Progress and frustration

manifold lambs

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.

manifold lambs

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.

siskin and goldfinch
A siskin and goldfinch having a discussion

The birds looked as though they were feeling the cold a bit, not to mention the brisk wind.

goldfinches

But occasional shafts of sunshine cheered things up a bit.

goldfinches
We certainly have a lot of goldfinches about at present

After lunch, the wind didn’t get any less intrusive…

wood pigeon
Not a happy looking wood pigeon

…but the sun arrived to pick out a redpoll in all its glory.

redpoll
The wind was still nippy though

redpoll

And in a moment of almost transcendental joy, it also let me finish turning the contents of Bin C into Bin D.

compost
Have you ever seen anything more exciting?

And then I had time for a garden wander.  There is plenty of colour about even if spring is creeping along very slowly indeed.

April flowers

And useful insects too.

insect of daffodil

bee on tulip
This bee couldn’t find a way into the tulip and banged round the side for some time.

The first tulips are starting to go over but they still have the capacity to delight.

tulips

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.

collared dove
A collared dove paid us a visit

I thought though, that this picture of a chaffinch among the rather scanty plum blossom summed up the day best.

chaffinch

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.

flying goldfinch

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

20 thoughts on “Progress and frustration

  1. Beautiful photos, as always. No scones? Sounds like the days was saved though with good iced buns and Jaffa cake. I had to look up what Jaffa cakes are.

    It does look a bit blustery there with the birds all puffed up. The bumble bees do seem to have a bit more of a problem with some flowers, but do a great job of pollinating blueberries with their small white bell-shaped flowers that point down. They are said to sonicate the blooms with their buzzing, resulting in better pollination than honeybees on blueberries. I was pleased to see a number of large, healthy bumblebees working the berry patch this spring.

    1. That sounds very promising. I notice that the bees seem to leave the daffodils alone so it might just be scarcity of other flowers that led this one to try out a trumpet.

  2. It sounds like an up and down day, between the weather, the power company, and the web hosting service, I’d be very frustrated to say the least. On the plus side, more beautiful flowers, and a host of pretty, if ruffled, feathered friends to help you pass the time.

  3. Life is full of frustrations but thanks for that excellent photograph of the redpoll in the sunshine. Glad the visit to the physio went well and that Luke is making such good progress.

  4. Sorry indeed about the technical hitches, but good news that the physio has been helpful.
    Lovely picture of the collared dove.

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