Today’s guest picture is a giant head which my sister Mary encountered as part of an art fair in London.
The forecast was very poor for the morning and Mrs Tootlepedal was out all day at an embroidery workshop so it it seemed like a good idea to take the opportunity to go shopping in Carlisle with Sandy for some photographic mount boards and materials to make cards. We found everything we needed and finished off with a bonus visit to Sainsbury’s where I acquired some fresh fish which you can’t get in Langholm and topped up my cheese and coffee supplies. You might think from reading my posts that my diet consists mainly of bread, cheese and coffee and you would be right.
The trees are beginning to turn and we hoped that after lunch, we might get out with the cameras but it started to rain very heavily so Sandy went home. The rained stopped after a while but it was very grey so I popped out on the slow bike with the camera to take a few shots while I could.
I took a shot in the garden before I left.
I went down to Skippers Bridge first,
I was urgently in need of a little sunlight to bring out the colours but it stayed overcast. I cycled back through the town to the Kilngreen.
Then I went across the sawmill bridge…..
…and onto the Castleholm.
I cycled back home by way of Mary Street and looked across the river at this tree which was trying its best but was only partly successful.
Once home, I took a picture of a marigold just to get a little colour onto this post.
I had a little time to look out of the kitchen window at a coal tit and a blue tit.
The plentiful supply of food around is keeping our visitors to a bare minimum and while this is saving me money on bird food, it is leading to an ordinate number of chaffinch pictures. Still I am trying to record daily life so here is yet another chaffinch.
I hadn’t been back long before Mrs Tootlepedal came home from her workshop. The rain which had been on and off was in a an off spell and she suggested a pedal round Potholm. This is a 5 mile circuit using forestry tracks and quiet roads and makes a change from our usual expeditions up the Wauchope road. She was in sparkling form and I was so busy trying to keep up with her that I only had time for one quick snap as we went round.
We were well sheltered from what wind there was and it was very mild as well so we thoroughly enjoyed our outing. Being Saturday evening, we then cooked our tea and settled down to watch Strictly Come Dancing on the telly and this rounded off a pleasantly busy day.
The flying bird of the day, caught in one of the brighter moments, is a chaffinch.