Today’s guest picture was taken by Venetia on her way home to Somerset. It shows Paddington at Paddington.
It was a day of mixed weather, emotions and variable activity. The sun was shining when Sandy rang me up after breakfast and suggested a visit to the Moorland Feeder hide. It is needless to say that the sun had gone in by the time that we got there.
Even in the shelter of the hide, it was miserably cold and the bird action was greatly limited by the appearance of a sparrowhawk so I took a couple of pictures…
…and I didn’t stay long, leaving Sandy peering out of the window and hoping for better pickings. (You can see how he got on if you click here or visit his blog.)
Apart from the cold, I had to be home in time to get ready to go to the funeral of one of our neighbours. The church was well filled for a rather sombre service for a chap who had been the life and soul of the party for all his life. He was a wonderful singer, actor, reciter, compère and raconteur and will be much missed.
A blackbird welcomed us home after the service.
After lunch, as the sun was shining, I went for a walk round the garden. The chilly morning had discouraged the frogs and there was only one to be seen and it ducked under the surface as I approached. The crocuses were easier to see…
…I set out for a cycle ride on my slow bike. Once again, it is needless to say that by the time I had gone three miles into a brisk and very chilly wind, the sun had disappeared and I was peppered by enough stinging rain to make me turn round and go home as quickly as I could. By the time that I had got home, the sun had come out again. It was that sort of day.
In spite of the rain stopping, the light wasn’t good enough to take good flying bird pictures…
There was just enough light for a sitting target.
Still, the sun stayed out long enough to tempt Mrs Tootlepedal out on her bike and we went up to Wauchope Schoolhouse. In a surprise meteorological move, it didn’t rain and the wind dropped a bit so we had a pleasant pedal.
I stopped on the way home to take a picture across the Wauchope with my phone.
In the evening, We were visited by Mike and Alison and Alison and I played not one but two new sonatas as well as a couple of more familiar pieces. Among the torrent of notes that ensued there were moments when definite music could be heard. This happened often enough for us to be happy with our evening’s work.
The wall has made excellent progress and a window is taking shape among an ever growing number of courses of blockwork. Sadly, because the men were working so hard and so continuously, I wasn’t able to get a good shot that reflected this. I will try tomorrow.
After yesterday’s sharp flying bird, I have got a rather dull one for today. Swings and roundabouts.