After some days hibernating and watching the snow refusing to thaw, we ventured out to pay the deposit for our house purchase. Leaving the flat, we encountered this woman (pictured) feeding a scrum of swans with the occasional goose and duck trying to get a beak in. She apologised for offering goodness-denuded white bread but explained that the grain they were usually fed was getting lost in the slush.
Entering the town proper where the pavements were still only partially cleared, we spent a pleasant hour in Reading Museum. There is a gallery devoted to finds from Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum)as well as a beautiful replica of the Bayeux Tapestry woven in the nineteenth century. Reversing our steps on the way back, we were mobbed by hopeful swans, utterly tame. They were out of luck.
Tomorrow we plan to visit the movies ("Orange Wednesday"!) and Friday perhaps we'll make it into London and visit a few galleries.