Monday, 22 February 2010

22/02: Monday Blues!!

It has been raining non-stop here for about 24 hours!!

We were rudely awoken this morning by a phone call from our neighbour - she wanted David to inspect the huge puddles in our shared Drive as she felt we may not have appreciated how deep they can get (as we usually spend quite a lot of time in the Canaries during the Winter months avoiding this type of unpleasantness)!!

  Needless to say, David wasn't keen to get out of bed, get dressed and stand over a puddle in the drive lamenting the fact that one's car would get dirty if driven through that!!

Don't misunderstand me .... our neighbour is a delightful lady - 80+ years old, retired teacher with high standards and a lot of spare time!!    Bless!!


Anyways, after the earlier than planned start to our day, I did a lot more work on the graphite 'double portrait' but it didn't go well - not sure if I can blame that on the early start, or if it is just 'one of those days when nothing goes right'    I spent as many hours erasing as I did adding pencil - so the portrait hasn't really advanced at all..  Reading through recent blog entries it appears I may have fallen foul of the general lack of motivation and enthusiasm that is prevailing.   I was OK until yesterday as I had some tight deadlines to meet but ..... today,.... its just isn't working

The highlight of my day was this morning when I decided to have a break from the drawing board and get to work on the exercise bike which David bought 8 days ago.   We just don't get enough exercise so since he bought the exercise bike we've both been very good and completed at least two sessions per day.     This morning I had just got to about 10 mins on the bike and I was 'nobbled'!!!    One of our resident 'tree rats'  was absolutely fascinated watching me peddling away ... The exercise bike is set up just in front of the patio windows looking into the back of our garden and this squirrel sat there pulling faces and staring at me.. I had to stop and get the camera..  This was taken through double glazed doors but I think you can see how impossible it was to carry on peddling with this little character staring at me!! He/she is one of three squirrels who spend a lot of time in our garden raiding the bird feeders and the horse chestnuts etc ... I know they are pests, but they are cute :o) This one is sitting on one of our garden ornaments which I'd bought close to the house for winter protection. He/she has managed to knock the 'roof' off the candle holder. bless!


5 comments:

geraldine.boley@googlemail.com said...

hi Sue
what a brilliant shot, must make exercising fun!

Vic said...

Great capture Sue...lol.
I think evryone is feeling the blues,the cold weather seems to be dragging on,making winter seem longer than normal...lets hope Spring arrives soon.

sue said...

Watching the squirrels and birds in the gardens always cheers me up! I agree Vic .. it has been a long Winter but Spring's going to be late judging by the slow progress of my daffodils this year - they're about 3 weeks behind

sue said...

Watching the squirrels and birds in the gardens always cheers me up! I agree Vic .. it has been a long Winter but Spring's going to be late judging by the slow progress of my daffodils this year - they're about 3 weeks behind

Jan said...

That's a great shot but we call them tree rats too and are not so tolerant of their antics since we have so many pecan trees!

Our daffodils are up about 3 inches and the tulips are poking through also. But, we've also had rain, rain and more rain lately and it's supposed to rain again tomorrow!

Don't you think the dreary weather puts a real "damper" on creativity? Spring can't arrive too soon for me!