Today’s picture, from my daughter’s recent outing, shows a building in London known as the Shard. She likes it. She is in a minority.
It was a mild, very cloudy, slightly damp day again today. As I had offered to go and fill the feeders at the moorland feeder station, I was a bit disappointed as it was not a photo friendly day at all. I took a picture of an early morning pair of siskins in our garden before I left, just to put some colour into the day.
Then I put my wellies on and drove to the feeder station. The feeders needed filling and when I had finished, I did a bit of lurking in the hope of seeing some interesting birds. It’s always fun to see a woodpecker and today I saw two which was a bonus.
I had shifted one of the peanut feeders nearer to my lurking point but the woodpeckers disobligingly ignored it and stuck with the further away one.
I like the blue tit having a peer from above to see what is going on. It wasn’t any less gloomy up at the feeders…
…so pausing only to take a fuzzy shot of another pair of matching siskins…
…I came home.
The queues at the feeders in our garden were even more relentless today than usual. I would have thought that with the warmer weather, there would have been less pressure on them but it seems to have increased over the last two or three days.
I refilled the big feeder three times during the day such was the demand.
Mrs Tootlepedal went to church to sing in the choir while I was up at the feeders and when she came back, she rushed out again to an antiques and collectors fair in the Buccleuch Centre. I am an antique but not a collector so I left her to it. She came back with a very pretty little Caithness glass vase and put some snowdrops in it to show it off.
I had a light lunch and went off on the speedy bike to see if I could cycle two days running without coming to harm. I avoided any steep hills by heading south down the A7 and boringly went straight down for ten miles and then turned and came straight back again. There was a steady drizzle but the wind was light and it was quite a pleasant outing (but with no opportunity to use the little camera). To keep the pressure off my swollen ankle, I used a low gear and kept up as quick a cadence as I could manage and I was surprised to find that I did the journey in only a minute over 15 miles an hour without putting any pressure on my breathing at all. Maybe I am better than I feel.
I certainly felt quite well when we drove down the same road to a garden centre later in the afternoon. Annoyingly it became apparent that half a mile beyond my turning point on the bike, it hadn’t rained at all. Mrs Tootlepedal bought a Christmas box (Sarcococca) which has a wonderful scent. I bought a small amount of a fancy bird food to see how it goes down and a large chuck of sheep’s milk cheese. We both were very happy with our purchases.
Dropscone is back in the country after his holiday in France and should be home tomorrow. I am looking forward to going round the morning run with him as soon as the weather permits.
I end with a greenfinch photographed in poor conditions this morning. He looks as cheerful about the weather as I am.