Today’s picture shows the scene that greeted us when we rose.
Although some spring flowers have indeed appeared….
….the weather doesn’t seem to realise what date it is and keeps on thinking that it is still midwinter.
The snow meant that I was confined to barracks when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir. Once again I was condemned to look out of the window for want of anything more constructive to do.
You can see that the snow had slacked off and when Mrs Tootlepedal returned from church, I was able to walk up to the Archive Centre in some light rain and get a bit of work done. By the time that I got back, the rain had stopped and there was even a ray of sunshine.
I took the opportunity to take the camera out to see how the frogs were doing.
I had met Leo, Gavin’s grandson while I was out and I suggested that he might like to come and see the frogs. He arrived later in the afternoon and inspected the pond.
When asked for his considered verdict on the frog experience, he replied, “Don’t like frogs.” His grandfather took him off to feed the ducks. Chacun à son gout.
As well as frogs, I recorded the fine snowdrop avenue along the back path. They haven’t been discouraged by the weather. Mrs Tootlepedal points out that the secret may be in their name.
I took a picture of a blackbird nibbling on a crushed fatball….
…and settled down in a comfy chair to think about when I should go for a pedal. I was still thinking about this an hour or so later when Sandy rang to suggest a visit to the Moorland Bird Feeders. I got packed up and off we went. It started promisingly with some lapwings making their plaintive cries while displaying on the moor behind us (too far away to snap) but once we got settled down to bird watch, there seemed to be a strange lack of birds on the feeders for us to watch.
A passing cyclist was interesting…
…but not what we had come to see.
There was the odd pheasant about. This one was showing the full extent of its tail.
After a while there was a sudden rush of three woodpeckers. I caught one flying but the light wasn’t good enough for a sharp picture.
It was headed for the seed on a feeder post.
One of the others preferred the peanuts.
They soon went off and all the birds seemed rather twitchy although we couldn’t see any hawks about. Sandy went out and repositioned his camera onto the feeder post that the woodpecker had been using and we settled down again. Not a bird arrived. We sat in gloomy silence. After a while one or two small birds tentatively appeared and disappeared but in general this was the smallest number of birds we have ever seen at the Moorland Feeders.
I got a few shots…
The light wasn’t very good and there still were no birds so we got fed up and went home. You don’t feel the cold too much when you are sitting out and watching birds but you feel it quite a lot when you are sitting out and not watching birds. We could see plenty of snow lying on the tops of the English hills.
Mrs Tootlepedal had been out during the afternoon at the première of the LAODS production of The Sound of Music in which she is a nun and returned reporting that things had gone well. I am glad because I am going to see the show tomorrow.
In the evening, I made a tasty chicken stew for my tea. I was pleased that it was tasty because it is going to last me for three days. While I was making it, I noticed a snowdrop that Mrs Tootlepedal had picked and put in a vase for our B&B guests.
Note: This is my 1000th post since I started my daily diary in mid June 2010. I would like to take this opportunity to thank anyone who has taken the time to read my ramblings and in particular to warmly thank those who have taken the trouble to make a comment.
WordPress take a lot of trouble to give me statistics for the readership of the blog and they would be quite impressive if they weren’t complete hogwash. According to them I have 1059 followers but since on a normal day I get 60 to 70 visitors, 980 of my followers don’t follow me. Baffling.
On top of that, it is quite possible that many of my visitors don’t actually read the blog because I must admit that I have sometimes visited a blog to see what it was like, skimmed through it at double speed to see if there are any interesting pictures and never returned. Just to check, I would like to ask anyone who has read this far to spool back up and click on the snowdrop picture to enlarge it. I know that I have some readers who don’t care for the pictures and some who never bother with the text so it will be interesting to compare the recorded number of visitors today with the recorded number of clicks on the picture.
Today’s flying chaffinch is hard to take in. It really was flying.