Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. Although a cat lover, she was rather taken by Beethoven when she met him a couple of days ago. As a musician, she might have been influenced by his name of course.
The day started off in a chilly but sunny manner and I was wakened by the clatter of scaffolding poles. I went out to find that the scaffolding men had removed the top layer of our house coat and revealed the early stages of the new chimney pot.
Although it was sunny, rain was forecast and fortunately one of the builders turned up and wrapped the chimney up before the rain came.
Dropscone also appeared before the rain. He brought a hoard of hot cross and Chelsea buns with him which put the kibosh on my Mediterranean diet almost before the day had started. He came by bike and had to scoot home before the rain started to really pelt down.
There weren’t many birds about and considering the weather, it was surprising that there were any at all.
I made use of the rainy day to practice Mozart’s Requiem. I have rashly agreed to sing this with a friend at one of these one day scratch performances next month. I may well have bitten off more than I can chew but the internet offers all sorts of assistance with practice so I will do my best.
In the afternoon, Eric, a fellow tenor from our Langholm choir, came down and we put in some useful time working through the trickier tenor parts of our repertoire. It is at moments like this that I wish that I had had the patience to stick in at my piano lessons when I was young.
Still we enjoyed ourselves and when we met again at the choir in the evening, there were definitely pieces where the practice had paid off.
By the time that Eric left, the sun had appeared again and it was a pleasant if chilly day. The brisk wind discouraged me from cycling so after a quick walk round the pond…
…I set out for a walking tour of the Kilngreen. There was no sign of Mr Grumpy, the heron and not a single gull was to be seen either. The resident ducks were very much in evidence and I very nearly got a good picture of one in flight.
I walked home via the Castleholm, where I got a clue as to why the birds have been scarce in the garden recently.
The skies clouded over and spots of rain made me reluctant to linger so I tucked my cameras under my coat and upped my pace.
I was nearly home when the sun came out again so I slowed down and extended my walk up to Pool Corner.
I found another rather pretty blue lichen on the wall beside the pool.
After our tea, Mrs Tootlepedal and I went off to the Langholm Sings practice. The choir is getting better organised all the time and it is also sounding better so the practice was rewarding and satisfying.
There is a pause in the building works while we wait for a plumber to some lead work on the new chimney but we hope that work will start again in a couple of days.
The flying bird of the day was an oyster catcher at the Kilngreen.