My dad: sent him a text message at 4 a.m. asking him to explain what 'fish plates' are in the context of the railway, and tell me what the correct name is for the ceramic discs beneath electric rails. He sent me a paragraph's explanation and then said he was going back to sleep.
It's been a good few days for wildlife in our garden – suburban house a mile and a half from the city centre that backs on to scrub and farmland. We've had what I'm pretty sure was a lesser spotted woodpecker (we've only seen the green one before), we've had a male roe deer with young one or mate (I was in the bathroom so didn't see it) and we've had occasional muntjac visits, one of which I have a very poor picture of. And I'm pretty sure the muntjac was barking loudly at around 6.45 this morning; having listened to clips of them I'm pretty confident it was.
And today we sat and had lunch outside in the sun. It was lovely.