Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia who is very proud of her pond’s first crop of tadpoles. She sent me a video of them wriggling but I thought it would be too exciting for the readers.
After yesterday’s busy day, I took things quietly today. I was helped by a very windy day which discouraged any thought of cycling and I managed a morning without doing anything more strenuous than drinking coffee with Sandy and Dropscone and putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.
It was very gloomy and drizzly at breakfast time so I cheered myself up by snapping some pretty flowers which my daughter Annie had sent Mrs Tootlepedal for Mothering Sunday. They have lasted very well.
Mrs Tootlepedal tells me that the yellow flower is a fancy buttercup.
I did look out of the window from time to time.
We had quite a bit of rain overnight and this had encouraged a quite a few birds to visit the feeder. Some were the usual suspects.
Mrs Tootlepedal had driven off to Lockerbie to catch the train to Edinburgh to visit Matilda. When she got there, she found that a broken down goods train had closed the line for an indefinite time so she decided reluctantly to come home again. As she managed to fit in a useful visit to a retail outlet on her way, she was less disappointed than she might have been.
She is working hard with a home made poultice to draw the ingrained soot residues out of our sandstone fireplace lintel. After lunch, I left her to this and went for a well sheltered walk round the Pheasant Hatchery and the Kilngreen. This modest two mile sunny but windy walk took me nearly two hours and it wasn’t because I was stopping to take a lot of pictures on the way.
I had my cameras with me but nothing much caught my eye which I hadn’t taken before. A recent post by the New Hampshire Gardener made me keep a look out for lichen on trees as well as my usual walls.
In the evening, I went up to the Archive Centre with Sandy and was pleasantly surprised to find that our internet connection was working very well. In fact it was working so well that Sandy and I put two weeks of the newspaper index into the database in double quick time. It helped that they were fairly light weeks as far as items of news were concerned.
The flying bird of the day is one of the goldfinches.