Today’s picture shows almost the last of the Japanese anenomes which have done so well this year.
The new month started with a welcome change in the weather and Dropscone and I set off for our morning run with gladness in our hearts. In an effort to keep away from hedge thorns and muddy roads, we went straight over Callister as far as the bridge at Paddockhole.
Although it was a quite dull out and back ride, I enjoyed it as much as any pedal I have had recently. The relatively gentle wind helped a lot. To go with our coffee, Dropscone had made some particularly fine girdle scones which made for a first rate morning all round.
The roses welcomed the warmer weather too.
The was a varied selection of birds about.
All the birds seemed to be enjoying a little sunshine.
I made a vegetable broth for lunch using a dried broth mixture which works quite well. This made a welcome change from my usual lentil or leek and potato soups. After lunch, I helped Mrs Tootlepedal tidy the front room until she felt that my looming presence was perhaps not contributing much to the task and I took the hint and left. I thought that the good light was too good a chance to miss and took the camera up to the moorland feeder station in an another effort to capture a woodpecker.
I took a little camp stool so that I could sit patiently behind the screen and watch the show. There was a good number of small birds whizzing around but no woodpeckers in sight so I shot what I could.
Then I caught a glimpse of a woodpecker. Unfortunately it flew to a tree behind another and I couldn’t focus on it before it and all the other birds took fright and flew off leaving me gently fuming. I was encouraged by the sighting though and decided to sit a bit more to see if the birds returned. Bit by bit, the feeders became busy again and then the woodpecker returned making an already good day even better. I took a lot of shots and I have put a few here.
I went home by way of the Hollows, stopping to see what I could see.
I got home to find that Mrs Tootlepedal had made a very good job of tidying the front room and made a small contribution to the work myself by binning a good deal of stuff of the sort that might one day be useful but probably never will be. It certainly won’t be now.
The Sunday lunch chicken provided me with enough bits for a second night of chicken curry for my tea. Yesterday I had made my own curry sauce but today, I made use of a prepared paste in a bottle. Variety is the spice of life. Literally in this case.
In the evening, I went with Susan to play recorders in Carlisle and we had a particularly good evening’s playing. This was in spite of Sue and Susan, who both are still gainfully employed, being rather tired from their day’s work. It makes me very grateful to be able to be retired and in good health.
I count my blessings every day.