Hi there Pop Pickers...
For once, here is a timely diary update for your consideration as Autumn is definitely taking hold.
In the South East of England, we seem to have gone from a strangely warm start of the month to very autumnal feeling at the end of October.
I have taken a few days leave, and done a few things.
On 9 October, I ventured to Painshill with my best friend and her sister. It gave me the opportunity to give my recently fixed Canon Powershot SX60HS a workout.
A nice day with good company in nice surroundings - <more photos here>.
The following day, we went to Hampton Court to see Henry VIII's old place. The history is very interesting, and again the camera was given a workout. <more here>
Over the next few days, we made a birthday cake and then I spent a couple of days cutting my grass and visiting my Mum.
During the following week, day turned to night as the remnants of Storm Brian moved across Surrey.
At about 15:15, the sky turned a little yellow, but by 15:30 it was dusk like and the Sun and sky turned an incredible red, before the sun seemed to go out as it was obscured by thick cloud.
The Met Office declared that sand and dust from the Sahara and smoke from fires in Iberia were the cause.
Either way, it seemed a bit spooky and as Eclipse-like as I have ever witnessed.
I have had a couple of problems with my mid-2002 VW Golf recently.
First, I had a screw work it's deflating magic in one of my rear tyres, but couldn't get the wheel off at the roadside. A friend with more relevant came out and gave it a kick and off she popped. Thanks, Trevor.
Next, during the Wisley trip mentioned earlier, I noticed that the steering was intermittently
skippy, light and drifting.
I took the car to the mechanic and he looked, dismantled and found nothing of importance out of place, so put the bits back together. Oddly, the drive was fine after that.
I took his advice and had the tracking checked out, and it was out of alignment - after adjustment, the car seems fine.
Odd things that have caught my eye are that Battersea Power Station is almost back to it's former glory with four restored chimneys.
Other oddments are the brilliant "Cars 3" inspired cake made for my pal's neice's 4th birthday - Happy 4th Birthday, Molly.
And finally in this department, the fake owl which has been placed as a pigeon deterrent at the office. I am not as convinced about this as I might be, because there are owls in the trees in the grounds at the office so I would have thought that the pigeons would have been deterred already. We shall see.
But absolutely finally, here is a dump from Facebook of an incident which happened to me the other day - a first for me. You can tell who your friends are ...
And on that bombshell, I wish you good day.
Take care folks... let's be careful out there.