Today’s guest picture shows Mr Grumpy’s London cousin surveying the Serpentine. He caught my sister Mary’s eye.
I had to get up bright and early to take our car to the garage to get a new track rod fitted and the radio sorted so that it actually worked. It was a pleasant sunny day except for a chilly wind again. Although the temperature for the last few days has been quite springlike when you are in the sun, if the sun goes in or you catch the breeze, it has remained stubbornly cold.
My walk home was well sheltered. There are still very few birds in the garden so I was more than usually pleased to see a pair of blue tits today/
I had to go to the High Street on business just before lunch so I made the best of it by taking a camera or two with me and returning by way of the Kilngreen and the Castleholm. The black headed gulls are in their spring plumage and showing why they have got their name.
After lunch, I was intending to go for a cycle outing but I was overcome with tiredness and had to sit down for a snooze in a comfortable chair instead. After about an hour, I got up and went out into the garden, The recent warmer weather has made the grass grow on the back lawn so I got the hover mower out and gave it the first trim of the year. Parts of the middle lawn needed attention too and a quick sweep with a light push mower sorted that out.
Most of the front and middle lawn is covered in moss and we will need some really good growing weather before there is any grass to mow.
Mrs Tootlepedal pointed out a new primula.
I walked back to the garage and collected our car.
Since it was such a lovely afternoon and we had the car back, after we had had a cup of tea, we jumped into the car and went up onto the moor to see if we could see a short eared owl again.
The trip was worth it for the view up the Ewes valley alone.
We parked beside Kenny, a local wildlife enthusiast and member of our local camera club and he pointed out a female hen harrier just above the skyline. It was soon joined by another female and a male. The male then gave us a short but spectacular flying display designed to catch the eyes of the females.
Although they were too far above us for proper photographs, they were easily in range of our binoculars and very enjoyable to watch so we were pleased to have gone up to the moor in spite of not seeing the owl today. As a bonus, we did watch a merlin fly past us and settle on a rock further up the hillside.
We got home in time for my flute pupil Luke’s weekly lesson. He is taking his grade three exam this week and had been to a proper flute teacher a day or two ago for some last minute advice. He can play his pieces well but needs to put in some hard graft on his scales before Friday.
After tea, Sandy arrived to take me across to the last meeting of the year of the Liddesdale Camera Club. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the moon before we left. Having seen the moon cast its shadow on the sun on Friday, it seemed only fair to show the earth casting a shadow on the moon today.
The camera club meeting was to show the best pictures of the year and pick a champion print and digital image. I didn’t have any entries, having not done well this year but Sandy had several. In the event, almost all the prizes went to the same member and it must be admitted that he is perhaps more skilful and certainly takes much more trouble than the rest of us so he deserved his success.
Although I took technically better flying bird pictures today, this flying robin is still my pick for flying bird of the day.