Today’s guest picture, taken by my brother, shows Mr Grumpy’s Dutch cousin spotted in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
I had a quiet but entertaining morning, While Mrs Tootlepedal went off to a church choir practice, I stayed in in case I was need for any building consultations . It turned that there was no need for consultations but I was kept entertained when I was visited by the first cyclist of the day.
This was Dropscone, who had been round the morning run in dry but breezy conditions. We had a cup or two of Old Brown Java coffee and one of Mrs Tootlepedal’s drop scones. Dropscone was in cheerful mood as not only had he gone round the morning run in a reasonable time but he had also played golf well in Saturday’s competition.
After he left, I took the Kangoo up to the garage to get a new tyre fitted as one of the rear tyres had only just squeaked through the recent MOT. Then I strolled home, catching up with Mrs Tootlepedal as she came out of the church.
We hadn’t been at home long before the second visiting cyclist of the day arrived. This was Sandy, who had been for his first ride of the new season. He stopped for a cup of tea and we arranged to meet in the afternoon.
As the wall workers had finished their tasks, a number of other speedy visitors arrived while Sandy was sipping his tea.
I got modified approval. She was pleased with my general progress but I need to do much more work to strengthen my quads on the affected leg (I hope that cycling will help there) with more regular exercises. I also need to work harder on straightening my knee out and do some regular calf muscle stretching. All this means that I shall have to concentrate hard over the next few weeks to make sure that I don’t get overconfident and stop working before the leg is fully functioning.
I have long standing tendonitis in my ankle which has been getting painful lately and I got some advice on that. The main thing is to ease off on walking until the pain goes down. As I need to exercise my knee, I have been walking quite a bit so I will have to cut back on that and do static exercises more instead. Luckily she thinks that cycling will not be harmful so I am hoping for warm days and calm winds.
I picked up the car with its new tyre and got home in time for lunch and a quick look out of the kitchen window. The chaffinches were still flying in.
As arranged, Sandy came down after lunch and we went off to visit the Moorland Bird feeders. As usual when we go to watch birds, the sun went in and it started raining. This would have put paid to our visit in times past but now thanks to the new bird hide, we were able to sit under cover and wait until the rain stopped. Sandy took a picture of the watcher watching the birds.
There were great tits and blue tits in abundance but just the occasional coal tit to be seen.
There were several visits from a woodpecker but it was reluctant to come within close range of my lens.
We had a lot of fun watching a pheasant finding a way to get at some seeds which were not meant for her.
But we hadn’t so we didn’t.
I took the rest of the day easily to look after my ankle until it was time to pop outside twice, once to admire a developing sunset…
In the evening, I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel and it was an excellent way to end a useful and interesting day.
The flying bird of the day was not the best flying picture that I took but it was the most unusual.