We ordered some Christmas presents from Amazon. They were at the sorting office only a few short miles away, several days ago. Then someone there decided it would be great fun to send both parcels to somewhere in the middle of Arctic Sweden! Now delivery is not expected until 23rd December after ordering on the 9th December. With a 3-4 days service at the best of times [but not at Christmas!] it will take another week before we finally receive them. What a total farce!
The cold breeze from the SW was steadily picking up as I headed NW. A bit tired on the way back, into the wind, due to a lack of proper sustenance. I saw six individual kestrels hovering today. Usually I don't see them very often at all. Perhaps they are more visible at this time of year? Or they are hungry due to their usual prey hibernating. It always looks as if they are working hard just to hover in place. That takes energy which has to be replaced. 22 miles.