It’s raining a lot in the UK. Where my mum lives, Marlow, the River Thames has burst its banks. It’s an amazing sight to see where you were walking a little while ago completely under water. Here are a couple of photos from this afternoon….
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I haven’t been at home much recently as I have been staying with my mother, ‘she who was caught speeding at 81’ as she is sometimes known! She has a small dog called Rocky who obviously needs walks and so we have spent time in the Buckinghamshire countryside walking by the River Thames. On one particular day there were some workers strimming the river path. They were working about 100 metres apart. The first one offered us some advice as we approached, which was to alert the other worker to our presence otherwise we might have the painful experience of strimmed ankles! Rocky went on the lead as it wouldn’t have been his ankles that were in danger with him being a small dog, and we continued our walk. I began to wonder if I should perhaps jump up and down a little to attract the other worker’s attention. Fortunately this was not necessary and the said gentleman stopped strimming to let us pass. Unfortunately for him just as we passed I spotted a dragonfly-a beautiful luminescent blue one-and nothing could divert my attention from that dragonfly and obtaining a photo. I managed to get several and here is one:
What a beauty!
I moved further and further into the bushes to get the ultimate shot and it was then that I noticed that the very loud strimming sound had stopped completely. I looked round and saw that the strimmer chappy was waiting for me to finish my photography before he recommenced his work. He had a look of weary irritation on his face and all of a sudden I was reminded of my last blog-‘Orange Tip and Finger Tip’, in which someone was watching me once again in the bushes, camera in hand and a look of triumph on my face as I got that elusive photo.
‘Can’t resist a dragonfly,’ I shouted to him as if this would explain everything, ‘just one more shot!’
He leaned on his strimmer and nodded and I’m not sure if I saw one of his eyebrows raised! But look at this photo:
Strim ye not whilst I take the shot!
Now you may be wondering why I have given this blog the name of ‘Dragonfly and a glimpse of my future’?
Well as my mother and I were walking back, I took this photo of her:
Mother and Rocky
Actually if I look like this when I’m 81 (though perhaps with slightly longer trousers!) I won’t be doing too badly eh?