While in the middle of doing the rockery, a voice from over the wall said 'Have you lost a dog?' It was our neighbour, Pete, and Buster had gone down the road at the back to their house. This is the one thing we've been worried about, as they have 2 cats and he'd think it great to 'play' with them. I locked him in our conservatory for a while to try and teach him the error of his ways. We don't want him to become a nuisance.
Today it rained almost all day. Jim went out to the barn to turn the onions and Buster went with him. I attacked my mountain of ironing, which is slowly turning into a hill. Buster disappeared. Pete re-appeared with him again. Jim got very worried and we locked him in the conservatory again, this time for longer. He howled! As a Foxhound, he has an amazing bark, 'baying' is what they call it! Great out on a hunt, not so good in the house. Fingers crossed he's learnt his lesson, though I wouldn't put money on it.
I rang the architect today to see whether he'd had any quotes from our prospective builders. He has had two verbally, but not in writing. Ye gods, will we ever get this build done? We also need to get a new boiler, we're going for a wood pellet burner as it's a renewable source of fuel. So, do we get the boiler fitted first? Do we manage with Stanley until the immersion heater has been moved into the bathroom first? Worry worry.
Lots of Olympics to watch today and yesterday. We won a superb gold against France today in the mens' team pursuit. We're due a few in the sailing too, led by Ben Ainslie. Fingers crossed for that, and one in the swimming with Rebecca Addlington in her freestyle race. Will the lovely Paula Radcliffe run in the marathon? Will she win? Hmmm, I have my doubts, I must say.
I promised yesterday to post some of the other photos of the lake on my woodland walk. As I haven't taken any more for 2 days because of the weather, I will do so and some of the others I took.
aims, I'll try and dig out those old photos, but some my still be in the UK. I'll have a look.
Thanks for reading my rather humdrum blog all, I love getting those comments.
The path rises up through the wood. Buster heads off the path to investigate some lovely smells.
The inevitable litter. Buster investigates a tin can. I usually pick this sort of stuff up, as I can't stand litter, but hadn't taken a bag. Next time.
On the wood's floor, glistening leaves make a bed for this rotting log, also covered in moss and the same ferns
More litter, this time some fishing line, so dangerous to animals. I picked this up and put it in my pocket. Pretty colour contrast though
Lough Graney through the trees. Grasses in the water
The village on the hillside opposite is Flagmount. The lake looks glass like on occasions.
This view is towards our cottage, although it is down a dip, so you can't see it. If the lake really was at this angle, all the water would flow out of it!!
Lovely reflection of Flagmount hillside. The flowers in the foreground would normally not be in the water.
The little red bump is a new fungi just appearing out of the ground. Lichen above it.
And finally some mosses, all glistening with the damp air. I love the different kinds you can get
The one on the left looks like a forest of miniature pine trees
Jim's just played Albinoni's Adagio above me. Glorious music to blog by. (see note below)
Just for fun, Sandy is cleaning BlackJack on our gatepost. Sandy never stops washing. BlackJack finds the whole thing too tedious. On the left as you look at it, you can see Sandy's other front paw holding BJ still!!
Adagio in G minor
It was supposedly based on a fragment from a Sonata in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni purportedly found amongst the ruins of the old Saxon State Library, Dresden, after it was firebombed by the Allies during World War II. It is usually referred to as "Albinoni's Adagio", or "Adagio in G minor by Albinoni, arranged by Giazotto", but it is Giazotto's original work, and contains no Albinoni material.
The Adagio is most commonly orchestrated for string ensemble and organ, or string ensemble alone.