Friday, 23 July 2021

21 in 21 - Weekly Photo #29 - w/c 19/7/21

Despite it being very hot this week I did manage to get out for a walk on Wednesday evening.  It was just after 9 pm but it was still light enough.  The moon was already visible though:

Not quite a full moon but nearly.

Friday's Fave Five - 23/7/21

Goodness me, where did the week go?  It doesn't seem a week since I last posted but it obviously is.  Time to look back on the blessings of the week and then share them over at Susanne's site:  Living to Tell the Story.

Here are mine:

1)  Cooler weather today.  We have had temperatures hovering just below 30⁰ C this week.  It hasn't felt much cooler overnight either so sleeping has been difficult.  I find it exhausting but today we're down to low 20s and this evening when I went for a walk I needed a cardigan!

2)  Flowers in my front flower bed

I had no idea what that bush would produce but aren't they lovely?
Having done a google search I think it's a Yucca plant.

3)  A successful trip to the optician.  This was well overdue but you know, this COVID thing has really disrupted everything.  My prescription definitely needed changing.  It was a new optician for me, just a 10 minute walk away.  More high-tech than our previous one.  On top of all the usual tests I also had a scan done of my eyes.  Everything looked good so now I just have to wait for my new glasses.

4)  A negative COVID test for Grandson Rory.  There has been a virus going around his nursery which is not COVID but he'd been doing a lot of coughing so they decided to err on the side of caution and get him tested.  They're flying to the states at the end of the month so they're being extra careful at the moment, especially as our case numbers are high again and restrictions have just been eased!  It will be the first time his other grandparents will have seen Vinny.

5)  These:

Yes sometimes it's the little things.  I really need a haircut but first I need to research the local salons.  Anyway my fringe has now got to the awkward length of being too long so that it gets in my eyes but not long enough to tuck behind my ears!  At the opticians today I had to keep holding it back while the tests were done.  So annoying.  I need a hairclip I thought.  I used to have lots of different ones and combs but when we moved I got rid of them because I never used them but..... I kept these!  I'm not sure the clipped back look is particularly flattering but I'm past caring at my age lol.

So those are my 5 of this week.

The mystery identity of the bird I spotted last week has also been solved:
It's a green woodpecker.

Have a good weekend all.  Ours is forecast to be a wet one.  

Friday, 16 July 2021

Friday's Fave Five - 16/7/21

Well it's Friday again and time to look back on the blessings of the week and then head over to Susanne's page to share them with others.  (Here - Living to Tell the Story )

1)  Spending time at my daughter's helping to do some sorting as they prepare to move house.  So glad I'm retired!

2)  Spending time with Grandkids - we saw all four London based little ones this week.  Of course we miss the other 2 but hopefully we'll see them again too.  

Can't believe Ella will be 8 months tomorrow.

3)  A negative COVID test.  I agreed to take part in a research project which involved taking a test and sending it off.  I did the test last Saturday and the result came through on Tuesday as negative.  Of course it does rely on me having administered the test correctly.  (Test results at the test centres for anyone with symptoms come through much quicker.)

4)  We had torrential rain during the week but fortunately we weren't flooded as some areas of London were and even those areas weren't as badly hit as some areas of Europe.  And now we have lots of sunshine.  It's definitely summer!

5)  I'm keeping up my walking but the hot weather means I'm tending to walk in the evening when it's cooler.  I managed just over 3 miles tonight and spotted this little fellow:

No idea what bird it is but the red stripe on its head caught my eye.  Name that bird anyone?

Have a good weekend all.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

21 in 21 - Weekly photo #28 - w/c 12/7/21

Another few from the lake this week taken on my evening walk:

Good to see how well the cygnets are doing.  The heron was a bit camera shy.