What’s amazing & beautiful to you?

We’ve got aircon at work. I went to work this morning with my raincoat and warm clothes on as it was cold and threatening to rain.  I didn’t go out at all today.  As I left work this evening the heat hit me.  The last time I remember feeling that was getting out of the plane in a hot country, many years ago.

hidden at first..

I so nearly put this out of focus hidden pic as the main profile one.. managed to resist.  Where’s this post going.. not really sure but it’s all to do with Bill.. Bill is a virtual friend (I’m sure, like me, you’ve got many too these days, we used to call them pen pals..) who lives across the pond from me and today was one of the few times our worlds collided.  Because I can’t work out how to put pics onto twitter I blog here, then link it if Bill wants to see a pic I’ve taken and mentioned.   I know, I must get more IT literate..

yummy food in this dead tree..

After my walk home I walked into the house where, because it was so cool, I decided (for the first time this summer) not to open the back door.  Instead, I put my bag on the table and through the flowers in the vase I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Within a few feet of my window a lesser spotted woodpecker was enjoying making holes in my bench!   I’ve seen them before in the garden but not this year and not that close to my window.  I live in an industrial area of Peterborough!

excellent camouflage..

Using the flowers for my camouflage I got the camera and took what I could before it flew away.  Then promised Bill I’d post them.

getting closer and taking off the zoom

I’m writing this before I have any idea what the pictures look like.. I’m sure they’ll be out of focus, the flash’s not working on my camera but I’m sure the woodpecker would have flown away sooner than it did.

lesser spotted woodpecker

A lesser spotted woodpecker feeding from my home made bench within a few feet of me!  It was a beautiful and amazing sight for me to come home to.  What’s amazing & beautiful to you that you’d want to take pictures, tweet and blog about?


choices and priorities

Morning! I’ve not got long so this is rather a rushed post but it’s been in my head for the past week.. What choices are you making? Right now. Reading this or writing your own blog? Reading this or watering the garden? Reading this or feeding the birds? Reading this or getting ready for work? Reading this or reading to your children?
robin nesting in peg bag
Don’t get me wrong.. I’m very glad you’re reading this or I wouldn’t have written it if I didn’t want people to read it.. Or would I? That’s a mistake many non writers make. I don’t write this so you can read it, I wrote this because I need to get it out of my head, to give me space for other ideas to ferment and generate, particularly my latest novel that I’m struggling to find the brain space for. If people read this page and get anything from it it’s a bonus and a very happy one at that.
tomato and pepper plants
I make tons of choices all of the time partly because I have so many hobbies and luckily because I have so many friends, but also because I have all of the household duties to do or not. For me, choices and priorities over the past few weeks have been around writing my latest novel, keeping enough bird food in stock while they’re all busy feeding lots of extra mouths, hanging my washing inside because of the nesting robins, re-potting my grown from seed plants if I want to enjoy any hand picked tomatoes and peppers from my garden this summer and spending time with friends and family. Ooh, not forgetting catching the latest shadows of flowers from my garden for new paintings.
catching flower shadows
Huge thanks for popping by and choosing to read this!
We all make choices every day.
What other choices will you make today?