My mothers health deteriorated rapidly this year. She had been diagnosed in the last couple of years with Alzheimer's, Lewy bodies dementia and Vascular dementia and it finally took her on 19th May 2017.
To see her go down hill so rapidly was very sad. A once happy, proud, dignified woman with a sharp wit be reduced to a frail, hunched, mumbling empty shell, that couldn't perform the simplest of tasks. One of the most cruellest of illnesses.
Socialising has never been my strong point and even my accompanied trips out seem to have ended over the last few months. Oh well, thank goodness for the loyalty of a four legged companion.
We are currently in north Wales, with mixed weather; good days with the weather and others, not so good.
The birdwatching has taken a back seat this year, due to apathy, cash restraints and a blossoming interest in wild flowers. I've always enjoyed wildflowers, but last year and this, my interest has grown.
Plus they only move in the wind, which makes them easier subjects to study and photograph.
Slender St. John's-wort
Insects that manage to keep still long enough have also attracted the lens.
Chimney Sweeper moth
There have been a few birds, but only when they have been where I have been.
The chase for ticks is over, for now.
Long Tailed Tit
I think I need to relax more at the moment.
Enjoy your weekend