Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s recent visit to Amsterdam. It shows the station clock. Unusually for a clock, it doesn’t show the time on this face. By a curious mechanism it is able to show the direction of the wind which the weather vane on the tower is recording. (There is also a flying bird in the frame!)
My day started with a visit to the doctor, occasioned by a few short dizzy spells over recent days. The doctor took my blood pressure, felt my pulse, peered into my eyes and ears, and listened to my heart. Having discovered that I was alive and well, he sent me home to sit quietly for three days, which I fully intend to do.
If I am still dizzy after that, he will prescribe some pills. As I don’t like taking pills if I can help it, I intend to be steady as a rock after the three days of rest are over. In the meantime, blogs are going to be quite dull.
Luckily, Dropscone came round for coffee in the morning and Mike Tinker came round for tea in the afternoon so I was not devoid of good company and Mrs Tootlepedal was on hand with constant support.
And there were several birds to look at to help to pass the time.
A siskin started the bird day off with a watching brief on the fake tree…
…and soon siskins arrived at the feeder itself.
Then a chaffinch got tucked in…
…and made sure that I knew what it was eating.
A goldfinch sized up the position…
…and flew down to get a seed for itself.
Another perched on a stalk…
…before heading for the feeder and lunch.
Soon goldfinches and siskins were eating, but still keeping an eye out for…
Below the feeder, the ground nibblers were about. A dunnock crept past some promising daffodils…
…while a robin looked around…
…and a blackbird took up a solid position.
Looking down on it all was a rook in the walnut tree.
The kind people who run the servers where the Archive Group website sits have updated the version of PHP which they will allow me to use. As a result the page which produces the results for a picture search no longer works. This gave me a lot of headaches and after some to-ing and fro-ing, I now know where the problem lies. Solving it will be more difficult as it involves understanding things like this:
PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function
thrown in /home/****/****.com/****.php
on line 16
This code is no longer supported so I will have to find out what the new version is or at least find someone who can tell me. (The asterisks are the file names). I might have understood this some years ago when the website was first written but I certainly have forgotten all about it now.
Still, I have time on my hands for the next couple of days!
The flying bird of the day is a siskin in determined mood..