As I know you have all been missing her, here is a recent photo of the world’s greatest baby as guest picture of the day, probably taken by her mother.
We are in an excellent spell of fine weather with light winds at the moment and the only downside is that this leads to chilly mornings and it was a stingy 8°C at breakfast time. This meant that I had to put on an extra layer as I got the (fairly) speedy bike out for a pedal to Gair and back.
Dropscone was golfing so I was on my own which was lucky as I was in slow mode today. When my legs are not in co-operative mood (usually because my breathing isn’t at its best), I tend to switch off mentally and conduct imaginary interviews with the great and the good as I pedal along in which my remorseless use of logic and the Socratic method brings them to see the error of their ways. It doesn’t do anything for my average speed but it cheers me up a lot.
When I got back to the house, the birds on the feeder were busy discussing an opinion poll which has suggested that the Scottish people might be ungrateful enough to use the lovely referendum which the UK has kindly allowed them to have in the certain knowledge that no one would vote for independence actually to do that very thing.
Whatever the result, the referendum has made everyone in Scotland think about and discuss politics in a serious way and this can only be a very good thing. Newspapers, who like to think that they make up our minds for us, are having to recalibrate their opinions very carefully.when it appears that we might be able to make up our minds for ourselves. We are hoping for an eighty percent turnout on the day.
Unionist politicians are running round in circles trying to explain why they are offering us rich gifts in the last few days of the campaign which they hadn’t thought necessary to talk about during the previous two years. The truth is that we know a bribe when we see one but then lots of people are happy to take a bribe…..especially if it’s a good one. We shall see. It’s all very stimulating.
I would have liked to have taken advantage of the lovely weather to go out and take some pictures but I only had time for a quick garden wander….
…before going back in to make some soup for lunch.
I did keep my eyes open for butterflies though and rushed out if I saw one one.
The sedum worked its magic though and I caught a red admiral at work. At first it remained stubbornly at the wrong angle…
I couldn’t spend all day butterfly watching though as straight after lunch, I had to drive to Dumfries to visit an orthopaedic consultant with regard to my knee.
I had to put up with the usual National Health Service treatment there. I arrived a few minutes early and was sent off to X-ray immediately, I was X-rayed and back in the waiting room in ten minutes and seen by the consultant five minutes later. After a short and very sensible conversation, he told me that he would be happy to provide me with a knee replacement within the next few months. And for good measure he added that when they had sorted my knee, he would be more than happy to look at my hip too. This is the sort of thing that you have to put up with when you use the NHS.
I am very happy but somewhat nervous at the same time about all this.
I was home in time to do a little more butterfly chasing as the red admiral was back again.
Speaking of which…
I would like to thank those who sent me their kind thoughts on my friend Jean’s death. Looking through my photos, I found this picture of her and Mrs Tootlepedal sitting on the Solway shore seven years ago beside the very flat road that I cycled along last Thursday. I had thought of this occasion then when I passed this spot.
In the evening my flute pupil Like came and told me that he had played a piece in front of a large audience at school. I asked if they had given him a good round of applause and he replied, “Two.” His dad said that he had played very well. He certainly enjoys playing which is the first requirement in a pupil.
The good weather is set to continue for the next few days at least so I hope to get as much use from my old knee as I can before it is replaced.
I caught a straightforward flying chaffinch for the flying bird of the day.