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JANUARY weekend thaw

January 17, 2010

The roof has looked extra special crusted with snow and ice but by the end of the week the snow had turned to slush and then to just plain soggy.  I walked through a rather gloomy but much milder Hyde Park yesterday, where only a few lumps of snow remained and the Serpentine was gradually defrosting.  The bark of the park’s huge plane trees was slick and glossy with wet and screeching luminous green parakeets flew between their branches.

Sunday was much nicer, glorious sunshine all day and positively warm in comparison to the Arctic temperatures of recent weeks.  A friend and I made the most of the fine conditions and strolled along the muddy Parkland Walk from Finsbury Park to Highgate Woods.  We saw fungi shaped like human ears and two great spotted woodpeckers having a loud argument high up in a tree.  I’m told by my birdiest of friends that this was perhaps in fact a noisy mating ritual!

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