A woodpecker visited the bird nuts hanging outside my window this morning. Compared to the usual visitors, blue tits etc, he was huge, black with a bright red tail. I noticed the blue tits were patiently hanging about respectfully waiting their turn. We had a sleet shower yesterday – a very odd late February day with the weather changing by the minute. It won’t be long before the lambs start to appear in the field by the lane – the sheep were curious yesterday when I walked past their field with the dog but they stood their ground. I am still struggling with a cold – will it ever go? It doesn’t help that I got soaked either. I think of my son and his wife enjoying the sunshine and wine tasting in Cape Town and am a tiny bit envious.