Today’s guest picture shows the birthday present that we siblings gave my energetic brother. This little gadget will record his many, many steps. He should have hours of fun with it.
We had another -2° to +3°day but there wasn’t so much malice in the wind today so it felt more relaxed than yesterday. The repeated melting and freezing though is producing some nasty sheets of ice in unexpected places. Car parks tend not to be thoroughly cleared because if the owners clear most of a car park and someone slips on an uncleared part, the owners fear that they will be sued. In the world created by ambulance chasing lawyers, it now seems better for twenty old people to run the risk of slipping tight outside the Day Centre rather than just one or two in distant corners. Ho hum.
Our day started very promptly when a man came to pick up our insurance loan car before breakfast. Luckily we were up and about because we were expecting the preliminary work to begin on our end wall. With the front room cleared, it looked a bit depressed before they started….
The comings and goings involved in the work seemed to put the birds off even more than usual and there was hardly a chaffinch or a goldfinch to be seen. In fact in a reasonable length of time staring out of the window, I only saw three birds so today I am going to show you all that I saw.
A robin approached the seed feeder by degrees.
It hardly looks like the same bird but I can assure you that it is.
Beneath the feeder, a dunnock tripped through the snow.
The sole chaffinch representative posed on the chimney pot.
I shall have to find out whether any other local bird feeding enthusiasts are experiencing the same dearth or whether it is just me. Mike Tinker says that they have been visited by a pair of bullfinches. This is a mixed blessing because although they are very handsome birds, they tend to eat all the flower buds off their ornamental cherry tree.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off to a church choir practice and while she was away by coincidence, the minister dropped in for coffee. As he is a man of religion, I shared half my last hot cross bun with him.
Before and after the minister’s visit, I put a week of the newspaper index into the database and I am finally catching up with the data miners. If I can do two more weeks before Thursday, I will be there.
In the afternoon, Mike very kindly drove me across to Dumfries so that I could see my knee surgeon. He was very happy with the progress of his work and he gave me the go-ahead to do what I like with my new knee. This is a great relief because up to now, when my knee was sore after exercise (which it often was), I had been afraid that I might be damaging the new joint. He tells me that it will remain sore and swollen for some time but that I can’t damage it by normal exercise. I am free to cycle but sadly, the weather is against me and that pleasure will have to wait until the ice has gone.
As we drove back from Dumfries, we called in at the body shop where our battered car is resting but they were too short handed to answer my questions and I will have to wait for a phone call before I see whether we will get it back. Interestingly the receptionist told me that I would get a different quote for the repairs than the one they gave the insurance company. I wait with interest to see whether it is higher or lower.
After a rewarding visit from my flute pupil Luke and another delicious meal provided by my resident cheffe, Sandy picked up me, my computer and our digital projector and we went to the Day Centre for the monthly meeting of the Langholm Camera Club. Our theme was portraits and street photography and we got an excellent selection of pictures from India via Madagasgar, Gambia and Edinburgh to more local scenes and faces.
A very satisfactory turnout of eighteen enthusiasts, ranging from point and shoot travellers to keen image makers ensured that advice was available when asked and demonstrations were given when necessary. It was hoped when it was started that the club would be friendly and welcoming for beginners and interesting for experienced shooters as well and it looks as though it it turning out to be just that.
Owing to a chronic lack of birds, there are no flying feathers today.