Today’s guest picture is another from my sister Mary’s recent walk through Regent’s Park. It is good place to walk through.
I met a chap who has a small weather centre in his garden and he told me that three inches of rain had fallen since Friday morning so it was no surprise to see plenty of water in the Esk. Things drain so quickly here though that the river had already begun to drop by the time I took the picture.
I made some judicious purchases of fish, meat, cheese, local honey and carrots at the market and then went to collect some coffee beans that I had ordered from a shop in the High Street. Yesterday’s visit to Matilda had been fun but strangely tiring so this small amount of activity was more than enough for the morning and I devoted myself to making and drinking coffee, doing the crossword and watching birds on the garden.
I was experimenting with using my macro lens with an extender on it to see if it could get me close enough to take decent pictures but the gloomy day made things hard. The extender gets me closer but stops me being able to use a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the wings.
When the garden had dried out a bit, I went to see if there were any flowers left.
Just before lunch, I went out again to see of there were any bees about but they had not appeared. One of our sedums is going over….
I had another look at perching birds and enjoyed a severe looking young greenfinch and a chaffinch either singing its heart out or complaining about the rotten weather.
After lunch, the weather brightened up a lot and Mrs Tootlepedal and I resolved to shake the cobwebs out of our system and go for a little cycle ride. Some grey clouds had just passed and it was sunny as we set out. I stopped to visit my favourite cascade on the Wauchope and it was very different from my last visit a few days ago.
Sadly, we had misjudged the weather and more black clouds rolled in from the north west and it started to rain. We thought better of getting thoroughly soaked and turned for home after only a couple of miles. Still, we were pleased to have got out even for a short while and it certainly perked me up a lot.
Annoyingly but inevitably, once we had got home and settled down, the weather soon improved and it turned into a sunny, if slightly chilly, afternoon.
I continued to try to catch flying birds with the macro lens with modest success.
As the sun got lower in the sky, the reds and pinks of the sedum, the nerine and the petunias under the feeders began to glow gently…
The air in the garden was filled with a host of tiny flying insects and you can see them as little white dots surrounding this perching chaffinch.
While I relaxed after a tasty plate of fish for my tea, Mrs Tootlepedal went out to sell raffle tickets at the Buccleuch Centre. This was a fund raising effort to provide a new and improved website for the Centre. This is a very worthwhile project as it should result in more tickets being sold outside the town, enabling the Centre to continue to provide us lucky locals with a good range of concerts.
The weather forecast is not looking too good in the near future but as I enjoyed a very good month of cycling in September, a few days of rest will do me no harm at all.
The flying bird of the day is a greenfinch taken in the gloomy morning conditions.