Wednesday, July 9

A lovely day

Yesterday, I had a lovely day! Isabelle and I met up with J at the falconry centre near Northwich. She is such lovely company and a very nice person to spend time with.

We started off by having lunch and a good yap, then wandered off to see the birds and owls in the aviary. I love the owls and the bald eagles. It was horrible trying to photograph them because of the wire cages, but I know they have to be there. There are some dangerous beaks and claws behind those cages. I really wanted to get a shot of the bald eagle, basically to prove to myself that the previous bald eagle shot I got, wasn't a fluke LOL. Thankfully, it wasn't. I got another decent shot, although I had to burn out a lot of the background in PS to get rid of the visible cage wires.

We had a wander around the candle shop, and Isabelle talked my ears off asking questions about candles... bless her. She does make me laugh, but my god she wears my ears out sometimes LOL

We were going to see the flying display at 2pm, but when we got there it turned out that there wasn't one. I was disappointed as I'd not seen it before. We wandered a bit more (in the drizzle!) and then sat in the courtyard just yapping. Isabelle was quite happy to entertain herself as well as us. She was really good. No tantrums or anything, which makes a refreshing change. By the time we'd finished yapping, it was getting on towards 4pm which is when the next flying display was scheduled. We decided to hang around to see it, and I was glad I did. They guy flew a barn owl, one of my favourite owls. It's really odd, because I normally hate birds flying close to me but this didn't bother me at all, even when the owl flapped it's wings in my ears as it flew over my head. Isabelle thought it really funny when the owl landed on her pushchair.

I learned so much about owls that I never knew during this session. They handler was very good and just rattled information off and it was really interesting.

We didn't get home until almost 5.30pm and Isabelle was worn out. We had to play 'catch the lorry' in the car on the way home just to keep her awake.

She crashed out on the sofa more or less straight after eating dinner, bless her. She did spend a few minutes telling daddy about her day though, and the owl that landed on her pushchair, and that she really wanted to stroke it but the man said we weren't allowed to stroke them.

I ended up laying on the sofa about 10pm and my muscles in my back were cramping up like crazy, particularly in my ribs. One of them felt like it was pulsing. it was really odd! Today, I'm not doing very much at all. I'm very stiff and a bit sore, but it was worth it because of the lovely day. It was so nice to have some female company and to wander around at a leisurely pace. Mark tends to want to rush from one thing to another and I can't keep up with him, so it was a refreshing change.

I think I'm going to make some playdough for Isabelle this afternoon. She's at playgroup at the moment, but playdough will keep her occupied this afternoon.

Thanks J for a lovely day :D