Good Morning

Not such an impressive morning, so I suppose we cannot have a brilliant sunrise every day. It was similar yesterday, but during the day the sun appeared again and we had a very pleasant afternoon, so I made myself comfortable outside on the porch with my book, although only an hour. I decided to prepare my super self made meatloaf for tomorrow’s lunch to give less stress for Sunday morning. I also had a pizza to prepare.

At the moment I am reading “The Evening and the Morning” by Ken Follett. It tells of life in England during the year 1,000 so it really goes back in time when people were settled in small hamlets, usually around rivers. King Ethelred was on the throne. At that time it seems all the people had such strange names beginning with an “E”, and there were even slaves employed. Now and again the Vikings would invade, leaving death and destruction behind them after taking all that was worth taking. I started the book some time ago, but did not get so far as I was busy with other chores. However, I have now reduced my blogging somewhat and have more time to enjoy a good book. I have read most of Ken Follett’s historical novels and enjoy them very much.

I had a pleasant surprise as I was finishing. Someone rang the doorbell and it was not the postman, he only rings twice.. I was not really expecting anyone, we rarely get visitors, but my computer superguy was standing at the door with my newly repaired Mac computer. It was not really broke, but after eight years the internal battery was getting flat. Apple have internal batteries, so it needed an expert to replace it. He was passing by on his way home from his office and decided to drop it off, knowing that I am usually at home. We switched it on and it was alive. Strange how you can forget your normal routine on a computer after not having it for some time. I attached my mouse and after remembering my password (which was almost a miracle) I was back on line. The computer looks quite new, the screen being again spotless and clean. I do clean my screens, but it never looked as good as it did yesterday. My computer guy stayed to make sure I had everything under control again. We were very lucky to find him and he has often helped us out of difficulties. He was recommended by a neighbour we once had. It is almost like a new computer now. It was the best and most modern Mac they had at the time and since nothing really better has appeared. They have a few keys now that do things automatically, but that is just a gimmick for me. We golden oldies all have our little quirks and one of mine is my computer(s). I also have a windows machine for my photos, so the best of both worlds. It is surprising how you get out of the routine when one of your computers is away, yesterday evening after a few minutes I was back in the apple system of doing things.

As I was a little home bound yesteday I concentrated on a few photos of the local feathered friends. This tit was observing what I was doing from this tree.

A few sparrows gathered outside, but did not stay long. their feeding days are now gradually disappearing and in a couple of weeks I will leave them to their own devices. I am sure they will not go hungry. I rarely see a sparrow in the warmer months. they probably retire to the forests to begin nesting and raiding their families. I have never even seen a baby sparrow.

Today I might take a trip to the local farm to see what the chickens are doing. This chicken is quite a nice fluffly one, something special I think. There is always something interesting for a photo. I want to use my scooter a little today so that it will be worth uploading the battery this evening. I will be needing it for my excursion to the vaccination centre tomorrow to get my jab, although it is just a about 20 minutes along the road by scooter. I remember the good old active days when I called walk it with no problem. You never know what might lie ahead in life.

I am now off to my Sunday routine, which is not much different from other days. Perhaps I might cook something a little more special. Have fun, enjoy the day and wear a mask if necessary.