Tuesday 24th January
Late afternoon: Male and female Peregrine on the 'tower' at Fisherfleet, King's Lynn along with 32 Turnstones, 1 Magpie, 2 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail and tons of gulls, including Herring Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Common Gulls and a few Great Black-backed Gulls. With much scanning, I couldn't find any Glaucous or Caspian Gulls.
Visited Father, who looked very sleepy and not able to say any words or open his eyes when I first arrived. He did become more alert after I gave him his pureed tea, which consisted of something orange/savoury in a bowl and a yoghurt, which I mashed a banana into. He had two thirds of his coffee and a lemon drink. Staff reported that he is eating well. He remarked 'I wondered where you had got to?' – so he had noticed I have not been for a few days. This surprised me considering how tired he looked, that he would even remember when I had last been! I sat with him for a long time, just holding his hands and watching the comings and goings of the mobile residents, whilst the rest sat in their chairs, watching TV, watching each other, waiting for bedtime.
Quick visit to Mother to get the on-line shopping list and to de-flea the cat with its second monthly course of 'Frontline' which I bought from the vets. In the pack are three pipettes, one to be given every four weeks – the pipette is squeezed into the skin at the neck between the shoulder blades. Last month the cat was very sleepy when I administered the first pipette and it all went smoothly. However, the cat pretended it was sleepy this evening and then turned ferociously into wild cat mode in the middle of me squeezing the pipette onto its skin, which resulted in lots of sticky fur and an angry cat! Luckily I didn't get scratched. Whilst watching 'Winterwatch' with Mother, I got several death glares from the cat! Hopefully it will have forgotten by the third month!