A treat

Today’s picture is of crow perched on the walnut tree.


It is still too cold for a morning ride and looks to be going to be so for the foreseeable future. This once again enabled me to get on with some much needed work on the Heritage DVD.

I also spent quite a bit of time rushing about to get the camera because I had seen a solitary waxwing on the walnut tree, only to find that the bird had flown by the time I got back to the window. This happened three times. This was good exercise but not quite so much fun as cycling.

I had the good fortune to be included in the annual Langholm Initiative lunch at the Douglas because of the unavoidable absence of one of the original guests. The food was good, the company was varied and the conversation was informative and enjoyable. I am not used to such heavy eating in the middle of the day, not to mention a glass of wine, so I spent most of the rest of the afternoon sitting about groaning…but pleasurably.

The morning was brightened by a new visitor to the bird feeders. Mrs Tootlepedal correctly identified it as a redpoll.


I am sorry if the colours are a bit variable but I am still coming to terms with the sloping screen on my new laptop. Here’s another shot of the redpoll.


…it was quite happy to mix with the locals…

redpoll goldfinch

In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to do her bit as the evil queen in the Panto. She was very pleased last night when somebody remarked that in her disguise as a little old woman when she takes the poisoned apple to Snow White, she was reminiscent of Julie Walters purveying ‘two soups’. There can be no higher praise. She is playing to a full house tonight so I hope everything goes all right.

er praise.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

5 thoughts on “A treat

  1. Lovely to see a new bird and isn’t Ally clever identifying it, wow! Your sisters are meeting in Chichester today along with your cousin Missa, the chat will flow!

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