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USA 2018 (2), Bedford NH. Tuesday 13th February. A quiet day on my own.

My body clock ensured that I got 5 hours’ sleep maximum, and I found myself exchanging Facebook messages with Geoff’s sister in the UK at our respective 3 am/8am. I stayed in bed reading (online newspapers and e-novel), dozing, and Facebooking until all but one resident had departed for work/school, and breakfasted at 8 pm. I spotted this from my bedroom window as I got up. (I realised later that therewas a bird feeder immediately above.)P1280761001

Later, having strolled around the garden, while being very wary of solid ice patches, P1280763001P1280765001P1280769001 I went out for a lovely two-hour, 3 1/2 mile gentle there-and-back stroll in the neighbourhood.

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The nearby city of Manchester in the distance

P1280779001P1280784001The sun was melting frozen ice, and this particular bank had me mesmerised on the way out. P1280803001P1280806001It was a soundscape as much as a visual pleasure, as icicles came crashing down.

 

 

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Wild turkeys in someone’s garden.  I was told they come out of the forest to peck for seeds as the snow melts.

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Red-tailed hawk…

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… flying…

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… to, presumably, its mate.

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No idea.

The ice bank once more held me in thrall on the way back, and the droplets falling in this three-second video made me think of tadpoles.

 

Family members started arriving home at 4 pm, and the catching-up chat that hadn’t been possible the day before took place, followed by a not-quite-so-early retirement to bed.