For once the weather man got it right and it's poured it down almost all day. I managed to run round the meadow path with Buster twice before the rain came again and just before our evening meal I walked along the path to Kevin's farm. The sky was very threatening but the rain stayed away just long enough. I've often worried about how Buster might react to cows and whether he would chase them. The cows were right next to the fence today and Buster was very curious. He headed towards them, but as soon as they turned to him, he fled back under the fence. When one of them 'mood' he didn't like it one bit. Long may that continue.
I always take some little treats with me to encourage Buster to come back to me if he's wandered off. On our woodland walk, he discovered a taste for blackberries! I was eating them and he was curious, so I gave him one. Yum. He then got the whole bunch in his mouth and chomped away. What a strange dog. The blackberries on Kevin's lane weren't as ripe and juicy but we still managed to find a few to eat. On the woodland walk, I took this photo of the first blackberries we found. Very shortly after I took it, they were gone!
The rain today was that thick, heavy drizzle. It was also very windy, which blew the rain sideways. All very unpleasant, unless you're inside looking out, which is where we were most of the day.
I watched various relay races on the Olympics, boxing and diving. Jim watched some cricket from Gloucester, but even there, rain stopped play. A very relaxing and lazy day in all. I'm making a couple more ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) and must put them on a swap site.
Not a photo was taken today, so I'll put on a couple I haven't posted before.
I took this shot of a great tit on the nut feeder. I just caught his wing beat.
These are the berries from Arum lilies or Lords and Ladies, as they are sometimes called. Not quite ripe yet. They were in the hedgerow. Such a striking contrast against the rich greens
Montbretia is now officially classified as a wild flower in Ireland. It seems to get everywhere. We have huge swathes of it on our land. This one was down by the lake, the first I have seen there.
This wonderful old tractor belong to one of the Dillon family as in 'Dillon's wood'. I don't think it goes any more! Taken yesterday, as were those above.
This is the view from the highest point of our meadow to Lough Graney and the hills of Tipperary beyond.
By way of a change, I'll put on the photos of the ATCs that I have done so far. Or rather the ones that have been scanned. Just to cheer the place up a bit!
Cat in a cage 3rd of 3
Behind the curtain
I have done a few more, but they haven't been scanned yet. It's a real challenge to make a picture so small, they are only 6cms x 9cms. I am trying out various ideas as I'm new to this adventure. I love working with material mostly.
Thanks to my daughter K who has just put my favourite blogs on for me as I'm not the most computer literate person in the world. See you soon K.