It was another rather housebound day today, though Mrs Tootlepedal went to work and I managed a short trip to John’s shop. It was minus 5º when we got up and it never got above zero all day. I’m sorry to say that the forecast is saying that our very low temperatures are going to last another five days. (A late forecast tonight says it will last into the new year!)
Arthur and Dropscone came for coffee again today and Dropscone brought some excellent drop scones with him. This was lucky as Mrs Tootlepedal has eaten all the rest of the gingerbread. After coffee, Dropscone went home and Arthur and I had another session on the Heritage DVD.
When he had gone, I made a minestrone soup from a Sarah Raven recipe book which our daughter, Annabel, had given to Mrs Tootlepedal for her recent birthday. Surprisingly (to me at any rate) the recipe called for a generous splash of red wine in the soup but it still tasted very good so I will make it again. It is a good winter warmer as they say.
The light was very poor all day and it started to snow quite heavily so that there was not much chance of good photographs. The bad weather has made the birds a lot less patient around the feeders and the goldfinches were in almost constant circulation. There are five on the go here.
Just as the light gave out pretty well altogether, Mrs Tootlepedal noticed that we were being visited for the first time by a small group of long tailed tits. I hope they come again when the light is better. I took this shot just to prove that they really were here.
In between time, I went to top up the wormery and check whether the little wigglers had survived the very cold night. They seem to be OK but they are clinging to the side of the bin and I don’t know what that means at all. There are lots of young worms in the bin which seems to be a hopeful sign.
I have got them as well wrapped up as I can in the garage so I’m just keeping my fingers crossed. Meantime they are still producing a good amount of worm wee which Mrs Tootlepedal will use as a fertiliser in the springtime.
My sister Susan has sent me this picture of my sister Mary on her morning walk near Kenwood. The picture was taken by Susan’s friend Rachel with whom she has just been to New Zealand and Greece. Somehow it doesn’t seem right that Mary (who is one on my older sisters) should look so much younger than me.
While my tea was cooking (layers of scalloped potatoes, feta cheese and tomatoes baked in the oven), I went for a gentle spin for half an hour on the bike to nowhere. The hip stood up to this very well so I hope to get back on tomorrow.
In the evening, the Tinkers visited and we variously enjoyed, conversation, recorder sonatas, hot chocolate and a bottle of M&S Bordeaux. It’s hard to think of a better way to end the day.