Hail

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I altered my plans for today when I saw the forecast showing hail during the morning. In fact it didn’t fall until just after 12:00, but it was quite a sharp fall, and I was glad I wan’t out in it.

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Ornithogalum dubium

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Not performing very well this year though.

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Ready for conversion

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Although I can still get up and down stairs reasonably well, I decided I should be prepared and convert the pantry to a downstairs loo. They are due to start work on Monday, but in the meantime I have cleared everything out – most of it has gone into what was originally the coal house, and later my darkroom.

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Geraniums

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All ready for potting.

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Amaryllis

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Alas, the flowers are finished now, but they brightened up the living room for several weeks.

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Magnolia

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A visit to the zoo

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My first one on the new mobility scooter. The zoo is on Castle Hill, and there are some steep paths, some places where there are only steps, and the surfaces are often quite uneven. I rally needed an all-terrain scooter! It was also VERY cold, and by the end of the 2 hour visit my fingers were frozen, and I had great difficult pressing the shutter release and operating the controls on the scooter. It took quite a while to thaw out when I got home. Also the cold weather meant that some of the animals were staying indoors.

I don’t often photograph cats, but the main image is of a lynx, which was doing nothing other than sleep. When I went into the lorikeet building landed on my head and another on my shoulder. It was warmer in there, but I had to leave the scooter outside, and as the exit is on the other side of the building I then had to walk back round the outside to the entrance to get to the scooter, which was a considerable struggle.

On the way out the automatic doors of the entrance building closed on me and my scooter, giving my knee quite a hard knock! An enjoyable visit, but I won’t go again until the weather is warmer.

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