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26th March 2020 – Self-isolating in Bristol

We have been self-isolating at home all week. We had a 7 am walk in our local park last Saturday but didn’t feel safe as people, especially runners, came very close to us (even though I often pretended to be looking for a bird in the bushes).  On Sunday we travelled to the Forest of Dean where we managed some exercise in isolation. However, reading what NHS workers had to say, and pleading with us to stay at home, we have remained at home. Neighbours and friends have helped with shopping. It has seemed very strange because it has always been in our nature to help others and now we find we can only help by staying at home.

To some extent I have enjoyed painting fences, building garden storage, cleaning the patio and so on as the weather has been wonderful for this time of the year. However, I have missed my camera (and nature) and today I self-indulged by taking photos from in and around our tiny urban garden. If I can’t go to nature, I’ll have to let nature come to me. I could see a herring gull, goldfinches, sparrows, dunnocks, wood pigeons and collared doves, jackdaws, crows, starlings, blackbirds, a robin (only heard),  blue tits and great tits (only heard), bees and a peacock butterfly.

Unfortunately, all of the birds (except the blackbird on the washing line) were outside of the garden and I hope that neighbours don’t think I am being a voyeur with a long lens. I hope my photos are the proof of it.

DSC04597Goldfinch

DSC04605-2Dunnock

DSC04612-2Wood pigeon

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DSC04694Jackdaw

DSC04706-2Male sparrow

DSC04737-2Male sparrow

DSC04762Magpie

DSC04779-2Female sparrow

DSC04784Dunnock

DSC04790-2Female sparrow

DSC04853-2Jackdaw

DSC04875-2Dunnocks

DSC04881Dunnocks

DSC04902Dunnocks

DSC04903Dunnocks

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DSC04946Female sparrow

DSC05047Female sparrow

DSC05115Collared doves

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DSC05297Peacock butterfly

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