Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent and shows her children clearly enjoying a visit to Cragside.
Dropscone and I had agreed to meet for coffee this morning without the bother of going cycling first and a very good decision this turned out to be as it was pouring with rain at cycling time. The added bonus of not cycling was that Dropscone had the time to make some of his eponymous drop scones and they go very well with home made raspberry jam.
Birds were rather scarce in the morning as the sparrowhawk made a few ominous passes through the garden. Although it didn’t catch anything, it certainly kept the small birds away from the feeder for quite a bit of time. The rain had eased off by the time coffee was finished and I was able to watch a few brave or stupid chaffinches and sparrows come to get seed.
By midday it was nice enough to allow me to take stroll outside. We have some colour still there.
But colour is fading as well.
…before it was time to go off to play trios with Isabel and Mike. Mike has discovered a another nice trio by Telemann for flute, cello and keyboard which meant we had two Telemann trios to play today. This is pretty well the definition of having a good time.
When I got home, the sun had come out and it was a lovely evening. Yet more chaffinches were arriving at the feeder.
I would have liked to take the opportunity to go for a quick walk after playing with Mike and Isabel but it was flute lesson day and that took precedence. Luke’s music reading has improved a lot over the past year and we can learn new music more quickly now.
I didn’t have much time to sit down when Luke left, because I had to eat my tea quickly and then go out to a meeting which we have organised to see if there is a demand for a monthly camera club in the town. Several keen local photographers go across to Newcastleton to the camera club there but it has been felt that there might be a demand for a non competitive club in Langholm too. An attendance of seventeen with a few apologies make it look as though this is true.
At any rate, we formed a small committee and arranged two more monthly meetings so we have made a start. The format of the meetings is that any of those present can bring along up to ten pictures on a memory stick and show them to the meeting. We hope that members will enjoy sharing their experiences and be able to give and receive suggestions and advice in a friendly atmosphere. Six members had brought pictures for this first meeting and they were well received. We all felt that the first meeting was very promising.
When I got home, the almost full moon was lighting my way to the back door.