Yeah, a good opening blues lyric right…maybe it was after watching The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus last night. To see Brian Jones, Keith Moon, John Entwistle and John Lennon all on the same show was quite something. Prior to that was a pseudo documentary showing supposedly unseen footage of the Stone and friends, and there he was, the wonderful Ronnie Lane who played in the Small Faces, The Faces, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart et al and then solo, he tragically died of MS after a 21 year struggle. What a fantastic musician he was though.
I woke up this morning, well the cat woke me at 8.30 which is an hour later than normal. Do cats understand lie ins on Sundays or has the clocks going back finally taken effect? Anyway, I fed and watered the beast and had a look out of the window and saw a larger bird than normal dangling from the peanut dangly thingy on the apple tree. I grabbed my trusty Panasonic FZ18 and tried to get a few snaps in before it flew away. It was a great spotted woodpecker. Would it hell like come round to my side before it flew off so this is the best I could do. Their flight pattern is also rather different to the everyday sparrow or bluetits we get who tend to flutter and flit about, the woodpecker on the other hand was twice as quick, swooping and diving at high speed. Brilliant. The other image is from my wander a few days ago, of Broomhead Reservoir and Ewden Valley. Nobody would believe this is a mere 10 miles from the centre of a city of 600,000 people and 8 miles from that godforsaken hell hole called Meadowhall. Think massive shopping mall, a million cars, Christmas shopping and idiots with far more money than sense and you’re almost there.
Shopping is not a day out. Believe me. A day out is Whitby, fishing boats, the sea crashing against rocks, green grass on fields interspersed by dry stone walls and dotted with cows, horses and sheep, ruined 11th century castles and abbeys, walks through steep sided valley bottoms alongside rivers with stepping stones over them with brown trout gliding in and out of emerald green streamer weed. Not shopping.
Got to go, the bread machine has beeped and I’m hungry just with the smell….