Today’s guest picture was provided by my brother. He thinks there should be a counterbalance to the many white lambs which have appeared in the blog lately. He saw these diverse lambs on a walk in the Peak Distract.
We had another cold and (very) windy day today so I was pleased that my banked cycling mileage for the month would let me take a day off without feeling guilty about it.
It was brightened by the appearance of Dropscone and Sandy for coffee. Dropscone had been shopping so there were no scones but I was able to plug the gaps with a combination of iced buns and mini Jaffa cakes so we didn’t starve.
After coffee, I sat down to make the most of the morning by putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database but suffered the first frustration of the day when I couldn’t access the server to put the data in. This has happened before and cured itself so I am hoping that it might do so again. (It hadn’t by the end of the day.)
The enforced rest allowed me to spend more time than lately in staring out of the window. There was plenty to look at.
The birds looked as though they were feeling the cold a bit, not to mention the brisk wind.
But occasional shafts of sunshine cheered things up a bit.
After lunch, the wind didn’t get any less intrusive…
…but the sun arrived to pick out a redpoll in all its glory.
And in a moment of almost transcendental joy, it also let me finish turning the contents of Bin C into Bin D.
And then I had time for a garden wander. There is plenty of colour about even if spring is creeping along very slowly indeed.
And useful insects too.
The first tulips are starting to go over but they still have the capacity to delight.
The sun was a cause of frustration though as it came out at the same time as I had an appointment to visit the physio so I couldn’t make the best of it with a walk.
On the plus side, the visit to the physio was very helpful. She was pleased with my progress and had useful suggestions for further action and will see me again in a month for a further check. I walked back home with a spring in my step.
After a cup of tea, I had a moment to look out of the window again.
I thought though, that this picture of a chaffinch among the rather scanty plum blossom summed up the day best.
I still had time to go for a walk but I foolishly thought that I ought to try to get some sense out the Archive Group power suppliers as they had not written me the promised letter of explanation after a month of waiting. This was not a life affirming experience and not only am I no nearly a satisfactory conclusion to my problems but it took so long that I hadn’t time for a walk.
Luckily my flute pupil Luke came to cheer me up with some excellent playing and good signs of progress. He is a really good lad and I get great pleasure out of our duets.
A final moment of frustration to round off the day came when I got a message from the website hosting company suggesting a solution to my database problems. It was good to get a helpful suggestion from people who know but the fact that it didn’t work modified my rapture severely. I will see if my younger son can help me out. He knows about these things.
The flying bird of the day is one of the flock of goldfinches.