As far as our weather went today, the forecasters seemed to have been a bit over exuberant in their threats of gale force winds and lashing rain and we got a breezy day with occasional showers.
It is still noticeably warm for the time of year but because it is generally so grey overhead, this is not giving us a great deal of joy. We would pay good money for a nice crisp frosty day with some blue skies. I realise that it is a bit mean to complain when our west coast is being lashed by 27 foot waves and most of the USA is suffering from life threatening chill but nevertheless, miserable weather is still miserable weather.
The wind is not encouraging me to take my bike out and the grey clouds are making photo taking difficult.
While Mrs Tootlepedal was out at a church choir practice, my daughter Annie and I set about making some tea cakes using a time heavy method that managed to pass most of the morning very pleasantly.
I did find time to peer at passing birds in the gloom.
The grey light means that sharp pictures are impossible as I am shooting with an ISO of 4000 just to catch a moving bird at all but it sometimes produces quite an atmospheric shot.
When Mrs Tootlepedal returned from her practice, we noticed a gap in the drizzle and nipped out for a quick turn round Gaskell’s Walk. Annie had not been along the path since the trees were all cut down so she enjoyed seeing the path literally in a new light.
I was looking for mosses, lichens and fungi as we went along. Mrs Tootlepedal and Annie helped.
Because we were sheltered from the wind and it only rained for a short while soon after we started, the walk was very enjoyable in a slightly morose and damp sort of way.
The high spot of the walk for me was seeing this elegant gate with a diamond shape in it. Not at all typical of our local gates.
The high spot for the gardeners was seeing a snowdrop in the wood at Stubholm.
This may not look much to a non gardener but it it is truly surprising to see one out so early in the year here. Equally amazing are the two wallflowers that we saw in our own garden when we got home.
It has, as they say, been a funny winter so far.
It was time for a late lunch when we got home but it quickly got so dark outside that it felt as though it was tea time already. Fortunately, we soon had a ready supply of freshly cooked tea cakes to hand so staying indoors was no hardship.
In the evening, my flute pupil Luke came and we enjoyed playing a duet and later on I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel for the first time this year. It was good to be back tootling again after the Christmas break.
The flying bird of the day is a rather vague goldfinch.