Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s stopover in Dubai last month. It shows a less familiar side of the town.
I felt good enough after breakfast to try a short cycle ride but was a bit discouraged when it started raining as soon as I left the garden. I managed ten soggy miles but, feeling rather cold and damp, I came in for a cup of coffee. Drinking the coffee stretched out to doing the crossword and setting up the camera to look out of the window for me.
It saw chaffinches approaching the feeder in a shifty manner…..
The rain stopped and a little brightness appeared so I got the bike out again and had a much brisker turn up and down the same route, admiring the flourishing fungi by the roadside as I pedalled past. There were a lot to see but I picked out these two, a few yards apart, to record with Pocketcam.
By the time that I got back, it was lunchtime and as Mrs Tootlepedal was having a food free day, I had my bowl of potato soup in solitude.
After lunch, I printed out some folded cards of Hermitage Castle which one of our local shops buys off me to help the funds of our Archive Group. This took me much longer than it should have. I had failed to save the alterations that I had made to the photo and the cards when I printed the sample out and had to do it all again. I added twenty of our Archive Group postcards, which another shops sells, to my bag and cycled up to the high street to hand them out.
While I was there, I collected a couple of my prints which a kind fellow member of the camera club had brought back for me from last night’s meeting and was pleased to find out that Dr Tinker and his ordinary bicycle….
Then I purchased both a bright but very expensive LED light bulb for my computer lamp and my next big bag of coffee and finally cycled home. That rounded off my outdoor activity for the day, though I spent some useful time copying out some flute music.
It has been a bit subdued today, with relief at my recovery being more than tempered by concern for Mrs Tootlepedal’s state of health. It is a bit sad when you can’t even cheer an invalid up with little treats of cups of tea and dainty biscuits. From conversations which I had while I was out, it does appear that this little bug is doing its best to lay low all the people in the town.
From looking at the forecast and checking on Mrs Tootlepedal, it might be another gloomy day tomorrow too. It seems to be a two day bug but I shall hope for the best.
The flying bird of the day, needless to say is a chaffinch. When will our winter visitors arrive?