The Very Hungary Caterpillar

Decided not to have a Dylan title today thought we would pay homage to Eric Carle who died today. He wrote that wonderful classic The Very Hungary Caterpillar one of best children’s books every written! I always made sure we had it in all of the schools I worked.

Today has been an action packed day. It was up at the crack of dawn to do the monthly bird survey. A stunning morning! I was observing in a different area  today so I missed the Bittern that turned up in my normal area. Saw the Bore and several surfers. I took some pictures so may post them when I get the opportunity.

I then rushed off to captain a mixed Gloucestershire Senior’s Cricket Team against Wales at Usk. A delightful scenic ground.

Looking forward to Grandparent duties this weekend.

Forever Young

Thought we would have Dylan titles all this week! Think the hardest thing will be which ones I decide to choose there are so many! We may go right up to date tomorrow!

Still waiting for the book proofs! Time is running out -I assume once I have approved them it shouldn’t take that long!

Had a delightful ride into Gloucester today with Clare- we are looking forward to when their extend the towpath on the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal to nearby Saul so there is hardly any road to cycle on. Planning some hills for tomorrow’s ride with a pal!

Mr Tambourine Man

Thought we had better have a Dylan title for today on his 80th birthday. Lovely play on Radio 4 called Dinner with Dylan this weekend. Those of you who know their cricket will know Bob Willis gave himself the middle name Dylan – I was reading this weekend that Bob Dylan had made a contribution to the Bob Willis Foundation which did make me smile -I can’t believe that Dylan knows anything about cricket but with him you never know! I am currently listening to the enigmatic Like a Rolling Stone! He was certainly the soundtrack of my youth and beyond!

Sadly my expected two games of cricket this week has already been cut to one with tomorrow’s game already called off. My feet are growing webbing between the toes! The only good thing about the rain it has meant I have managed to get some writing done. Still playing with a sequel to one of my stories- it does mean I have to go back to the original to check the new story complements the original.

I mentioned Dan and I are aiming to rehearse for our Gig in a fortnight-this means I have to relearn my stories ahead of that rehearsal. Pictures below are the Two Severn Bores in action before Covid! One in Quedgeley Library doing our River Severn show and the other is Kingshill House doing Walking the Tightrope last year , I hope you are impressed by my hair style! We need to get more pictures taken when we perform! (I have posted these pictures before!)

I have been considering that  maybe our next collaboration is Gloucestershire Folk Tales or possibly expand to West Country Tales. It puts pressure on Dan to come up with the songs and music-I know plenty of stories!

                                      

                

Cats and Dogs!!!!!

As I write this it is raining Cats and Dogs or more like Hippos and Rhinos. I read that we are on course for the wettest May on record! We had the frostiest April on record!

We knew the weather was going to be awful later in the day so got my ride in first thing and we managed some gardening in as well. Hoping the weather forecast is right for the middle of the week because I have two games of cricket! Hope the body can take it!

I am still waiting for the final proofs on the book-hoping they will arrive soon! I also have a rehearsal with the Two Severn Bores which I’m looking forward to.  I think I have mentioned one or two bookings have come in for later in the summer.

Book Club

Apologies for no blog yesterday we were visiting our Exeter family in the high winds and rain. Still lovely to actually hug son and daughter in law!

I did say I would mention Wednesday’s Book Club in person and not on Zoom. We were lucky it was the one evening in the week when it didn’t rain. It was brilliant to be together again and we had lively debate on Wendall Berry’s World Ending Fire. Certainly the book was a provocative  read. The debate is so much more fun and you have to be quicker in thought so I think more intellectually challenging than when you wait for your slot on Zoom.

A busy week ahead which shows life is changing for the better.

Inca!

Have always been fascinated by the Incas ever since I was in Royal Hunt of the Sun when I was at school. I was an ordinary Inca who danced in a group and was then butchered in slow motion by Pizarro’s Spanish Soldiers. My acting career never progressed beyond being pantomime dames and the back end of a horse! if I find the picture of a young Bill semi naked as an Inca I will try and put it on the blog at some point! It will come x rated!

Going back to the Royal Hunt of the Sun it certainly made an impact on developing my political outlook in my formative years. So I was really excited when we were able to visit many Inca sites when we were in Peru. The Incas believed that many stones were people (not all stones) these were both stones used in buildings and mountains. They managed to blend the built and the natural environment so it looked aesthetically pleasing on the eye. They fitted their stones together without using mortar. You can see jigsaw style of fitting the stones together in our pictures below. Their building did come at great human cost.

The pictures are all from the site of Sasquayaman and Pisac. Will write about the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu next week (with pictures)

We had a special in the flesh Book Club last night in a garden that was a thousand times better than Zoom! You don’t realise how much we have all missed over the last fourteen months till you sample it again! Will talk about the book next week.

       

                                                                                                                                               

 

Weather Forecasts!!!

The last couple of days I have been fooled by the weather forecast. Yesterday I travelled to beyond Swansea to be 12th man for the Glos Seniors first team. Kept expecting a call to say it was off-no call. Believe it or not no rain in Swansea while we played, sadly from our point of view because Wales thrashed us!

Today I thought I would take advantage of the weather forecast and cycle. Big mistake I got three soakings and sadly I had chosen the wrong bike with no mudguards- I did have a rain jacket! All my muddy cycling clothes are now in the washing machine!

Book Club tonight and I will write about it tomorrow.

Frampton Birds

Lovely day here in Frampton. The group Clare belongs to had a Treasure Hunt in the Village this morning and under the new rules we could accommodate them in the garden afterwards for coffee and cake (yum yum). The weather played ball!

Had a bird watching walk this afternoon. It was a low key start with little to see by the river. Things picked up when I walked towards the lakes. I was asked to id a bird at the end of someone’s garden. Quite pleased with the picture.

             

I then had a delightful time watch Hobbies hawking over Court Lake. You can see why I posted someone else’s picture of a Hobby on Saturday when you see my pictures below!

                                        

                    

 

Sunday

A day of rest! So not much of a blog today. I was pleased Leicester won yesterday I know they have plenty of money behind them but at least they beat a so called super league team!

I will do some more tales from our Peruvian adventure this week.

Falco Subbuteo

                          

Otherwise known as the Hobby a fantastic bird to watch. It is a small falcon.  One of my favourites! I watched four of them hawking for insects today. I managed to see one of them passing it’s prey from talons to beak in flight-brilliant! There are beautifully streamlined and acrobatic birds flying at speed. I wish I could say the picture above is mine but they are so quick and my camera isn’t good enough!

One silly fact for those of us who once played the table football game Subbuteo (I wasted many of my formative hours) Originally its creator Peter Adolph applied to get the game called Hobby but it was refused as a trademark so he called Subbuteo instead. When I used to play the game I knew nothing about the bird!

The other picture below is a Ross’s Goose in Frampton this morning (so this one is my picture!) These birds are normally found in the Tundra in North America so it is a surprise to find one here. Some people suspect it maybe an escapee, but who knows?