Untethered! A Breath of Fresh Air.
We both have heavy colds; the colds have been coughing and sniffling on for weeks, ever since the Family went home after Christmas. Before that, Asthma was ruling the day and catching me out in awkward places! I shan’t forget the time when i completely lost it on the Underground Station, having dragged my screaming body there in the cold, [ I don’t like the Underground ] only to find two little boys punching the lights out of each other in a fit of unfettered bad temper! For a moment there, my temper was unleashed too and I grabbed them both with a fierce ” Ça suffit ! ” Needless to say, it stopped them but not my asthma, to which I had now added shame! Hey ho!
Any way horrid cold or not, yesterday, we decided some fresh air, away from traffic fumes and littered pavements, would be good for the soul, so off we went to the park.
I had decided not to take pictures, as I usually do, it being the same old, same old park. How defeatist is that! The breeze was cold and searching, and i urged Dom to turn right ‘here’ … and take a shorter way back … the heights of the old Crystal Palace site being a few steps too far for me that morning. Am I glad that I did!
As we rounded the bend and started on the busy little road between the Sports Centre, and the park exit, we espied a pair of Egyptian Geese on the grass, one grazing in a desultory manner, the other sitting and fluffing up its feathers against the wind, Of course, the camera was immediately untethered too!
We watched them for several minutes. Eventually the two beautiful birds both hunkered down against the cold, tucked their heads between their wings, and rested; keeping a wary eye open, just in case.
That lovely interlude was really cheering, and we set off towards the station, and home, past drifts of Autumn leaves [in January?]
….. when there, on the hilly grass to our left …..
….. four identical birds …. Fieldfares? Thrushes?
After some research I discovered that they were Mistle Thrushes … but am still amazed to have seen four altogether grazing peacefully on the grassy hillside!
That was a fabulous walk!
Anne ….. 05.01.2018