Firstly, a bit of a Grump. I hope you don’t mind. This posting would have been made around noon yesterday (27/12) had my computer not suffered a violent attack from spyware known as ‘Antivirus Live’. I think it must have arrived from a ‘banner’ on a website I had open at the time. It completely evaded the ‘Zonealarm Extreme Security’ that I installed after the last, much less invasive, virus attack from ‘Shield Safe’, another evil thing that I removed a few weeks ago with assistance from Darren, Alan and Robert. It has taken many hours of effort to remove (if only temporarily?) this latest spyware, and it has stretched my computer know how, such as it is, to new limits.
I was going to thank the above-named for their earlier help, and now I do so again, as without that help I wouldn’t have had the confidence to tackle today’s problem.
There is a Lesson to be Learned. Don’t leave websites that stream advertising ‘banners’ open on the desktop, however reputable the host site may be.
Anyway, back to the intended topic, our Christmas Eve walk. We were planning to go to Styal, but given the icy conditions, and the presence of an 84 year old in the party, we decided on the flat grounds of Dunham Massey and its surrounds.
So, only four days after our last visit, Sue and I enjoyed the same stroll from Dunham Massey to the Swan with Two Nicks via the Bridgewater Canal, now well frozen and suitable for skating on!
This time we had Jenny (Night Bird) and Dot for company in the snow.
Then it was through the meadows to Dunham Massey House,
and on along a familiar circuit around the grounds.
We stopped for mulled wine, shortbread and brownies, of course!
Then paused with many others to admire the fallow deer.
The whole route apart from the descent from the canal was safe despite the ice, so we were able to return intact to enjoy our Christmas festivities, passing the usual selection of bird life on the way back to the car park.