I have given my daughter a camera for her Christmas present and I think perhaps she must have opened it already because she sent me this for a guest picture today. She has been staring out of her kitchen window. Living as she does in the heart of a great city, she can’t expect to get the variety of birds that we do here of course.
It was a brighter morning here today but the wind was blowing vigorously to make sure that we didn’t enjoy it too much. It wasn’t strong enough to put the birds off though.
And even a robin was bold enough to share the feeder with a chaffinch.
I particularly liked one shot of a chaffinch that I took during the morning as it reminded me strongly of the manner of Woodstock, the little bird in the Peanuts cartoon strip.
I left the birds to go to Carlisle to welcome two of my sisters and my stepmother who are coming to celebrate Christmas with us.
Our visitors were blown up the railway line to Carlisle by a favouring gale and, in spite of dire warnings about travel disruption, arrived safely and almost on time.
The evidence of the weather conditions was to be seen on all sides. The river Eden had broken its banks in Rickerby Park….
…and road to Langholm passed through sodden fields on both sides.
Our house was warm and welcoming when we got there, although we wonder whether we might perhaps have gone a bit over the top with our Christmas tree.
Mrs Tootlepedal knew that the visitors were coming and had naturally baked a cake for them so we sat down when we got home and enjoyed the cake and conversation in the kitchen.
In the evening we further enjoyed a splendid meal and more conversation and this should set the template for the next few days, as talking and eating are right up our street.
Fortunately, our internet connection seems to have been restored to its former health and so everything is good. I hope anyone who may read this post is enjoying a very happy holiday and Mrs Tootlepedal and I send them our very best wishes for the season.
Although I couldn’t rise to a woodpecker (envy, envy), I did find a flying bird today.