I thought a break from clock blips was in order so I went into the garden in search of some colour. There is not great deal to record given I have been away since October but I did find these bluebells enhanced by the heavy rain that fell this afternoon. I had a rather frustrating morning working on a returned clock with a cheap mechanism that I eventually decided was never going to give a satisfactory performance. I nervously called the customer expecting an earful as he had apparently been unhappy in the shop but he was very pleasant with me and is happy to accept the compromise solution of a quartz movement. The carpet cleaner I had hired arrived so I spent the afternoon going through the house with it. It seems to have extracted a lot of muck.