Down in the mouth

Today’s guest picture sent from New Zealand shows Maisie laughing at her father.  The picture was created and sent by her father.  It cheered me up on a very grey day.


The grey day was not improved in any way by an early  visit to the dentist.  Having problems with your teeth is not a recipe for great merriment and my visit did not improve matters materially so my smile was conspicuous by its absence for most of the morning.  The weather was suitably mournful as well and offered very little opportunity for taking life affirming photos.

Luckily, I had quite a lot of little tasks to do for the choir to keep me busy.

I hardly bothered to look out of the window but I did take the camera out into the garden.  There were a couple of depressed looking birds out there too.

A pigeon in the walnut tree
collared dove
A collared dove round the back of the house.

The only other sign of life was some ornamental grass blowing in the wind.


After lunch Mrs Tootlepedal and I went out for a short cycle ride.  We did contemplate a longer ride but it was very grey and rather windy and it looked as though it might rain any minute so we didn’t dilly dally and soon made our way home again.  I took a photo or two with Pocketcam to see how it would do in the poor light.

The colour is almost gone now except for dull greens and browns.
The needles are coming off the larch trees


Alder catkins
Alder catkins
tree at Wauchope School
It is hard to see why anyone th0ught that it was worth preserving the rest of this tree.

Even though the pictures are remarkably dull, I was pleased by how well Pocketcam coped.

The end of the day was considerably brightened by a trip by myself (Susan was busy at work) to Carlisle to play with the recorder group.  There were only four of us and with our librarian being away, we played some unaccustomed pieces and enjoyed ourselves a lot.

Reading back the post before sending it off, I see that I am in full moaning mode today.  I should point out that moaning makes me feel very cheerful so I am quite happy.   I am hoping for some sunshine and a smile tomorrow.

The flying bird of the day is poor picture of a chaffinch, the best that I could do….and I only just got it it time before the bird landed.








Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “Down in the mouth

  1. Everyone’s entitled to a good moan every now and then, and dental work can always dim a person’s mood. Hope tomorrow is sunnier for you all the way around. 🙂

  2. Maisie is a perfect “lead” for a cold and cheerless day here as well: she made me smile! Lynda described her perfectly – full of sunshine!

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