Blackbirds are now in the process of stripping our crab apple trees of fruit.
After a quick look around,
they tear off an apple then make their way back to their homes across the road.
We can just make out others, like this sparrow, about to leave the runway over there.
Raindrops kept the food moist between bouts of sunshine.
We spent some time making Christmas cards before and after lunch. By the time we drove to Everton Post Office to send them on their way the rain had ceased and the sky cleared somewhat.
Sunset beckoned as we approached Shirley Holms afterwards.
Pools developing on the soggy terrain.
A car drew up and parked in puddles.
The owner decanted two dogs. The animal with the thinner coat appeared decidedly reluctant to test the water.
Running streams were being gouged into the stony moorland,
and flowing over the lane.
Pastel cloudscapes resembled cotton billows.
Ponies would continue chomping grass well into the night.
Further along Shirley Holms Road unusually silent starlings gathered on an oak,
equally silently took to flight.
The still, crystal clear lake at Pilley produce mirror images,
while sunset’s pink and indigo fingers streaked the underlying pale blue skies.