The guest picture of the day is a sunrise over the Thames captured by my daughter on her phone while walking to work yesterday.
Like the weather, I started slowly while Mrs Tootlepedal rushed hither and yon, first to help with recording a reading of our local paper for the blind, then to get a key for the Embroiderers’ Guild meeting tomorrow and finally to go off to Carlisle to catch a train to visit Matilda. I was worn out just sitting there watching her come and go.
I did look out of the window though.
I pulled myself together though after Mrs Tootlepedal left and got the fairly speedy bike out and went for a double ten mile trip to the bottom of Callister and back. It was warm enough (10°C) and the wind was light enough to make pedalling a pleasure and I idled along searching for interesting things as I went.
The trees round Wauchope Schoolhouse are disappearing by the day and they have got a tree eating machine on the job now.
I went inside to have a cup of coffee and a go at the crossword and managed to click the remote for the camera which was standing at the window from time to time. The increasing sunshine had not been matched by any increase in affability among the avian fraternity.
After lunch I was visited by Gavin. He has a laptop so refined and thin that it doesn’t have a VGA port which means that he can’t use it with a digital projector without purchasing an additional lead, costing about £8 an inch. He was hoping to borrow one of my clunky laptops to show a Power Point presentation on Monday but as I don’t have Microsoft Office (Bill Gates is already rich enough) on my computer, I wasn’t able to help him. Luckily Mike Tinker had both the computer and the software to help out and I will be able to watch the presentation when I go to the launch of the new Langholm Walks Portfolio on Monday.
After Gavin left, I got out the slow bike and two cameras and went on a little tour to take advantage of the sunny afternoon.
I started at the Kilngreen where I was hoping to see Mr Grumpy. He was on other business and I had to make do with the resident ducks and gulls.
I cycled round the perimeter of the Castleholm without seeing too much although I liked this small toadstool growing out of a mossy branch beside the river…
Although it was barely four o’clock by the time that I got home, the light was already gone and I put the cameras away.
I had to keep a close watch on my watch because I was due to catch a bus to Carlisle where I would meet Mrs Tootlepedal off a train. I managed to present myself at the bus stop in plenty of time and was there at the station to meet the returning grandmother.
We had an appointment with a choir practice for a massed choir event in Carlisle next weekend but had left enough time for a quick meal at an Italian restaurant near the station first. The food was good and the practice was useful but we were still pleased to arrive home at the end of quite a busy day for both of us.
The flying bird of the day is another of the Kilngreen black headed gulls.