19°C, thin cloud.
I’ve forgotten how to type properly. That’s not good, we go back to work next week, and are getting "psyched-up" for that. My Appointments lit for the second day has been thrown out my admin’ staff – leaving me a little stuck on how to run that day.
One week, and I have bikes to fix, lessons to plan and generally get in the mood.
Found a new problem with my new computer- since adding in security updates to Windows 2000, it won’t connect to the web now- there is an error reported on the motherboard drivers now. That’s going to be fiddly to repair.
24°C, clear, sunny & low humidity.
Linseed: Done another- second painting finished this holiday- the other being "Double-cross" which has been hanging around while I decide whether to do any more to it.
24°C, clouds threatening but no rain.
Linseed: got that SquareJaw picture up and running. That was started last easter, so it’s been sitting around for ages. In previous pictures it had Turpentine layers marking out the structural tone of the face. Now it has some colour.
Linseed: first return to painting for months. Made a workable change to the hiking picture " Doublecross".the faces have looked terrible for ages, as have silhouettes.
24°C, clear & light winds
Clawing the chimney-stack: Hannah called me down about an hour ago because she could see claws in the chimney. It explains the odd noises we heard all morning, an animal must have been trapped and slowly falling in stages down the chimney for about half-a-day. I opened the flue to get it (a common town-pigeon), breathing quietly holding onto the cast iron door above the fire- puzzled no doubt. My first grab with gloves on got me a large handful of feathers- including lots of long ones- oops. The second grab reaching in further up got the bird cupped in my hands.It looked well enough to put up[ a struggle, flapping and spreading small fluffy feathers all over the room. I dropped it on the soft grass outside then after a pause of a few seconds, it jumped up and flew high over the local houses.
Pigeons can fly quite well with no tail. Good luck pigeon!