I had as much go in me this morning as a bottle of flat pop. I just about managed to get dressed before midday, and then make the bed.
Mostly I watched telly, ranging from Garage Rescue, Gardeners World, and something about catching criminals with Dom Littlewood.
I wrote a few more scary stories, and then had lunch. I spent ages trying to upload yesterday’s blog before putting my trainers on to get some fresh air.
I walked around the garden in surprise as nothing seemed to be damaged in yesterday’s storm. All the panes of glass were covered in sand and dust and dirt, but nothing had broken. Nor had the stems of the pampas grasses.
I spent about twenty minutes in the small greenhouse watering some, but not all of the seedlings. The lower temperatures Jean less water is needed. Then I spent a good hour doing gentle pruning of the tomato vines. The vines are still producing fruit, and continue to ripen, so although I reduced the plants to around half their size, I still have at least another week or so worth of tomatoes to come.
I must make a gardening schedule for the next few days, as I have a mass of seedlings ready to be planted into individual pots. I don’t want to spend my whole daily gardening hour just transplanting them, nor do I want to spend it solely pruning and tidying; plus I need to sow things that can be grown in October ready for this month’s gardening blog. I know Mark will have to dig the borders for me and lift the heavy trays.
I need also to ask Mark to pull up the Jewel Jade aubergines as they have finished, and he needs pick his super hot green chillies to make a sauce with.
When I had done my hour of gardening, we went for my baseline walk. I haven’t done it for a few days, and it’s really shocking how quickly my energy levels fade, just by missing two or three days. Halfway around the block, I got chatting to one of my neighbour’s from when I lived at a bungalow in the terrace not far from her detached bungalow. Her sweet collie decided I really needed to play frisbee with her, so I threw it for her a couple of times on the quiet road.
When I returned home, I set to work uploading this week’s unseeing camera challenge, which is entitled Exposure. The brief asks to upload a creative shot that is their overexposed or underexposed, rather than being perfectly exposed.
I wasn’t being lazy by not taking my camera out to capture this image, because I already had over and under exposed images that I had taken by accident in the past, and I haven’t got around to editing them to put them right. I’m lazy in that respect, as I don’t like Photoshopping, I’d rather get it correct in-camera to start with.
I had taken a picture from a field in St Davids, that overlooks Carfai Bay. I had put my infra red filter on the lens and shot directly into the sun. Then later when it gets converted to B&W, the filter picks up a lot more shades of grey making for a better and more interesting photo. I hadn’t watched the You Tube tutorials before I did it, and hadn’t a clue about shutter speeds or F Stops etc. The result was a black and red image that was both under and overexposed. Perfect for this week’s challenge.
We had supper, then I sat down to watch Bake Off, followed by a re-run of Jason Manford and Michael McIntyre Live at the Apollo. Before falling blissfully into bed at 10pm
Today, my face is still hurting from laughing at the telly.
I’m positive I’ve not done as much as I should have; and wasted far to much time watching telly.
I’m grateful for rest days, but feel better for going for my walks.