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My husband had an Addenbrookes Hospital appointment this morning and on the drive there I kept thinking I had forgotten something; I had, no camera. So today’s picture was taken on my iPhone. It was either this picture of the River Cam and the clouds, or my Costa coffee cup; this won.

After the appointment we went into Cambridge and had lunch at the University Centre before having a wander around the town. It was very busy, no doubt due to the lovely sunny day.

Catkins

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It rained for most of the night and for some of this morning and still the pond is empty. The sun shone for a while and after lunch my husband and I took a walk around the garden to see what flowers were in bloom. There are some Snowdrops, some Winter Aconites and the Hellebores are just emerging, but other than that not many other flowers.

Today’s picture is of some catkins and yes, the sky really was that blue; for just a little while.

Helicopter

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Another day at my desk, but a very productive one. My husband finished the lawns and the edging, Dougal caught three mice, one was deposited in the dining room. Florence, despite the lovely sunny day, spent the morning in her upstairs bed, venturing out in the afternoon.

I often go outside into the garden between student’s telephone calls and on one occasion this helicopter obligingly flew by. I have no idea what kind it is, but helicopters often fly along, above the M11, which is where this one was heading; it was not an Air Ambulance helicopter. The sky really was that colour, it has not been enhanced in any way.

Helicopters

Today I was filling the bird feeders when three V22 Osprey short-take-off and landing aeroplanes flew overhead; where was my camera? Oh it was in the house. I rarely go into the garden without a camera, but because I was filling bird feeders I did not want to get seed into a camera.

They flew over the house and then two of them circled the marsh, before flying off towards Stansted Airport. I dashed into the house to get my camera in case they came back. No such luck, but I did see the helicopters. I thought there were five, but the Herts and Essex Observer said that there were two Sea King and two UK Police Helicopters. It seems they were practicing for President Obama’s visit later in the week. Today’s picture is of one of the Sea King helicopters, it did not fly into our trees, but they were quite low.

As many of you know, in eleven days time, two years ago, we started modernising our home. There were a great many problems with two different builders, both were fired; we did not think there could be any more problems. Alas, yesterday when I was checking our bank statements an amount had been taken for the kitchen. We were told by Homebase when we ordered the kitchen that we did not have to pay for the kitchen until a year after it had been delivered and that we could pay for it, in full. To cut a long story short, it seems that Homebase say that they delivered the kitchen on Friday 1 April and it was signed for as satisfactory! This coincides with when my husband was in Addenbrookes; I was visiting him. We went over to Homebase in Bishop’s Stortford, during the evening (this is a backblip) and hopefully they will be able to sort it out.

We decided to eat out in Bishop’s Stortford as it was getting late and went to ‘Bill’s’. I was not sure it would be any good as the only other one of these that I have visited was in Cambridge and I was not impressed on that occasion. However, it was very good, especially as they had gluten-free bread to go with my prawn cocktail and chocolate brownies for pudding.

Up The Pole

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Today it has been bright and sunny all day and today’s picture was chosen to show the blue sky. This is one of our resident Squirrels and when he saw me in the garden he left the nut feeder box to run up this telegraph pole. He later, dashed down, ran along the border and disappeared into the hedgerow.

I have caught up on some emails and paperwork, registered my tumble drier, for free parts for ten years, which I had not got around to, as well as filling out some other forms. This afternoon I watched the Chinese Formula One race, not the result I hoped for, but it is still early in the season. Roast to cook for dinner and then possibly catching up on some reading.