Lazy??? I wish....these last few days I have been busy - in a way, as Bing Crosby would have said (if you are old enough to remember him) busy doing nothing. Yesterday I went out for the day with two friends - through Coverdale and Wharfdale and back through Nidderdale - glorious long views (no good for photography) and a visit to an embroidery/thread shop at the bottom of Wharfedale, of which more on another day.
Today I had to be a the doctor's surgery for nine o'clock and - yippee - I have managed to get my blood pressure back to normal by diet and exercise, so am feeling very virtuous. Then the rest of the morning was spent in The Golden Lion back room with a small (only three today) group discussing our writing - what a super morning we had. Now, in about half an hour, my God-daughter is coming for the afternoon and we are going into town.
But I just had to put this post on. Silaging is in progress on the farm and in one of the fields Geoff, who was cutting the grass, noticed a curlew fly off. He stopped the tractor to investigate, found a nest, and as a result has left one part of the field unmown for her. She is quite vulnerable there in the middle of the field so I do hope she manages to bring her young off. As I walked through the field early after lunch she heard me coming and flew off - so here in the photograph is a picture of her nest - there are four eggs (one is hidden by the leaf). What a nervy existence birds lead - she flew round making alarm calls for a good five minutes after we left her nest. I will keep you informed.
Then as we reached the beck at the bottom of the field we not only heard the ducklings but we briefly saw them. Mother mallard was determined to keep them well out of our way, so she hid silently with them under an overhanging bush. I pushed the camera through and took a photograph. It will be posted above but until I put it in the computer and enlarge it I don't know whether you can see the ducklings or not!
In this hot spell dog roses are popping up all over the place - shall post some tomorrow. Have a good day and, if you are in the UK, make the most of this lovely weather.