Essex Life - - Beautiful Essex -

I HAVE al­ways loved birds and an­i­mals and af­ter I re­tired I had time, in be­tween spend­ing great times with the grand­chil­dren, to draw, paint and pho­to­graph them.

I spend hours watch­ing birds in the gar­den, such as the noisy baby spar­rows and star­lings who roost in our honey­suckle hedge and cheep de­mand­ingly non-stop in spring­time, and any oth­ers who can get a look in.

On frosty win­ter morn­ings I am mad enough to ven­ture into the gar­den in nightie and goloshes to break the ice on the bird­bath and put out a va­ri­ety of food for the birds be­fore get­ting our own break­fast. Any de­lay in this and the black­bird will point­edly come right up to the back door and stare ac­cus­ingly. I can’t imag­ine life with­out birds.

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