It looks as though the weather here has moved on from winter. Next week is forecast to be almost entirely blue with the temp around 18 degrees. That’ll do me, though an extra couple of degrees is useful for working outside. The birds are only intermittent visitors to the feeders rather than scrumming round them so the insects must be hatching. Heating has been unnecessary for most of the day for the past fortnight. It looks as though I can get away with about 1,000 litres of oil a year – probably less if only I understood how to set up the timing mechanism. I hope to have a drink with an expert this evening and will try to entice him to call round.
I bought a couple of lights this morning and re-painted a wall where I had been too sloppy even for my low standards. I took the dog to basin where the Tarn joins the Garonne. A circus had paused there. The animals – highland cattle, ankole cattle, ponies little dogs – were tied to trees adjacent to the car park. The camels, a good dozen of them were allowed to roam free. Shelduck were on the water in numbers, the first time I’ve seen them. I’ve an excellent pair of bird-watching binoculars but they sacrifice magnification for a large field of vision and it can be hard to make out species across half a mile of water. The basin is the only place recommended within a 50 mile radius in ‘Where to watch birds in France.’ I’m seeing more hen harriers round about.
I shall soon be extremely rich since, with a bit of help, I managed to upload an unsold MS onto Kindle yesterday.