Blossom Day

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Another dogstooth violet

I found more flowers close to the previous one, but this is a deeper colour, and a bit taller, which made it easier to photograph. However, it was in much more shadow, so I took the opportunity to try some fill flash.

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Blue sky and blossom

Really lovely weather today, but I did not get any further than the front garden (this tree is right outside my house), partly because I’m still playing safe and part;y because I am still feeling very tired and lacking in energy after my second Covid jab on Monday, though happily there are still no other side effects, unlike the first jab. 

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Cooking

Very dull weather, so I decided to try some cooking for a change – my most ambitious attempt to date. I prepared a fish pie, using the recipe in Gail’s book. I was very pleased with the result, very tasty, though I didn’t get a couple of bits quite right, partly because getting quantities of some ingredients right for what was essentially only a quarter of the final dish was challenging. But I’ll certainly try it again, and have made notes on the appropriate quanitities for next time.

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Tweet of the day

Great spotted woodpeckers – regular visitors here. Both the male (left) and female (right) came today, the male is here most days, but the female (rather scruffy!) is a less frequent visitor.

After yesterday’s second Covid jab I have been feeling very tired and lacking in energy, but no other side effects this time, unlike after the first jab. I slept very well as a result of the tiredness, and even delayed getting up until 05:30.

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Sir Winston’s jab?

Went to the Black Country Living Museum for the first time for over a year- for my second Covid jab. Although they had told me when I had the first one that I would be notified of a date for the second, after 12 weeks I had heard nothing so had to arrange a date myself. The first extra was taken my the people administering the jab, and that is my arm receiving it. Many thanks for the jab and the photo, although they shot it as video rather than a still, so I have spent some time trying to get a still out of the video (used VLC in the end). Thanks also to Phil G for transporting me down there – I might have managed to get there on my mobility scooter, but with all the major road and footpath works caused my the extensions of the Metro into Dudley it would have been very difficult). Second extra is proof I ‘ve had the second jab!

So far none of the side effects I got from the first jab, although I feel very tired, although that may party be due to the exercise (walk from car park to vaccination centre and through the centre!!) and the excitement.

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Dogstooth violet

Now in full flower, and looking good.

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Watching

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Male Chaffinch

There don’t seem to be as many chaffinches as there used to be, b ut this one visited me several times today.

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Azalea

In fine form at present.

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