Today’s guest picture shows some friends which my Newcastle correspondent Fiona met in Malta.
After a chilly night, there was just enough rise in the temperature to get me out on the bike while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir. There was a chilly wind and I was back into my multi-layered winter gear again. I wasn’t in the mood to climb any hills today so I settled for three laps of the seven mile trip to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back. I met Dropscone, who had evidently got up earlier than me, just finishing his 21 mile morning tum as I was going out for mine.
It took me the first seven miles to get going properly but after that, I managed the second and third laps at a reasonable speed and got home at much the same time as Mrs Tootlepedal returned from church. I beat her by a few minutes though and had time to watch a good number of bees working hard to make plums for me.
After a cup of coffee, we set about the chief business of the day which was relaying the carpet in the front room. This turned out to be easier than I expected (possibly because Mrs Tootlepedal did all the skilled work).
After the carpet came the two most important bits of furniture in the room, the keyboard and the computer desk.
In the garden, the tulips were not impressed by the cold morning….
The azaleas are looking promising and if they survive the promised sub zero temperatures tonight, should be out soon.
We just had time to finish laying the carpet and moving the furniture before it was time to go off to Carlisle to sing with the Community Choir there. Our conductor and pianist were delayed by train troubles on their way down from Glasgow but we got going after a while and had another good session.
We enjoyed the fine weather for the drive home and when we got back, I chased after some tulips which had recovered from the cold morning….
Mrs Tootlepedal picked some rhubarb and flowers and with these suitably bundled up, we set off for an evening meal with Mike, my cello playing friend and his wife Anne. The company included the third member of our trio, Isabel with her husband and also Scott, the minister and his wife. The meal was excellent and the company congenial and it rounded off a very good day.
The laying of the carpet signifies a return to normality in our household arrangements after a month of recovering from the knee operation followed by two months of the end wall improvement. There is still more to be done but Mrs Tootlepedal was mightily pleased by the day’s work.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch with its wings in full use.