Ladybird

Ladybird

Today’s picture is of a Ladybird on tone of our Rosemary plants; it was almost two Green Woodpeckers. As I sorted out the kitchen after lunch, I looked out of the window and there were two Green Woodpeckers in the orchard. I went to get the camera, but at the same time two motorbikes went down the lane and frightened them away.

I have spent much of the morning watching the London Marathon and plan to spend the afternoon knitting or catching up with my reading.

Robin

Today’s picture is of a Ladybird on tone of our Rosemary plants; it was almost two Green Woodpeckers. As I sorted out the kitchen after lunch, I looked out of the window and there were two Green Woodpeckers in the orchard. I went to get the camera, but at the same time two motorbikes went down the lane and frightened them away.

I have spent much of the morning watching the London Marathon and plan to spend the afternoon knitting or catching up with my reading.

Bumblebee

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Another very hot day, it was supposed to rain, not that I am complaining, although it is rather too hot to do very much, inside or out. The washing dried beautifully and the fans have done their best to keep us cool. Today’s picture, after a very quick walk around the garden, is of a Bumblebee on a Lavender flower.

I have spent much of the day fighting making some photographs do exactly what I want them to do; I am winning.

Ocado delivered this morning and it was not up to its usual standard; it seems to have been a week of various problems. Just after the driver left to turn his vehicle round I noticed that one of the bags was leaking. My husband stopped the driver who was not at all happy about being stopped. There were five sticky items in one of the bags, he said it was condensation. I do know the difference between condensation and a sticky deposit that stuck to my fingers and to my feet in the hall. After humming and haring he registered them for a refund as damaged goods. After washing the floor I then sorted out my shopping. The banana were loose in a bag, not ‘sell by’ date and no tag round the bag. Three were very bruised, the other four just overripe, but the bag looked as though it had been made up of oddments. One pack of yogurts had a short ‘sell by’ date, so I had to telephone Ocado who sorted out the problems and have reported the matter to the correct department.

Wild Mallow with Insect

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I spent the morning sorting out various appointments and my Ocado order, which will be delivered on Saturday this week rather than Friday. I also booked a ten-week course in Saffron Walden for ‘Beginners Patchwork’ stating in October. In the distant past I did a lot of sewing, knitting and craftwork, but only a little patchwork, so decided that this ten-week course would be a good idea.

After lunch I started on the housework and had completed all of the downstairs and half of the stairs when my husband called me to help him clear the blocked drain. I spent some of the afternoon with my arm, up to the elbow down the kitchen drain! Between us we eventually cleared the blockage and was surprised to see that there were some bits of cement and brick rubble, left by the builders no doubt, which had caused part of the problem. My job was also to catch these bits as they flowed towards the sceptic tank. My husband cannot get down on his knees very well and his large hands make the job more difficult for him. It is not the first time I have had to do this and I doubt that it will be the last.

Today’s picture is of an insect on a wild Mallow flower, which is growing in our largest border; I have no idea what the insect might be.