a long time since I noticed an icy lump in the milk bottle, blocking the
flow as I pour. The milkman, who has done this round for four years, says
that this is the first time that he has known it to happen. Surplus milk
goes back to be emptied from the bottle for the pigs but the milk froze
before he finished the round.
I remember in the mid-1970s that this used to happen occasionally and
I would find the frozen milk pushing up the cap from the bottle.
pour half a kettle of boiling water on the chunk of ice that is our bird
bath and later notice a sparrow drinking there. The sunflower seed needs
topping up as usual and for most of the day a pheasant
pecks around below the feeders.
Richard Bell, email@example.com