Mum, undecided even as she reached Wattlebury Village Hall where the EU referendum was taking place in June, says she made her mind up about which way to vote in the car park.
"The Song Thrush said 'Vote Leave, Vote Leave' Gordon" she told me. "And so that's what I did"
But our favourite of the family is the Robin. With his clear, high and very varied sweet notes and twitters, he brightens the darkest of winter days. Who can be miserable with such unrivalled enthusiasm for life and with such a bright and cheery redbreast! No wonder everyone loves the Robin. Mum once told me that her favourite Christmas card has snow, a postbox , a robin and a liberal scattering of glitter on the front of it.
With cheery song, come sun or rain
Hopping, bopping, flitting through
Dear Friend Robin, loyal and true.