It’s the same every year; the orange berries on this tree are completely ignored until we have a severe frost – the frost can be January or it can be like yesterday’s -15°C – then the mistle thrushes appear and devour them all. They patiently wait in the higher trees for their ‘turn’; I counted fourteen (when they stood still for a moment) in the garden yesterday, until Carlo the cat made a poor effort at trying to catch one – to be fair, his charge through 20cm of fluffy snow was never going to be a thing of elegance!
The tree is now stripped bare, it only took one day, but the birds remain, surfing through the snow looking for those berries they dropped – I still don’t give Carlo much chance!
Anyway a few weekend links for you:
The latter auction catalogue is of interest for two reasons; firstly the unbelievably fabulous bottles and their attendant prices, but secondly because the source of some of these bottles is believed to be the same as those forged Ponsot bottles in the Acker-Merrall auction in 2008. You may note from the previous link that there are open questions about labels and the numbers on the labels of some of these lots. I have a high degree of scepticism as to why the bottles were were consigned from the US to be sold in the UK – is it simply because the UK is generally less litigious(?)
[Edit]: And now the smoking gun… I’m sure we are all happy to suspend (dis)belief and agree that Percy Fox would occasionally spell the name of their road incorrectly on the labels they fixed to bottles of Romanée-Conti:
A crop from the auction catalogue, page 98. Here’s a better image from the auction website…