Following recent heart surgery (more about that some other time) I returned home from hospital on Saturday. To aid with my recovery I was told to walk regularly aiming for at least 1000 m per day during the first week. Living right at the Kennet and Avon Canal walking along the towpath was the obvious option. Today my sister and I walked from my flat near lock number 95, Aldermaston Lock, to lock number 96, Padworth Middle Lock, a distance of approximately 630 m one way. At the lock my sister was so kind to take a few pictures of me:
It was a very nice walk which I managed to complete without any major problems. On the way back we stopped at the very nice Aldermaston tea rooms for a cup of tea and some triple chocolate muffins.
Following a few tests in the hospital I had to get done on Thursday today was the first day I was allowed to go out again (I got home Friday afternoon), and even that only carefully. So all I did was a short walk along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon canal. Took a few pictures of some of the flowers along the canal:
A few pictures of some young water birds today, ducklings and goslings to be precise. The ducklings are from two broods busily feeding below and in (yes, in) Aldermaston Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The goslings I spotted on the River Kennet between Aldermaston Wharf and Aldermaston Village.
As it was mostly cloudy today with only occasional bright moments I decided to just go on a short walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal. I still took my camera, this time with the 50mm prime lens, giving me a different challenge compared to the zooms I usually use. About a mile and a half into the walk a very heavy rain shower arrived (not forecasted when I left, but then suddenly showing on the weather app…). I decided to wait it out in the shelter of the tree, using the opportunity to try and take pictures of the rain. After about half an hour the rain stopped and for a short while there was even some bright sunshine.
The last pass of the International Space Station over the UK in 2015, on Christmas Eve (click on the picture for the full size):
It was a low pass (as you can see) and not as bright as previously, also it wasn’t as dark as I had hoped. Still, fairly happy with the picture (which is a composite of over 100 pictures). Oh, and the thick stripes are clouds.