HAPPY NEW WEEK!
I hope everyone has a joyful and peaceful week!
Not heard from my OH for a couple of hours, so I expect he is busy with said shed. Time to put some more pics on here: We went to see a windmill which has been restored and is open to the public. We have been there before, and there is also a Cheese Making Exhibition, but as you have to pay to go in, we were hoping instead to just walk around the gardens and get a coffee or a snack. Sadly, the cafe was closed! Maybe they can only afford to man these venues in the main summer season. However, we had a walk around.
Another view of it:
In the grounds was an interesting sculpture, made from the local materials, not sure what it was, but it looked a bit like a dragon!
Some of the interesting plants, around:
Another windmill seen on the way back to our base: taken through the open car window.
We went down some country lanes, which is always interesting. There are farms and some very old buildings, also occasionally a huge and glamorous country home built by a Spaniard as a country retreat. Suddenly, I shouted Stop The Car!
I noticed some camels being held in a pen beside a farm building.
There were several huge camels, chewing contentedly on whatever they had been fed, and mooching around the pen. This one totally ignored me, as I came up to the fence to get a good view!
Then I realised that I'd been there several minutes, but a white thing on the ground had just moved --- it was a youngster!
It was laying down and only moved its head occasionally - it was midday, and hot by then. Fascinatingly white and fluffy... In the next pen, a long neck was useful to see if the grass was greener on the other side of the fence...
The youngster is hardly noticeable here, a white blob on the ground.
There were also some donkeys there. I always think of dear Margo when I see a donkey.
A view of the mountains as we wended our way back.
Lindybird: Any idea why camels? Camel milk? Camel cheese? Camel (gasp!) steaks? I know they're called 'the ship of the desert,' but..... Gray skies here - a touch of May Gray early. Sun will be out later. Had an interesting time watching the crows yesterday. We've had a family of them for some years: First two, then another three and now another two since last year for a total of seven. Yesterday, I took half an oldish muffin outside, broke it up and tossed it on the ground under the bird feeder. Before I'd finished, a very bold crow flew down close to me and started picking up as much as it could in its mouth, then went off behind three different plants and dumped the mouthfuls, covering the stashes with redwood chips. He/she then filled up twice more and flew off with mouthfuls of muffin. Several hours later, I saw two crows poking about under the feeder. One of them wandered off in the direction of one of the earlier buried stashes and the other one had a total fit! A huge ruckus ensued and eventually one of the crows pounced on the other one and held it on the ground, squawking loudly. I'm assuming one of them was the earlier bird who'd hidden the stash but couldn't figure out which one was which when it came to the fight. Have never seen that before. Will have to Google crow behavior for a hint....
We had a good meal out in a local pub. I managed my piece of fish OK, but my OH was slow eating his favourite lamb. When we got home he said he felt a little nauseous. He's just taken the dog out and I'll suggest that he doesn't eat too much for the rest of today.
Thank you DIANE for starting the week - ANNETTE - there was a programme on BBC World Service quite recently, regarding the whales. I intended to mention it to you on here but forgot :-( LINDY - unusual as you say, for your OH - but Happy Anniversary ! AQ - it is always interesting to read about your weather, living as we do in a temperate climate. I heard about shootings in Melbourne .... A very quiet day here, just spent reading and pottering about in the house. It was granddaughter Mia's 14 th birthday yesterday. She had birthday money to spend and was trying on trainers. Little sister Isla (9) is very careful with money, Mia is not. When Isla saw the price of the trainers she looked horrified and said to Mia ' Have I taught you nothing?'
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