Down with my mother the other day I managed to see her resident Dunnock. It visits every day about 1 p.m. and either sits in the tree or on the edge of the bird bath staying for about 15 minutes each time.
I had an impromptu trip to Polsden Lacey hoping for some Autumn colour - of which there wasn't much yet. But had a pleasant wander. The house was closed on the day I visited so no inside pictures this time. Another time perhaps.
And in the walled Rose Garden, dahlias and other flowers were in full bloom and wonderfully colourful.
This is the view out over the valley - into the mist and sun!
And then yesterday a visit to Bushy to check out the Red Deer Rut. I heard and saw one Red Deer Stag and a couple of hinds. Couldn't find any others despite walking all over the area. How can they hide so well!
The Diana Fountain has just been refurbished and, when the sun is shining, is brilliant gold. But today it was dull although the Cormorants decided it was a good perching place.
Well at least I had some interesting conditions to practice manual settings and using the Macro lens (at Polsden!)
It would be great to lose this greyness... hopefully it will improve!