Tuesday 21 August 2012: Life imitates cutlery
Today was another fern-filled day, but these are much smaller. Nicky and I went out to the plant centre in Stoke again to get some small ferns and grasses to plant among the boulders - it all had to be done to a tight schedule as he's flying out tomorrow. I managed to take these shots while he was down doing some last-minute boat things with Jonathan. The little fiddlehead is shown here about life-size. I did think of captioning it 'Spot the Spoon' as, just for fun, I've incorporated the elegant handle of a little brass spoon (which really merits a blip of its own).
'After' shots of the Ponga and Boulder project may be the subject of tomorrow's blip - Nicky planted out most of the little ferns this evening when we arrived back from Immy's riding lesson. Today marked a first for Immy - she fell off the horse! Luckily she was relatively unscathed and sustained no more than muddy hands, knees and face, and hopped back on Bob for a few more jumps. The funniest thing about the whole incident was Polly, who seemed to become very distressed when horse and rider parted company and began barking at Bob as he cantered over to the gate, as if to say 'get back in line!' - obviously her herding instincts came into play.
There was a very dark, threatening sky when we arrived home so that as Nicky went off to plant the ferns, I asked Immy to bring in the washing as I had to drop Polly home to Jonathan & Lynley's. By the time I reached town, about five minutes later, it was pouring with rain but sun still shone brilliantly from the West, causing a spectacular rainbow. I pulled over to the side of the road to take a few photos but they weren't as good as I hoped. Then, on the way back, the setting sun through the rain colouds over the bay was lovely, but as I've blipped quite a few sunsets from here, I've decided to stick with this fern image. The others are on Flickr.
This evening being Nicky's last night before heading back to Bahrain and work, we went out for dinner with Jonathan and Lynley at the Teppanyaki restaurant in the hotel in town. It was extremely good and our chef was a real showman, which of course Teppanyaki chefs should be - great fun!