The first batch of manuscripts (for the writers' club's national competition) are on my desk waiting for me to start reading and giving a few lines of feedback on each one.
And my diary for the next few months is filling up quickly, so I'm glad I got my weekend away booked before these other appointments came in.
The other good news- well it is to me- is that I have a small payment from ALCS this year, so that will be saved up toward funding a future research trip to who-knows-where...
So it was quite unexpected last week when a pair of Ducks flew into the garden for a quick snack and wander round.
Of course they chose the least photogenic area of the garden to land on...
The female did the sensible thing and pecked up any bird seed that she could find, while the male Mallard went for a short stroll.
Obviously the garden didn't meet his requirements and he flew off, quickly followed by the female- they synchronised flying too.
This pair make regular appearances around the area: from walking across the road, to settling down for a rest on the front lawn of someone's house.
They're not that far from a number of ponds and water channels so they can easily fly from place to place.
|Waiting for the other half...|