Goodbye sunshine

Today’s guest picture shows Dunstanburgh Castle on the north-east coast of England.  Gavin walked past it in the sunshine while on the Craster coastal walk yesterday.

Dunstanburgh CastleThe authorities have decided that a single day of crisp sunshine was all that we deserved and we were back to the warm, wet and grey weather again today.  This at least let me get another two weeks of the newspaper index into the database during the day as well as finding time for a little flute and singing practice.

I did peer through the murky gloom to see if I could see any birds outside the kitchen window.

goldfinches
I could just see these goldfinches which arrived at noon.
goldfinch and greenfinch
A goldfinch and greenfinch try some formation landing

Later in the afternoon there was almost a glimpse of sunshine and I got quite excited…..

sparrow and goldfinch…but it soon faded away.

There is still colour in the garden and it is remarkable to find a sweet pea in flower at the end of October.

sweet peaThe clematis are hanging in but looking increasingly battered.

clematisIn the end, I got overcome by cabin fever and ignoring a light drizzle, I went for a walk through the park, along the Esk  and back along the top of the bank.

There are some leaves left on the trees in the park….

park tree…but a lot are now lying on the ground.

park leavesI concentrated on objects close to the path…..

tree roots
The exposed roots are the reason that Mrs Tootlepedal hadn’t joined me on the walk. She rightly thinks that this path is dangerous.

…because there were no views to be had today.

low cloud
There was not a hill to be seen

My walk under the trees….

Beechy Plains….was well sheltered from the drizzle and it was pleasantly warm as I walked along.  There are still a lot of leaves on the trees in places in spite of the recent strong winds.

Eastons Walk treeThe track along the top of the bank is one of my favourites at any time of year and I thought it looked very inviting today…

Stubholm track….but the increasing amount of rain persuaded me not to extend the walk along Gaskell’s and I dropped back down into the park.  The lichen on the park wall is growing all the time.

pixie cup lichen
It’s a jungle out there.  I wished that the light had been a bit better and that I had my macro lens with me.
lichen
This single stone in the wall was an art exhibition in itself
fern
The fern leaves are getting fruitier too.

The day didn’t get any brighter and I was soon back indoors.  In the evening, Sandy came to pick me up to go to the Archive Centre.  He has just had a short holiday in Oban and was unlucky that it coincided with some of the heaviest rain of the year there.  He was lucky however in that he did manage to avoid the worst of the landslips on the road home and arrive back safely.  You can see that the bad weather didn’t stop him from taking some nice pictures if you visit his account of the holiday here.

Our visit to the Archive Centre was a bit of a  complete waste of time as the internet connection stubbornly refused to work so we gave up and retired for a consolation glass of wine in the Eskdale before returning home for an early night.

The quality of the flying bird of the day shot is once again at the mercy of the grey clouds.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “Goodbye sunshine

  1. Make the most of your weather, Tom. I heard on the radio that we are in for our coldest winter of the last 100 years. I hope the long range forecast is incorrect.

  2. Your foliage looks splendid Tom! Ours has been ruined by ups and down temperatures, rain and very strong winds, that knocks down even the green leaves! 🙂

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