I’ve been making the most of the last few days of the Christmas holidays by walking around my local patch.
The River Thames is high and further upstream at Newbridge it has broken its banks.
The remains of an ancient thatched cottage near Rainbow Bridge (Harts Footbridge) stand now covered in ivy and moss. The cottage is thought to have been the weir keepers house. The original footbridge was built in 1879 and the Weir removed in 1880. Since then the wooden bridge has been replaced by a concrete bridge which everyone calls Rainbow Bridge.
Elsewhere on my patch there are large numbers of Chaffinches, Yellowhammers and Redpolls out in the fields, especially in the puddles. In my garden the Great Spotted Woodpecker is venturing on to the feeder first thing in the morning. I even had a Kestrel land on a post in the front garden this afternoon.