What a change in the weather!  Last week I was gardening in a T-shirt and today it has been bitterly cold, with snow on the hills behind us.  It was sleeting this morning but brightened up and turned into the most beautiful sunny evening.  They say that in Scotland you can experience all four seasons in one day and that has certainly been the case today.

The birds are very active at the feeders.  A pair of goldfinches have appeared – the first I have seen in the garden here.  Today I watched the sparrowhawk hunting in the holly hedge behind the house.  It was incredible how he could tuck his wings in and fly up between the prickly branches.  I don’t think he managed to catch anything though as he flew off frustrated.  Hope he doesn’t get the goldfinches!

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