The post could have been designed for the owl. It sits there looking around; into a neighbours garden, then across the road. It preens. I'm not a night person and I drew these before breakfast the next morning but the shape of a tawny owl is so distinctive that it stayed imprinted in my mind.
After a few minutes it turned towards us then flew off on silent wings on its nocturnal patrol. I don't remember having heard tawny owls very much recently (probably because I sleep through it) and it's rare for us to see one. But it's good to know that they're still around.
I've been keeping this diary for 6 years now, since October 1998. Here are my three previous entries for the 24th October (the other years I missed out on this date):
One small step . . .
My latest Vue d'Espirit 3D computer design project: a spiral staircase is a satisfyingly complex shape to construct (just try describing it to someone without moving your arms) but it's easy to put together because it's made of one simple repeated component: a cylinder with a rectangular block attached to it. Once I've made my first step it's just a case of copying it and stacking them up neatly.
This 'work in progress' render reminds me of the times that I worked
as a freelance set decorator at Creative Consortium in Leeds (an advertising
agency which has now disappeared). We had a stage about 30 x 20 ft which
had curved walls so that if you painted a landscape on them you couldn't
see the join between ground, walls and ceiling. It was disorientating
to be up in one of the corners on top of a stepladder waving a spray gun
about to paint clouds. It was like being on the inside of a tennis
ball. No corners to tell you which way was up.
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org