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Coppice update - 4th December 2010


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Coppice update - 4th December 2010

4 Dec 2010 7:00PM   Views : 4293 Unique : 609

More an update on myself really, as I have hardly been near the site, since our return form Scotland in October.
I picked up a horrible type of cold/cough virus & though I managed to keep going to work (More trouble than it was worth to get site cover),it left me feeling very lethargic. Sad
Anyway, apart from the cough, which finally seems to be easing, I am feeling a whole lot better in myself. Smile So much so that I have finally been out with the camera, yesterday & today at The Coppice.
The one thing I have not done during my malise, is to neglect the feathered ones.
I have been going up 2/3 times a week to top up the feeders & make sure the water trays were topped up with fresh water. Of course, now that the dark evenings are with us,I am up there in the dark during the week, so I purchased a battery powered lantern, which has come in very handy. Just hang it up & it casts enough light to see what I am doing.

No new species to be seen yet, but I never saw the Nuthatch today. I hope the Sparrow hawk hasn't nailed himSad
Meeting the farmer who owns the adjacent land tomorrow morning, at his farm, which is about a mile away as the crow flies from The Coppice. He told me the other week, that he had counted eight hares in one of his top fields + the area around their drying complex(It is an arable farm) always attracts good flocks of Yellowhammers & the like.

I have never been one for receiving owt, without giving summat back in return & that is one of the reasons I have been virtually absent from EPZ, if you get my drift.
Another reason, is Mrs T's long awaited promotion at workSmile. A lot more dosh, but it comes with a price. I now devote a lot more time to assisting with the day to day household duties, when I return from work. All this has a knock on effect to ones free time.
I trust that all is well with everyone. Apologies if anyone has suffered & I have obviously missed the news.
Many thanks to those members, who have telephoned or P.M'd me of late. It is good to know that one is not forgottenWink

I hate to think how many decent wildlife upoads I have missed from the members, since I last lookedSad
Ah well! Must try to do betterGrin

Anyway, I suppose I had better go and post an upload. How do you do it? Grin

Early Christmas wishes to one & all.



Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 8:06PM
lovely to have you back, and hope the virus is well and truely gone. It was lovely to hear from you and to chat with you both the other night. don't forget to let us know if you do decide to take a break so we can meet up

off to check out your piccies now.....

Welcome back


chalkhillblue 14 174 2 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 8:11PM
Glad you are back and feeling better Adrian, I thought that tomcat kitten would drag you back from your sick bed, more dosh equals
lots of lovely photographic equipment, best wishes to you also and may you be back to A1 health very, very soon.
Oh and congratulations to Mrs Tomcat.
tomcat 17 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 8:23PM
Thankyou both

pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 9:11PM
Hi Adrian your blog has given me hope - I think I have caught the same virus/cough/cold and its horrid. I have been housebound for 2 weeks now and have no enthusiasm to do anything much, like your good self I still manage to feed the birds but I only have to go out into the garden for mine, where you have had to make the effort to visit the coppice.
I hope your well on the way to recovery, you have been missed and its good to see you back.
Congrats to your wife with the promotion, its gonna be a great New Year Smile
cheers and best regards Ann
tomcat 17 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 9:20PM
Thanks Ann

EAS 13 1 13 Scotland
4 Dec 2010 10:54PM
Hate to think that was some sort of Scottish virus you got and if so, on behalf of Scotland - sorry! Congrats to your wife on the promotion. An exciting time indeed. Glad the little birds are being catered for so well. Mine seem to be doing their best to eat us out of house and home, but a delight seeing them and knowing it helps in these horrible conditions. Welcome back!

Gezina 16 3 6 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2010 11:34PM
Hi ~Adrian - thought you were on a very long holidayTongue - so sorry about feeling under the weather and all that, please to hear you're finally improving. Congratulations on Mrs T's promotion. I know how you feel about not being able to get to the site - conditions at work became very difficult for me - so I had to take a step back from a lot of other activities including EPZ - was well on the way to burn out BUT I have found that whenever I'm able to pop in the fav are always there to support you and I'm sure it will be the same in your case. Everything of the best - Ina
Mavis 20 143 2 England
5 Dec 2010 3:25AM
Hi Adrian,

Thought you'd felt you just needed a break . Glad you are begining to feel better .Wish I could go out on these "Safaris" you all seem to go on but I would be falling all over the place . I'm better inside . Keep warm & well Mavis xx
tomcat 17 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2010 8:26AM
Thanks Ann, Ina & Mavis for the thoughtful words.

I have just edited the original post, as it should have read "out with the camera, yesterday & today" Smile


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