We had a bit of excitement today. Martin the builder drove the digger from home to ours to level the ground by the extension. Joe, his Dad, has actually bought this JCB and it's enormous. I took a 'before' photo:
It's a bit bright as it was actually sunny this afternoon. As you can see, it's a bit of a mess round the back. Joe was giving Martin hand signals in the digger:
Jim doesn't seem to have changed position at all! Joe puts one more plank on the digger before Martin takes the wood up to the yard. At the end of the day, the digger is parked up and the ground is much more level, but there is still some to do:
We heard our neighbours walking up the road and they looked at the digger as they passed. Jim wondered what they were doing and it turned out they were taking photos of the road! Ye Gods, what is the matter with these people? I, in turn, took a photo of the road too.
Presumably they were taking photos of the 'damage' caused by the digger. Eeerm, it's our road, not theirs, they only have access to their property. Maybe they think they cannot drive over the tyre marks! I can laugh but it really upsets me. I cannot understand why they would do this and what they hope to achieve except to irritate us. We have a large pile of bits of wood from the extension building and I had said to Jim earlier, 'It's a shame we can't give this to the Parry's for their wood burning stove'. It seems they just want to cause trouble and be as nasty a they can.
Anyway, I took lots of flower photos to cheer myself up, though it's still rankling now.
We had had a quick shower of rain, too, so you can see the drops on it in the sun.
This day lily is slightly out of focus but I love its colour.
Aren't these sunflowers glorious? They're not the huge sort, but they are so pretty:
Old Fashioned Marigolds - I love them.
A gladioli, with more below:
A close up
Jim and the gladioli bed in the front garden.
The sweet corn plants on our allotment.
Sweet Pea. The little fly just flew in as I was taking the photo.
I got a bit diverted by the butterflies on the buddleia bush.
Two butterflies! A fritillary and a Painted Lady.
A bee on the Rose Bay Willow Herb
The montbretia is at its best now.
Some of the roses out today
I have to stop there as it appears I have exceeded the amount of photos I can put onto my blog this year! I have purchased more space but it can take 24 hours to get through. Hey ho!
I think you have plenty to look at today.
Surprise Phone Call
Last year Jim and I were on the Gort Show committee. Gort is the nearest town to us. We had a bit of a disagreement with the Chairman so didn't go to the meetings this year, nor had we intended to enter anything into the show, which is next Sunday, August 9th. Well, a lovely lady who we used to give a lift to, to each meeting, Mary, rang me and asked if I would be so kind as to judge the Cake baking and brown bread section! How bizarre is that. The old chairman has gone so all is well on that front. I said I would love to. HELP. Does anyone know the 'right' way to go about this? lol. I'll just cut large slices from each cake and eat them I think. Sounds a blissful job for me. LOL. The judge who was coming had let them down apparently. Posh suit, free lunch, sounds good to me.
Another night out.
Tomorrow night Jim and I are going to see the Irishman Brian Merriman's 'Midnight Court'. This is an incredibly long poem but very famous around these parts in particular as BM lived nearby. He used to teach at one of the 'hedge schools' in the hills above us and the story goes that he was sitting by Lough Graney and thought of the idea for this poem. It has been set to music and is being put on at Caher House, a rather splendid residence overlooking the Lough. I read the poem on line so was keen to see it. This starts at 8pm, then at 10pm there is a separate music concert. So I decided to book for both. I'm really looking forward to it. It will also be a good opportunity to have a look round Caher House.
Right, that's all for now. Hopefully my photo space will arrive by tomorrow.