Wednesday, 20 April 2016
This morning, about coffee time (our friend Helga was taking coffee with us), when I had occasion to leap up and take the above photo of a young greenfinch. These seem to have become fairly rare over the last year or so, but this one has been coming to the bird feeder over the last couple of days, and finally allowed me to photograph him.
This afternoon, we walked into town to do one or two jobs that had become necessary, and we were pleased to see that work had finally begun on our friend Hilary's house (the pink, bescaffolded house in the above photograph). It is a very old house - Hilary has a trick, when showing people around her house of saying "This is the new part; it's around five hundred years old." Then, on entering into what she calls the 'older part', saying "Now this bit is rather earlier. Well, another two hundred years or so older than the new part I've just been showing you". For the last year or more Hilary has been battling with the local council for planning permission to put up scaffolding on the front of the house, where large areas of the plastered facade have been threatening to tumble into the street, and it looks as if planning permission for the scaffolding must have been finally granted; and only just in time, too. So now the necessary repairs can be started.
Walked home via the river walk. Not long ago there were three black poplars in this immediate area of river bank. Now only this one is left, and, as you can see, it has recently been very heavily pollarded. There are very few black poplars left in the east of England; so I hope the town council know what they're doing. There are signs of it having been pollarded a good deal in the past, and also signs of a few green shoots already showing in the upper part of the tree, so it may be alright (???) Hope so anyway.
Must walk round that way rather more often. Will keep you in touch.
P.s. Ann has just 'phoned Hilary, who says that it's THREE years, not one, that she has been trying to get planning permission for scaffolding to be erected on her home, so that the necessary repairs can be done. Like many of the houses in town (including ours) Hilary's home is Grade 2 listed, so it's hard to see why the council make it so difficult for us to keep our homes in good repair.