The best laid plans......
Today the (downstairs) carpets are being cleaned - this should have started at 12.00 noon thereby giving me time to get out for a wander this afternoon. At 12.15 I rang - where are you? Been delayed can our "man" come at 2.00 p.m.? OK said I but made it known I wasn't pleased. At 2.10 I rang again - where is he?? He's just packing up from last job - he'll be with you by 3.00 p.m. He'd better be, says I, or else!! The man duly arrives at 14.50 explaining "it wasn't my fault - they gave me an extra job between yours and the previous one" - I silently sigh and lie down in a darkened room for a while.
So effectively, that's my day wasted and as I type (at 16.45) the "man" is still doing is stuff and there's an all pervading aroma of damp wool! Oh lovely! Doh!
So decided to try out the Tamron 90mm prime Macro lens with the Canon 50D as I'd not used this combo before. So it was around the garden with various buds about to burst!
The results of my labours. I'm still not keen on this lens - *thinks - maybe a an e-bay moment"
These two Blue Tit pics are not with the macro lens. There were two visits by a Blue Tit today and "pecking marks" are distinct around the hole. I've seen a Blue Tit investigating the box already this season but today the Tit did not go in. Still - there's time yet.
Catkins on the willow
Crocus after the rain last night
and a Tulip about to bloom
Sedums just starting to grow and have collected rain water
The buds of Sarcococca humilis aka Christmas Box
(the flowers have a wonderful scent)
First Camelia flower
Viburnum - scented flowers
and an indoor Orchid (Phalaenopsis) aka Moth Orchid
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