A bit of London bird news; another friend emigrates; beloved trees continue to be felled; a prolonged period of child-care; Honey-buzzard in the New Forest, a child is born and the young family moves to North London.
November 29th 1954:
Gran completes her last painting of the year with Butcher’s Broom – she has been doing one each month – and her skill appears to be improving. She writes:
I was quite pleased with the result and intend to paint wild flowers seriously next year when I should have more free time. I feel that I could do better with more practice, for these last are a great improvement on my earlier efforts.
Gran misses natural history and other news from Barry, now that he is away from Chandler’s Ford, so she is pleased when she hears the results of a birding trip he made, with “Brother”, to Brent Reservoir in North London. She relates that on November 27th they saw four Smew there, together with a range of other diving duck species. And, arriving early for church on December 5th, and talking to the Rector at the door, she imparts news that he was pleased to hear – that “Barry and Jock now have a home of their own to go to next week”.