This is a bit of a random post - I thought I would share a few photos that I have taken either on my phone or my camera this week.
This first photo I took at work earlier in the week. You are probably wondering "why on earth is this woman taking a photo of a roof?" And I wouldn't blame you. But can you see the little wagtail to the left of the photo, half way up? This roof is within a quadrant and there are 4 floors above me so I only see what the weather is like by looking up. One day last week, we had the window open and I suddenly heard some very happy chirping from outside and there was this little wagtail, drinking water from the puddles and singing happily. I only had chance to take one photo before he flew away but that one moment brightened my day.
Incidentally, a few months ago we had a coot living on this roof for about 2 weeks. We were worried that he wouldn't be able to fly up out of the quadrant so several us were leaving food for Wally (Wally the wading bird, of course!!). But one Monday we returned to work to find he had gone - hopefully he had managed to fly away.
This is our big guinea pig Tuc, waiting to be fed in the morning. He lives in a hutch in our kitchen and each morning he nibbles the side of his sleeping quarters (the grey bit in the photo) and then looks up at us as much to say "can I have my breakfast now please?" We love him to bits!
These lovely simple flowers were the table decoration at the organic farm near us that we like to visit. Such a simple display but delightful. DH and I stopped here for a quick cup of tea.
On Saturday we drove to Sheffield - my elder son has finished his first year at University and we collected him and his belongings. Before leaving Sheffield we visited this cafe just near to where he has been living. It was a lovely cafe with mismatched tables and this fantastic view! This photo just doesn't do the view justice - I loved all the industriousness of the view. The building opposite was called "Global Steel Works" and the moulding above the name included a blue globe. Towards the bottom of the photo there was some lovely brick work below ground level for the canal and in the far background there are cranes and all the usual sights expected in an industrial city. It was raining and yet the doors were open, it wasn't cold and I could have sat there drinking coffee, chatting, reading my book, knitting all day. The scrambled egg on toast with bacon was pretty good too!
(NOTE: so why does a cafe with mismatched tables looks so trendy and yet my lounge with mismatched furniture just looks..... well, like a mismatch!!)
So it has been a bank holiday weekend here in the UK. Saturday was WET, with heavy rain but Sunday was beautiful - blue skies and sunshine. Three us of decided to have short outing to a park near us.
This park gets very busy at weekends so we left home about mid-afternoon in a bid to miss the biggest crowds, but as we really wanted a cup of tea in the cafe we marched quickly across the park heading towards the refreshments before the cafe closed.
Now that elder son is home and with his predilection for hot chocolates I got another photo to add to my collection!
The park looked beautiful in the sun.
And after such a sunny day yesterday, today has been dull with drizzle nearly all day. I've been working through my son's pile of washing but some is still looking very sorry for itself, hanging limply on the line. I managed to get 3 loads dried yesterday.
So today was a day for tidying the garage - or at least half of it. I discovered that some mice had made themselves a nice cosy home for the winter in my oasis!
And don't you just love the odd assortment of things you find in boxes! I love the colours and textures.
I hope you have a good weekend! Wouldn't another day off just be dandy though?