The bird feeder in our backyard fell apart so we replaced it with one of those feeders that sticks to the outside of your window. They’re made in the UK by Meripac. I stuck it on the window yesterday and within hours there were birds there. Here’s a picture of it with three birds (the third is flying away at the bottom left):
This is the view from my desk. The birds are still a bit wary of me. Some of them fly up to it, see me, then fly away. If I make any sudden movements they also fly away. At one point there were four birds on it all at once. I saw some yellow birds and small birds with black feathers. I’ll have to get a book on birds because I have no idea what they all are. The wildlife here is very different to where I grew up. I’m sure when we get a cat it will enjoy watching the birds through the glass.
Today it was announced that we’re all going to get 50% off eating out. How fantastic is that! This is part of a range of measures announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak today. The government is also cutting VAT on hospitality from 20% to 5%, they’ll pay businesses a £1000 bonus for every staff member kept on after the furlough scheme comes to an end, there’s a temporary end to stamp duty, a £1.6 billion package for the arts and heritage sector, and the government will pay the wages of trainees aged between 16 and 24 for 6 months.