Sometimes the day starts in one direction, and before you know it - a diversion occurs and off we go at a tangent. As long as we remain flexible we can make the best, or more, from it.
I had made up my mind that I would visit my mother again today. The visits on Monday and Wednesday were enforced due to the other events associated with them. I wanted to just visit and spend some time, with no interruptions. So I did. It was good. I won't be able to see her now until next week, so the extra visit was a bonus.
The nursing home is opposite a Municipal Park. I often leave the car at the bottom and walk through rather than driving to the door. We don't have many parks like this in the area, and it's quite a contrast to Nature reserve that I usually show you.
I'm always amused by the entrance. It runs along beside the Parish Church. The path is on a slope, and it always looks as though the Church is crooked. I think the above picture shows what I mean.
Usually this particular park is a riot of colour. Not today. The flower beds are empty - ready for the planting of Spring Bulbs. What a disappointment, I was looking forward to showing you.
Round the corner, though, the Park opens out into a vast green area
and hidden away at the bottom is a little pond.
This isn't much of a picture, but take my word for it - under those weeping willows is a pond with ducks and a swan. I thought that would be my walk for the day. DH had a medical appointment, and in the past this has taken almost all day, however, everything ran smoothly, and we were home in no time.
That's when I discovered that there was something wrong with our internet. The signal was very intermittent, and it was very frustrating. One page would load, click a link to add food, etc, and the signal would go. This went on and on and..... Our internet provider actually has a self-test system, so you press a button and it goes through a series of tests before finally (after 5 mins or so) reconnecting.
But this went on......
I had business to do, and I needed the internet...... so there was nothing else for it! I went for a walk
Did you guess that I couldn't stay away from the water? Well, I thought I show you something that amuses me. This is a picture of the canal, and the bank is perfect for launching a small boat. Small boats do use the canal, and in fact there is one just beside this point.
What amuses me? It hasn't moved for at least 3 years.......
You have seen this walk before, but I've already added a number of pictures to this post - I've copied and pasted after each one as the internet signal has dipped...... so I might curtail the next collection.
But I wanted to show you another first sign of the season. A bullrush. Before long there will be lots more.
The foliage on the banks is now top heavy and leaning over towards the water. This year's ducklings were everywhere, some now sporting there beautiful new plumage, others still adolescent.
Sadly I'm going to have to leave it there with no more pictures. The disappearing signal has defeated me, I'm guessing that it is partly due to the work being done by some workmen who are still currently down a hole in the road.. There were a few more things I wanted to show you, but words will have to do instead. After a while I left the canal and walked back through land that borders a military training area. There are paths that run off to the side, but they are not to be investigated when I'm on my own. It's one thing suddenly espying a muddy- faced camouflaged soldier when with someone, but it's a little 'freaky' if you are on your own!
I think that I've meandered on long enough. Hopefully the signal will repair itself by the morning. I was going to show you photographs of my favourite snacks, but that will have to wait.
Frustratingly Onwards and Upwards