Bright spots on a wintry day

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Overnight the temperature dropped to single digits and several inches of snow fell. The Backyard Buffet looks much more appealing when the ground is covered with a blanket of white, and because that same blanket had covered over much of their natural food, the birds were looking for food at ALL the feeders. That includes the hawk that visited yesterday, so all the little birds must be alert to the danger. We saw him on the ground at the edge of our backyard this morning, but he flew away too quickly for a photo opp. He is a beautiful bird, but I wish he would go scrounging for his meals among the snakes and rodents (If some of them aren’t hibernating) in the nearby park instead of in the Backyard Buffet. 😒

Enjoy these bright spots
That’s all for today.
Look for more Backyard Buffet adventures tomorrow.
See you then! -Trail Walker (aka Carolyn or Skip)

Branxton Meadows

If you are interested in British or Scottish history (as I am), you might enjoy this blog by photographer James Elkington. His photography is outstanding, as is his commentary on the history of the places mentioned in his blog. ~Trail Walker (aka skip22037)

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

These green meadows, on the English/Scottish border at Northumberland, look so lush and inviting. A great place for a walk, or maybe a family picnic.

But 500 years ago it was a scene of unimaginable slaughter – in the space of less than 4 hours, 14,000 were slaughtered in the biggest and bloodiest battle of the Borders. For this is Flodden – another name for these Branxton Meadows – and here took place ‘The Batttle of Flodden Field’.

The little village of Branxton, a mile from the battlefield.

It was on the 9th September 1513 during the reign of Henry VIII. England was at war with France, and the French Queen persuaded King James IV of Scotland to invade Northern England, thus assisting the French. Scotland and England had an uneasy relationship, with various battles and skirmishes fought for centuries. Money and arms were sent to the Scottish over a period of months in readiness for the…

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