Not such a nice day

My mum is down for the weekend and we had talked about a walk in the Great Bedwyn area. However when I got up i noticed the house was colder than usual. Checked the heating and found that the boiler had packed up. Called the Service Line and made an engineer appointment for between ten a.m and six p.m.! Fortunately the engineer came just before twelve and only took around half-an-hour. Unfortunately, by then it had started to rain. We decided to go out anyway and headed for Chilton Foliat. Braving the rain, a scan of the Wide Water and the Kennet gave thirty-one Gadwall, seven Little Grebe, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Red Kite. We then went onto Cobbs Farm Shop just outside Hungerford for coffee and cake. A very nice and highly recommended establishment. Next was a stop at the pond near Froxfield, quiet, but four Teal and more than a hundred Lapwing were good sightings.  Nearer home, a stop overlooking Aldbourne Chase was rewarded with a count of eleven Hares. Finally a quick look for the local Little Owls was not successful. We had left home in the rain and returned in glorious evening sunshine. Oh the joys of the English Weather.

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