Another beautiful morning for a walk through Shipley Park. Taking advantage of the still frozen ground, we decided to walk up Shipley Hill, around the old hall site and then down and round the old theme park, a walk which is not so easy at this time of year when it's not frozen as it gets a bit muddy. But what a view from atop the hill.
Ratcliffe-on-Soar proves how much extra power is needed during these cold spells. The smoke and steam are billowing out at an alarming rate.
A little further on and a small bird which could probably do with a little warmth of it's own. A stunningly colourful, male Bullfinch (), sat watching us walk by keeping it's distance as they usually do, but looking beautiful in the pale sunlight.
Back home and another bird was doing it's best to keep warm. This time it was a male Blackbird (Turdus merula), sitting on our fence and helping himself to a large number of Pyracantha berries. He was popping them down like a child with a tube of Smarties and looking rather pleased with himself.