I rarely go into my blog’s media library for material. It feels a bit like cheating. However I am housebound today with a burning sore throat, blocked nose and a feeling of being rather, well, blurgh. I suspect it was the flight I took on Saturday. Someone else’s germs have invaded my body. I felt a bit poorly yesterday but well enough to take Mrs. Ha out to The Club for lunch followed by our now regular bowling game. Slowly we are improving and I managed to get 3 or 4 games up around the 125-135 scoreline. My aim is to get over 150 regularly. Mrs. Ha is also improving and wants to top 100 consistently. We have had no lessons. We simply make it up as we go along. Sometimes the pins go rattling over. Sometimes they jeer at us. You missed us!! Can’t you do better than that? The answer to which is mostly, no we can’t.
Mrs Ha also sprang a surprise holiday idea on me yesterday. Some friends are going to Lisbon next year and following it with a 7 day river cruise. Mrs. Ha wants to go too. So it looks like we shall do so but I want to combine it with a detour to Barcelona, a city I have never visited but greatly desire to see. We are no looking at all the cheap flight permutations on good old ITA. This of course means we need to find a dog-sitter and Cost Centre number 2 may be volunteering as she would of course have the use of the cars whilst we are away.
If I feel better tomorrow I shall venture out. The forecast is not too shabby – just a few showers – and I get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t use the camera for more than a few days. My work trip to Singapore was enjoyable but there were not many lichens or bugs in the business centre. I had dinner with a good friend from Karachi on Thursday night, another friend from Seoul on Friday and flew home bright and disgustingly early on Saturday. I enjoy the work but each time I go through an airport I remember why I loathe them so much. In stark contrast I managed to photograph a female Blue Percher dragonfly in the garden this morning, even in my groggy state. As I look out of the window I see a Long-tailed Shrike looking rather bedraggled in the drizzle. If it hangs around the other birds will doubtless give it “what for”. Shrikes don’t seem to be popular with other birds. The “Johnny No Mates” of the garden.
So where are the lichens, you cry. Well, here they are and jolly fine they look too.
I hope they entertain you and maybe I shall have the energy for an outing tomorrow. Stay tuned.