We have had some reasonable weather (at last) over the past few weeks and the garden has really burst into life. I think the huge amount of rain earlier in the year has really benefited my Rhododendron. It’s quite difficult to photograph, but with a combination of the Sigma DP1 and Olympus E620 I managed to get a few images.
I put my old Tamron macro lens on the Olympus via an adaptor, It’s tricky to focus as the viewfinder on the Olympus is a bit small and the depth of field very shallow.
The Bee’s love it.
I tried the 1 to 1 adaptor on the lens and photographed a few of the plants around the garden.
The Humble Dandelion
My midnight visitor comes in every day now for his breakfast or tea, quite often both. He’s such a sweet little cat, today he was a bit dusty. I’m still not sure if he has a home of sorts, but someone must be feeding him as he is at least 9 years old. Of course he might be a (click link) “Six Dinner Sid” but I don’t mind.
Well spring has finally arrived in my part of the UK, even managed to get some gardening done today with a little help from Mimi & Fleur.
Signs Of Life
P.S Was having a snooze on the sofa yesterday afternoon when I was gently woken by a soft purring and a nuzzling around my ear, it was my black and white midnight cat visitor wanting some food and a fuss.
My midnight visitor pops in for his breakfast nearly everyday now, he comes into my sitting room and looks at me in that way that cats do when they want feeding. I bent down to stroke him and he gently nuzzled my eyebrow.
My cat Fleur finishing off my plate of porridge oats, I make it with milk and then add salt and butter.
I was just getting ready to go to bed when I heard the cat door open, my two cats shot up and slinked towards the hall. I switched off all the electrical appliances, picked up my phone and headed to the kitchen.
And was greeted by this lovely little cat standing by the food bowls, a bit spooked at first but I spoke softly and gently and was allowed a quick pet which was reciprocated by purring. I think I know this cat, when my 2 first put in an appearance in the garden in 2008 they were often accompanied by a a small black & white cat, who on one occasion dropped a mouse (meal) in front of Fleur (my mother cat) I’m pretty sure it’s a male. I really hope he’s got a home, he looks reasonably well fed, and I don’t mind giving him a bit of food when he comes to visit.
Well we all met up at the Roller Skating rink last Friday, quite an experience !!!! It was Roller Disco night. I was expecting to glide out serenely on to the floor and whizz around effortlessly, ha. I’m used to skating on wooden or hard stone floors, this one was vinyl tiles, it felt weird, and slow, and why didn’t anyone tell me that your feet get wider when you get older, so I had to come in and take a pair of socks off. Managed to fall over 3 times, all the youngsters just skated around me completely oblivious. My skates felt strange seeming to go quickly and then abruptly slow down, I think the bearings which were slightly rusty are past their best. Not going to give up though, a new pair of skates (wider fitting) and some practise, as it’s such good exercise, and surprisingly I didn’t ache too much the next day. Stay tuned.
On the last but one PhotoWalk with my photo buddies I wanted to have a look at the factory where I started my very first job on the 4th of August 1969. I was taken on as an apprentice Lithographic Printer at Hodgkins-Millar & Co, with a weekly wage of £5-0-3d. Looking at the building seems it to have taken on new and varied uses !
The car at the bottom of the driveway in the picture is where I would park my Francis Barnett motorbike. After the first week of work I wanted to go back to school, loading an A1 size press with heavy art paper was hard work, not to mention the many paper cuts on my hands, they gave me a pair of linen gloves so that I didn’t mark the paper with blood from the paper cuts. Needless to say I stuck it out but within 3 months I was working for a different company as an apprentice Litho Platemaker (a step up).
The view looking across the road. It was always an industrial part of the city, with plenty of old shops, characterful pubs, and Victorian factories, not so much today, the pubs and shops have been demolished and the area is a bit rundown. I took the photographs on my Minolta X700 using Kodak Tri-X, a film I haven’t used for many years.
My helpers, supervising my work this morning.
There have been big changes for the group of cats (mother cat, two female kittens and a male kitten) that my neighbour has been taking care of. I can’t believe it was July last year when they first appeared on the scene. They have all grown into fine looking cats, and are really gentle and affectionate. She contacted Cats Protection to see if they could help neuter and re-home them, a volunteer from the local branch visited yesterday and took two of the cats for neutering.
I’m guessing this one is the male.
I felt really sad that they were probably going to be split up, and will miss seeing them around, but cats are pretty resilient creatures and often prefer to be on their own. They have been such a great comfort to my neighbour who is partially disabled, I know she will miss them terribly. My two cats though will be pleased/relieved as mum and the kittens had been wandering into my garden along with five visiting Tom cats !!!!!
She is going to keep this one, she’s such a sweetie and gets on with her own cat.
I have noticed quite a change in the behaviour of my own cats as the Tom’s and kittens appeared in my/their garden, they haven’t been going out so much, and unless I’m out in the garden come back in very quickly. Last night Fleur (out of character) started scratching at the carpet, I said No in a loud firm voice and looked straight at her, she immediately jumped on to the arm of the sofa and sidled up to me, and very gently touched my nose with hers, well what do you do !!!!
It had forecast we were going to have some snow, didn’t think we would get so much.
Think I’ll Stay Indoors
Mimi wasn’t impressed.
View From The Front Window #1
Took these with my old Olympus C8080WZ