Today’s picture, sent to me by my sister Susan and taken by my brother-in-law Huseyin, shows my great nephew Jamie. After yesterday’s treat from NZ, Susan thought that we ought to show a home grown nipper.
Another cold day morning greeted us but the temperature is staying just above freezing so getting about is no problem at all. I had hung out my newly purchased feeder last night and I was keen to see how the birds took to it today. There was a slow start but after a while things picked up. Sadly the light wasn’t good enough to do justice to the shiny new contraption but poor light never stops me from taking pictures so here they are:
As you can see, it is a four seater and I was hoping to get all the seats filled.
The next target was four different types at the same time…
but I didn’t manage that.
I had bought the new feeder because I had thrown out a plastic feeder that wasn’t letting the seed through and I had started the day with the old metal feeder in the plum tree in its place. It drew a good crowd up there.
But then I brought it down to the front and put the peanuts up there instead as they are not being used much at the front.
The peanuts in the plum tree seemed to be a good idea.
It all made for an entertaining morning for me while I rested the ankle. Mrs Tootlepedal had gone to Carlisle on the bus to take back the foot she bought yesterday for her sewing machine as she found that the foot didn’t fit. While she was away, I managed finally to do some form filling and letter writing that I should have done months ago. I felt a better person for having done it.
Nevertheless, in the end the boredom of resting the ankle became too much and after lunch, without getting into any cycling gear, just tucking the trouser legs into the socks to show I wasn’t really cycling, I nipped out for a little ten mile stroll on the slow bike.
I went to Callister and back and just before the turning point I took this picture of new planting on the hillside there.
On my way back, I noticed a log lorry getting ready to pick up another load of trees from the felled wood at the Bigholms.
Just before I got back to Langholm, a heron flew across the road in front of me. This is not a typical place to see a heron.
I took just under the hour to do the ten miles and my ankle showed no ill effects so I might try it again tomorrow if the weather permits.
When I got back there was plenty of time to put a week of the E and L into the database. My wrists were pretty sore but luckily I use a speech recognition program if I don’t feel like typing so the process was fairly painless.
In the evening, I went to Carlisle with Susan and in the absence of one of our members, we enjoyed a selection of quartets and quintets. We were in fine form and felt that we had done justice to the pieces which we played. The car is going well after its repair and got Susan and me there and back safely.
I should add that some of the birds had a pretty good look at the new feeder before trying it.