This morning the forecast rain had duly arrived, and it still raining now at almost 15:00. Unsurprisingly I didn't get out at all onto my patch, so what would I do today ?
Well, the wife and I decided to go out to into town a spend some of our Xmas money, me and shopping are about as compatible as sparrows and sparrowhawks! However, I have been saving for a new lens for my camera all year, and with my xmas money i now had the £400 needed to get a canon 70-300 zoom lens with an image stabilizer - cool!
Before we left home I was looking into the near dark, wet gloom of the garden and was chuffed to see 3 REDWINGS come into the garden - only the second ever record, and the 27th species this month, making this december the joint best month ever for best species seen in it, 27 species were also achieved in Aug. 2006.
The day went down hill from there, although i did glimpse a LAPWING at migrant alley as we drove past on our way into town. We got to the camera shop, told the man what I wanted, they didn't have any! Went to the next camera shop, same thing, didn't have any, but our other outlet back in tonbridge (where we had just came from) might have one we were told.
Got to Tonbridge, went in the camera shop, yes we have one, yea! paid over my hard earnt, and took my lens home. I excitedly assembled the lens to the camera, and it made all sorts of clicking and clunking noises - so it was back to tonbridge, where they looked at my camera (a canon 400D) and looked at the lens a Canon 70-300 IS, and decided that the two were not compatible, DOH!!!!
I EXPRESSLY ASKED THREE ASSISTANTS 'WERE THE TWO COMPATIBLE', BEFORE I BOUGHT THE BLOODY THING! ''yes'' they said.
So I'm back to my old lens. Sorry for my moaning rant, but why dont canon lenses fit canon cameras, is it too much to ask ? and why the bloody hell do JESSOPS employ sales assistants who dont know shit about camera's!
It'll be back to my patch tomorow to calm me down - whatever the weather!