Burnby Hall Gardens lies in the North Yorkshire town of Pocklington, the one time home of my mother-in-law. We went to see the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies to be covered shortly. However the dovecote caught my eye, full of birds, mostly all-white. I’m informed by a friend that a certain ruthlessness is required for a colony of doves to be entirely white – technically the collective noun is “piteousness of doves”, though I prefer “colony”.

So I guess there is to be no dovecote in our garden as I am not pitiless.

I did spot one miscreant intruder, strutting its stuff, a muscular escapee from a loft and one I should have reported.

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