to know the difference. So didn't feel ashamed looking it up on Wiki.

For years, a group, flock, herd of 3 or 4 can be seen opposite our house in the fields throughout the winter. Although they know us well they still move away a bit when we approach. Guess sensible as there are a number of foxes in the area too. We have lost two of our chickens recently! They are now locked away in their outdoor pen for a while - no more picking in the forest.

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