Well, it should have been, but I went out instead.
A trip to a local garage to get a part of the car exhaust, just to make it quieter. It was driving me mad, plus it was in danger of falling off; yes, it was that bad. It’s headed for the great scrap yard in the sky soon, but I’m not quite ready to be without it just yet, so it had to be done.
Job done, I reluctantly parted with some cash, and quietly drove away.
I found myself at Willen Lake; local number two, and slowly made my way towards the hide. The sun was shining for a welcome change, and all thoughts of a lighter pocket temporary disappeared as I settled down to scan the lake with the binoculars.
I was lost in my own thoughts, watching some Lapwing in the distance, when I heard the gravel crunching behind me. I slowly turned, and there was an old gentleman I’d met a couple of times before. He parked his electronic scooter, (he’s disabled), and sat down next to me. We quickly got into conversation about what was about, and what has been about. This bloke is a mine of information, and was offering all manner of facts and tips for identifying all sorts of birds. Tales of birding expeditions when he was younger, proudly showing me some pictures he had on the camera, and general chat about cameras and lenses. A really nice character. We both took a few pictures, and I eventually left, to make my way round the lake. It’s folk like that really give you a lift for the day.
So, there I was, lost in my thoughts again, when I saw a Great Crested Grebe and his two youngsters ahead of me on the lake. And dad had a large fish.
I stopped to take some pictures, as he slowly offered it to one of the youngsters.
‘You’ll never swallow that!’ I thought to myself. I was right, so dad moved over to kid number two,
who hungrily tried to take it from him.
‘You’ll never……....’ and he didn’t. The fish wriggled free, and dropped into the water. Quick as a flash dad dived after it, and soon emerged with his prize once again. Not wanting to go through all this again, dad decided maybe it was too big for them, so he’d better not waste it.