And still the wild life comes to our garden. Today it was Mr Fox, and a very fine specimen he is too, with a white splash on his tail.
He seems to grub around looking for worms. We have nothing but holes in the grass, I won’t call it lawn, what with squirrels excavating for nuts as well. The cat actually gave chase to a squirrel today but she is too well fed to be bothered really. And the squirrels are too agile.
The highlight of my day was my ability to give a Zoom presentation to the Arts Society of Woking. I became a registered lecturer for The Arts Society some time ago, and this was to be my first performance. But because of lockdown it could not be live, so I have been busy acquiring new skills as a presenter via Zoom. I discovered how to share my screen with a Powerpoint presentation: but the biggest challenge was to attach an audio file. I was speaking about the Gold Lyre of Ur project: the making of a playable replica of the world’s most ancient stringed instrument, from 2,500 BC. The slide show all worked fine, and I did in the end discover how to include an audio clip, as of course everyone ends up by saying, what does it sound like? As technology and I do not sit well together, I was quite apprehensive. I am more confident to address a live audience of hundreds. In the event there were about 100 people watching and the organiser was very pleased with the response. As it is a group which normally meets at 10.30 on a Wednesday morning, it goes without saying that the majority are retirees, but I have to say, they all seemed to be catching on well to Zoom. They were very gracious about my talk. I now await a review: like everything else nowadays from Airbnb to Amazon, we all get a star rating or similar.
After labouring over my laptop for most of the morning, I had a walk to oxygenate my braincells. As I walked past some parents collecting their children from school, I heard them saying, well, we WERE hoping to go away at half term……………….it would be so sad if everyone is subjected to a so-called circuit breaker. Hey ho, go anywhere you can, when you can, with whatever permitted companion.