Thursday, 15 October 2015

Bewick Swan in Watercolour - Coldest Winter Prediction

I found my mojo again today.  After four weeks of a dry spell, out popped this Bewick Swan.  Isn’t inspiration just bonkers how it grabs us unawares sometimes!!! 

Hubby was chatting to me today about one particular Bewick Swan that arrived in the UK 25 days earlier than the rest of the 300 strong flock.  They normally migrate to the UK to spend the winter here and this particular flock was heading for Slimbridge.  A nature reserve that I have visited in the past.  I distinctly remember that ear plugs would have been a good idea to take.  Bewick Swans are not very tuneful creatures and the noise was defeaning.

Well apparently according to weather predictions the arrival of this single little Bewick Swan heralds the beginning of a very, very cold winter in the UK.  The coldest we have had for the past 50 years.   Hubby was not too impressed to say the least with this prediction.    I must admit I think I agree with him.  Surely one solitary little swan arriving early could mean all sorts of things:  “He might have just wanted to be alone” like Greta Garbo. He may have not liked the scenic route that the others took. He might have got separated from the others.  He might just be like Usain Bolt, the fastest flying athlete of his kind.  Who knows why he arrived early.  Time will tell if we get the winter these weather people are predicting. 

In the meantime, I might just get my winter coat out ready just in case. I hope you manage to keep toasty warm during the coming winter months too.