Today’s guest picture of helmet hair was sent to me by my Maine correspondent. She had been for a 13 mile cycle ride and tells me that she, Laurie is in the picture with her husband Clif . They live in Winthrop, Maine, and that picture was taken at Norcross Point, which is by Maranacook Lake in Winthrop.
There was no chance of me getting a helmet hair shot today as I woke up with a very bad back and struggled to walk let alone cycle. I have had long standing back problems but today’s trouble was a nasty surprise as I have been quite pain free and flexible for some time. It was probably caused by something as simple as sitting in an unaccustomed chair and will soon go away with careful use. Still, it wasted a genuinely warm and sunny day which was a pity.
I staggered out into the garden after breakfast just to record the sunshine.
I really liked this crumpled paper poppy with a bee flying in.
That completed my activity for the morning.
The other surprise of the day was a triumph of good service.
A few days ago I decided to take advantage of a part exchange offer from WEX, a photographic supplier. I sent off the details of the the lens I wanted to exchange and got a very good offer which I accepted. The firm sent me prepaid labels and I posted off my lens on the understanding that they might well alter their offer when they had examined the lens closely.
I thought that the offer was a bit too good to be true and wondered whether my description of the lens as ‘lightly used’ might be a bit optimistic. The firm rang me and told me that their examiner had indeed downgraded my view of the state of the lens by a grade and naturally, I feared the worst. Would the offer be halved? It had seemed too good to be true. I held my breath.
The price will have to be reduced they said. Then they told me by how much and I breathed out. Since the reduction was only about 8% of the total this was but a trifle and I accepted the new valuation with alacrity.
When I rang up the sales team half an hour later, my trade in was safely credited to my account and I was able to purchase not only the new lens that I wanted but a new photo printer to go with it.
This was yesterday. The printer and the lens arrived today! I don’t believe that I have ever received such prompt, fair and reliable service.
To add to my happiness, the printer was soon set up and worked well.
As far as the lens went, Mrs Tootlepedal drove me up to the Moorland Feeders and I pointed it at some birds. It is early days but it looks quite promising to me. Here is a selection of the results.
For the technically minded, the new lens is a Sigma 150-600mm and it should let me improve the quality of my bird pictures when I have mastered it.
On our way home, Mrs Tootlepedal first stopped to buy a battery for a humane cat scarer which she recently purchased as she is fed up with cats making a mess of her flower and vegetable beds and then stopped again at the Kilngreen.
I was hoping for a flying gull to test the new lens but instead I found Mr Grumpy sitting down, a most unusual sight indeed.
Perhaps he had a bad back too.
When we got home, my back was eased enough to let me mow the middle and front lawns although my mower pushing style was a bit inelegant.
Then I took a picture or two.
The handbook says darkly that it doesn’t work at all on deaf cats….or white cats…or very old cats…or perhaps any cats. They offer no guarantees. We shall see.
Mrs Tootlepedal was hanging the onions up to dry in the greenhouse.
The last of the rambler roses.
Then I went in and sat down for the rest of the day.
There have been quite enough birds already in the post so no flying bird of the day in any shape or form.