Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Sue who has recently been on an intensive fungus course. She tells me that it is ‘artist’s palette fungus’, which grows on beeches and apparently was the death of this tree.
We are getting excited because we are going to France next week to help celebrate my sister Mary’s eightieth birthday.
We are getting even more excited because a landslip in torrential rain last night has partially blocked the railway that we are hoping to use to get to London on the first stage of our trip tomorrow. Trains seem to be running, if rather delayed, but there is no information about tomorrow’s timetable yet.
Meantime, the sparrows were flying towards to feeder this morning with great regularity…
…though some preferred to sit and watch…
…and others gave up the unequal struggle to get a toehold on the feeder and retired to a willow bush to consider their options.
The morning was enlivened by the arrival of Sandy who had come to pick up my entries for the Cattle Show photographic competition. The show is on next Saturday and we will be coming home from our break on that day so Sandy has kindly offered to take my entries to the tent and stick them up.
Further brightness was added by the arrival of Dropscone, fresh from adventures in Germany where he has been visiting an old friend. He brought scones which would have made him even more welcome if that had been possible.
We all had coffee.
After that excitement had died down, I went out to the garden and mowed the drying green and greenhouse grass….and then looked at poppies. It was another beautiful day, more suited to summer than autumn.
We had some vegetables that needed to be used up before we went away so I made some soup for lunch and then I went out and mowed the middle and front lawns. In a selfish way, I am hoping that the weather in Langholm is cool while we are away so that the grass isn’t too long when we get back. The lawns are looking remarkably good at the moment.
Then it was time to get serious about packing and sorting out what we needed to take with us and what we could easily do without. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we were able to buy holiday insurance and get the policy printed out in minutes so we are all set……as long as our train runs tomorrow.
I pedalled down to the river bank to see what was going on down there.
I made a mess of my camera settings so many wonderful possibilities of pictures will have to remain engraved on the tablets of my mind rather than on the pages of this blog but I did manage to capture Mr Grumpy practising to be Superman.
…Go…..and faster than a speeding train (not very difficult under today’s circumstances).
A duck wisely scooted off down river.
Even if I didn’t catch many good bird pictures, I enjoyed the views while I was there. It really was a lovely day.
There was more excitement during the day when I managed to advance my skills in two pieces of digital technology. I downloaded the WordPress app on to my phone and published a test page for the blog. Then I had to post another one as the photo came out the wrong way at my first attempt so I apologise for cluttering up readers’ lives with unwanted junk.
The reason for this experiment is my intention to put out some very brief phone posts while we are away in France so that I don’t have to lug my laptop round with me…
…and this was also the reason for my second digital step forward.
I connected my Lumix camera to my phone wirelessly and transferred a picture from one to the other. This means that if I take a nice picture on holiday with the Lumix (it might happen), I can pop it onto the phone and then use it in a post. I don’t know how we managed in the old days when we had to wait until we had got home and then go to the chemist to get the film developed….and then burst into tears when we found that all the pictures were terrible.
The day was rounded off by a visit by Mike and Alison and Alison and I created more excitement still as we took some familiar pieces at an unfamiliarly brisk speed….some of them quite successfully.
No flying bird of the day today as there have been five in the post already but there is a flower of the day.