There is no current significance to this picture but I have put it here as it is two years, more or less to the day, since I started this blog and this was the first picture that appeared. I note, somewhat sadly considering my present state of health, that I cycled a hundred miles, including a 2000ft summit, on the that day. It was good to be young then.
As some readers may know, I started the blog when I realised that in the nine years since I was given a book at the millennium by my daughter to record interesting things that happened to me in the 21 st century, I had only managed to make one entry. The blog has changed that and I have pretty well manged a post every day for the past two years. Whether they have contained anything interesting is up to you to judge but I have enjoyed writing them. An added bonus is the many interesting people that I have met virtually through the blogosphere and who provide me with a daily diet of varied reading and wonderful pictures.
Writing the blog has accidentally got me interested in photography and wild life and I think that both of these will turn out to be abiding interests.
The photography interest was to the fore this morning, as I arranged for a photographer from our local paper to come and mark the opening of our photographic exhibition in the Town Hall Gallery.
The exhibition is in the same place as one of our tourist information points and when the volunteer for that didn’t turn up, I took his place and spent a quiet morning waiting for tourists. I didn’t get many tourists but Dropscone dropped in to admire his daughter’s pictures. I did break off for twenty minutes to go and get my blood tested. I’ve still got some which is good.
When I got home, the garden beckoned in the sunny weather which has followed after my sister’s return to London. I mowed the middle lawn and then took the camera out.
There was a selection of birds about.
I wanted to take advantage of the good weather so I left Mrs Tootlepedal painting the shredder…
… and I set off on the slow bike to go to the moorland feeders to see if I could see a woodpecker or two.
I noticed a reed bunting first…
..but I didn’t have to wait long for a woodpecker to arrive.
It spent a lot of time flitting between the feeders..
…with a beak full of seeds from here.
…to put in the cracks of the wooden feeder. It gave me a lot of entertainment and I have put an album of pictures on Facebook for those with time to waste. When the woodpecker flew off, other birds were available.
And even smaller flying objects.
Then another woodpecker turned up and headed for the nuts in a more conventional fashion.
Though it did have a go at being a perching bird.
The powers that be (she knows who she is) have not provided bird watching seats for the elderly so in spite of the bird action and the beautiful surroundings…
…my legs called a halt to the enjoyment and I cycled off down to the Kilngreen where I saw a welcome sight on a hot day.
I had enough money in my pocket for a nougat wafer and I sat on a bench by the river to enjoy it. Then I cycled round the pheasant hatchery…
..and enjoyed another sit down, this time on a rock by the River Esk.
When I got home, I scarified the front lawn to remove more of the dead moss and then mowed it. Then for good measure, I mowed the drying green as well. You can tell the weather is good when you get to mow three lawns in the same day.
Not surprisingly, I felt that I had done enough for the day by then so I retired indoors for a thorough sit down.
Today’s flying bird was a black headed gull which cruised past while I was eating my ice cream.
Visit Sandy’s blog to see the pictures he has put in our exhibition.