Friday, August 12, 2022
I believe this is a baby wren. It was sitting in the hedge in our garden making a persistent (and surprisingly loud) peeping sound, as another bird flew in and out probably hunting bugs. Here's the other one:
That was the best picture I could get, and it's a little blurry, but that bird never slowed down. I think it was feeding the first one.
Well, somehow I made it through yesterday. As usual when I return to the UK from the states, I tried not to go to bed until my normal time. So even though I got no sleep on my overnight flight, I stayed up all day and didn't hit the hay until about 10 p.m. As a result I feel pretty normal this morning. I always find it's best to get on schedule right away.
I spent yesterday getting stuff in order around the house and catching up with garden care. Although Warren watered, he missed some areas and didn't do anything like dead-heading or trimming, so I puttered around and did some of that.
I also watered the Russians' balcony plants, most of which seem to be hanging in there. Mrs. Russia told me via e-mail that her son is returning to the UK today to prepare for his school exams, known as GCSEs, and he can handle the watering from here on out. Yay! No more climbing the ladder!
You can see that the sunflower and the zinnias bounced back from their withered state, which I showed you yesterday. They're very resilient plants.
Apparently there may be an official declaration of drought by the government today, which could lead to further water restrictions. I'm trying to be careful to water selectively, but I'm still using the hose, because as far as I know that hasn't been banned yet.
I tried to catch up on blogs yesterday, but I noticed that many of my comments to other bloggers seem to disappear -- probably going to spam. I try to check my comment spam folder every day. It's amazing how many perfectly good comments wind up there!