Today’s guest picture comes from my nomadic friend Bruce who found himself in the Odessa Opera House in Ukraine during a rehearsal earlier this week.
We had a day of two halves today. The morning was grey, wet and windy and the afternoon was grey and windy but not quite so wet. This gave us the perfect excuse for a lie in and a leisurely breakfast, an opportunity which we seized with both hands.
It was one of those days when almost as soon as you have finished breakfast, it magically seems to be time for lunch. My Mediterranean diet theme continued with a plate of sardines on toast.
After lunch, I set up my tripod at the kitchen window and sat back to watch the birds.
It looked a little better in the afternoon so we put on our coats and hats (and gloves) and set out for a circular walk a little way up a hill track and then back down into the park and home.
The recent rain has filled the Wauchope up and Pool Corner was looking rather sombre as we passed.
There were plenty of lichens to look at. The pixie cup lichens all seemed to be fruiting. The light was poor and I didn’t have my macro lens with me so the pictures aren’t good but I thought that they were interesting so I have put them in.
The rain threatened now and again but never came to enough to discourage us so we strode on as best we could, enjoying the views as we got up the hill.
Once over the shoulder of the hill, we looked across the Stubholm towards Whita.
We were walking through the park when the sound of splashing told us that a brave horse and rider had forded the river on the other side of the wall. We saw the back of this competent equestrian walking off up the track.
Although it was only about three o’clock when we got home, it was so gloomy that I put the camera away for the day. Things will be worse tomorrow when we will have entered the six months of dark nights as the clocks go back tonight.
In contrast, I will put in two flower pictures which I took yesterday but forgot to include in the post.
I did have time to go out and see if there were any raspberries worth picking and I was able to fill a generous bowlful for my tea tonight. They still have excellent flavour and sweetness. If we could get a couple of dry days and a little sun, there are plenty more waiting to ripen.
In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to see a production of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Buccleuch Centre. I like Verdi but you have to be feeling quite fit to sit through one of his more dramatically gloomy operas and I didn’t like the idea of the updated production we were promised either so I lounged about at home in an uncultured way while she took in the show.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch at full stretch.