Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Winter returns

I spoke to soon about spring. It has been cold this week, with snow and a biting wind. The Goyt was silent. Only the owl quartered the hillside fruitlessly searching for prey. Wrapped up against the cold I trudged down into the valley, seeking solitude from the torments of the day, and feeling the gloomy oppressive mood lift with each step that I took. I was grateful for the cold, it mean't that I would be alone. I could shout out, rage against the frustration, open my lungs and scream. I heard them first, a clanging sound as pots and pieces of tent banged against their bodies, then saw them. Twenty of them. A forlorn, bedraggled hunched little group, shouldering heavy rucksacs and wearily plodding up the hill towards me. Had they heard me? Had my cries carried to them on the chill wind. Had they been stirred from their thoughts, to glance about fearful of the banshee screams? Politely they passed me. Twenty salutations, some spoken, some smiled, then they were gone. Alone again, I descended deeper into the valley. I decided to stay silent.


fiwa said...

Winter returned here too, we had some snow flurries yesterday.

You know, I can't even think of a place where I could go and scream like that without being overheard. I usually do it in my car and pray that no one sees me.

I'm sorry things don't sound like they're improving at work...

The Birdwatcher said...

Work is difficult at the moment. Alot more shouting in the Goyt before it gets better I fear :(

fiwa said...

I'm so glad to see you around, I've been wondering how you were doing.

I thought about you the other day, I had just sat down on a bench in my garden, when a baby junco took it's fledgling flight out of our bird house and into a nearby bush. It may be raining, but spring is still on the way.

Keeping you in my thoughts,

The Birdwatcher said...

Thank you, the world seems a better place all of a sudden. Whats a Junco? We are hoping that a couple of Blue Tits will nest in one of the bird boxes that Mrs BW put up last year. They keep having a look but can't seem to make up their minds. Perhaps they don't like the view.

Take Care

fiwa said...

This is a Junco. They're very tiny and energetic. - we have the oregon ones.

I had to go look up blue tits - what a gorgeous bird!

The Birdwatcher said...

They look a bit like our house sparrow.

the blue tits have been in the bird house. Its getting exciting! :)