It's Friday and finally the weather forecast is something I'm happy to come out from behind the sofa to watch. Ever late to the party, I considered today - on the brink of a heatwave - that we really should have bought a water butt to enable us to safely refresh the pond water. Can I blame my idiocy on this morning's second dose of AstraZeneca? I reckon so.
Much of this week has been clogged up with admin and other mundane activities. However, we did have a knock on the door from a local former musician who now supplies vinyl wraps, requesting to purchase some of our rust paint to add a creative final flourish to his VW T5 in the form of a rusty bumper. Gareth willingly assisted, showing him the best technique for texture and depth of colour, much to the bemusement of the neighbours, who are very much a part of the manicure your lawn/rush-out-and-sweep-a-single-leaf-off-the-drive/clean-and-valet-your-car-every-Sunday brigade (they don't get it). This prompted an amusing conversation about gorilla rust painting and who would make the most amusing victims.
Anyway, this van is purple, with a Marvel's Suicide Squad-themed wrap. It was simply too pedestrian as it was. It needed a rusty bumper to make it stand out.
A couple of days and a few photo messages later, the customer is really happy with his "swampy, rusty looking bumper" and dropped off a crate of Thatcher's cider as a thank you.
You think the man on the van looks insane? Here's my latest self portrait or postcard from the edge, taken during one of our recent cold, wet, housebound days. My other accessory is a latex Elf ear (I have no memory of why I purchased Elf ears, but I knew they would come in handy). I shared this with a local Facebook photography group. No one mentioned the obvious. Perhaps they were afraid to ask. Eventually, one tentatively commented "Elvish...?"
Our daily exercise has taken us to Kinver this week and after a lifetime's knowledge of our local area, it's always exciting to discover a new route. We started at the usual viewpoint and I took my usual silhouette shot of whoever happened to be passing at the time. The greyhound threw some cool shapes.
For some reason, this reminds me of Happy Mondays' Step On video. I kept imagining Shaun Ryder's profile to pop up above the Blizzard sign. (Just me?)
...and some gorgeous black Violas.
We've also transformed the rusty old wheel barrow buried in undergrowth at the top of the garden, into a herb garden. I may have mentioned that we don't have many sunny areas in our garden. This way, we can chase the sun!
Included in this arrangement is a Bronze Fennel from The Hairy Pot Company, the brainchild of Derek and Caroline Taylor, whose hairy pots are planted directly into the ground with zero waste. You can read about them here. Kirton Farm Nurseries Ltd home of the Hairy Pot Plant Co
And so as another day comes to an end, feast your eyes on these images taken two nights ago, during the rise of the May full moon "Flower Moon." The cloudscape was incredible. I was disappointed not to see a UFO dropping below it.