Proof that robins are bravest

I’ve been reluctant to put up bird feeders in the past because of the presence in our household of an ageing but wiley cat who, after barely moving through winter, comesĀ back to life in Spring at the sound of baby birds tweeting.

But then I saw theseĀ feeders that you attach directly to your window, removing any possibility of the cat being able to intercept any feathered visitors on route. With great excitement, my three-year-old and I attached it to the window, filled it with a bird banquet, and waited…

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Valentines Park

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Valentines Mansion (photo: valentines mansion.com)

If you fancy a change of scene, I can recommend Valentines Park, which includes Valentines Mansion and Gardens. I admit I’d never heard of it myself until it was recommended to me and we’ve been a couple of times recently.

I feel like I should have known about it already though – not least because it was the third placed London park in the People’s Choice Awards 2015 (our very own Vicky park has been the winner for the last two years).

It’s actually a huge park and two visits haven’t been enough to see the whole thing, but here are some highlights.

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