Some last gasps of autumn, captured this foggy morning on my mobile phone.
These pictures lack the sharpness projected by a regular camera lens, but the "painterly" look also has its charms.
Oh, look! Someone in Russia has stolen my copyrighted photo of a sadu (holy man) in Kathmandu, Nepal. And he or she has used the image on a poster, apparently advertising a tanning studio. No credit to me, of course! (We'll see about that!) Sigh.
Meanwhile, this hoax is a timely reminder that the Internet is rife with tricksters and fraudsters. That old adage "don't believe everything that you hear and only half that you read" is reinforced daily with the proliferation of false and misleading information online.
What's on your reading list this month? I've been riveted by Donna Tartt's new novel The Goldfinch. And after this article, I'm looking forward to reading Waterstone's Book of the Year: "Stoner" by John Williams. If you're a fan of photographer Peter Beard's musings and images of Africa, this book is a fascinating read. In addition to photographs, the book contains collages, diary excerpts and interviews.
Rather than reading, this week I'm busy with Christmas decorations and running last-minute errands, before sending holiday parcels off to the US. Plus, I've been spending hours in the garden (bundled up like a polar bear!), cutting up branches and plants for the recycling bins (in preparation for landscapers, who'll be revamping our garden in January).
Hope your week is off to a good start!