The post came early enough this morning for me to grab the latest Birdwatch magazine (February) on my way out to the station.
And I always first turn to my column to remind myself of what I wrote over a month ago – and so, by now, I’ve written another column (March) and am thinking about the next one (April) and I’ll soon get paid for this (February) column in January even though I wrote it in December. Can you see why I have to check where I am?
Actually, it’s always difficult to turn straight to my words because I get distracted by the photos. It’s almost impossible for me not to attempt identification of each photo of a bird, and when the voice in my head has said ‘Richard’s Pipit’ I want to see whether I was right. And I was, although I often am not, and so I was trying to remember the last Richard’s Pipit I saw in the UK. It was a long time ago.
But when I arrived at my column I found it was about what some inspiring young people had told the Number 10 Policy Unit was needed for the environment.