I was in the kitchen yesterday evening and could hear the unmistakable sound of baby blackbirds in the back garden. There was one on the fence and one in the undergrowth with the parents feeding them. Both can fly so I'm not so worried about them.
I'm very lucky that the blackbirds are used to me and I'm able to get good views (and photos) of them, but I try to stay away from the babies; mainly to avoid drawing attenton to them as there are so many jackdaws and crows around this year. Possibly including Front Garden Crow.
The garden is also heaving with sparrows, who eat like there's no tomorrow! I'm buying almost as much bird food as in the winter, but it's worth it.
Hard to believe that this is mid-summer. It feels, again, like summer hasn't really even started. There have been spells of absolutely beautiful weather, unfortunately they're punctuated by extreme damp. Which is a polite way of saying it keeps peeing it down.
I want it to be fine as I'm starting on a new fitness venture. Power walking. Or at least eventually there'll be power involved. I have been practising all over school and, by jove, you can really get a lick on. Today I'll be looking for some suitable footwear and then I'll be pounding the pavements.
It's free, which is a big advantage. It's portable, you just take the shoes with you. And... it's supposed to have visible benefits on the nether regions. I reckon I should be able to fit in a fair few sessions a week.
At the start of Easter I gave up chocolate, wrong way round I know- it's when you normally get back on the wagon. This was as I had a sneaking suspicion choccy wasn't agreeing with me. I have to say I feel immensely better for it. Most of my joint pains have gone and I have more energy, it's like a new lease of life and I don't really miss the brown stuff to be honest.
When I read on-line about chocolate (or cocoa solids to be precise) allergy it said the symptoms can mimic rhuematiod arthritis. Bingo. My joints were so painful I can look at products now and just imagining how I felt is enough to put me off. Of course it may all be a coincidence. In which case I'll be very disappointed, but would at least be able to console myself with a binge. Anyone else have this problem?