Today’s guest picture comes from Venetia. She saw this old wireless transmitting station and was amazed to find that it is on sale as a dwelling.
We had a day of variable weather, with a selection of wind, rain, hail, thunder and occasional sunshine. It was very cold too too and the combination of the wind, rain and chill kept me off my bicycle. To tell the truth, I am not feeling very perky at the moment and it will take quite an effort of will to get me back onto the bicycle unless the weather is a bit more friendly.
Meantime I was regaled with scones by Dropscone who came round for coffee and kept busy during the rest of the day by moving things back into the newly refurbished front room. As it has got to be kept tidy now it doesn’t leak any more, this has involved throwing away a lot of things which tended to lie about in heaps in the old room.
Because I have collected a large number of variously shaped leads over the years, it is sometimes very difficult to remember which leads go with which devices and I am sure that I have kept leads for ages which belong to devices which have long since gone to the scrapheap. Today I have probably thrown away leads which will turn out to belong to things that I still use. Time will tell.
I did have time to look out of the kitchen window too. After yesterday’s feast of bird life at Sue’s, it was rather quiet in out garden with mainly familiar faces.
There was a moment of joy after lunch when the electrician appeared and put the lights up on the walls in the front room. This is the final visit of the men responsible for the whole undertaking and the room is now in working order…though the lighting is a bit stark as Mrs Tootlepedal has yet to acquire new lampshades.
There is still work to be done such as rehanging pictures and buying a rug to cover the bare patch in the carpet which my computer chair has worn but out joy at the completion of the undertaking after pretty well exactly three months is unconfined.
I am sitting at the computer table as I write this and getting used to the eerie silence of a room without water dripping into a bucket.
While the electrician was working during the afternoon, there was a heavy shower with thunder but when it passed, a sunny interval appeared and I nipped out for an amble round Gaskell’s Walk before the next shower. It was hard to take in the bright blue sky after such gloomy day but it was very welcome all the same.
I had a quick check on one of the slow worm hides at Pool Corner to see if there were any signs of life after the cold mornings.
There were colourful sights nearby.
The saplings were not the only green things beside the path. After the rain, the moss was very vivid too.
When I got to the Stubholm, a large number of rabbits scurried across the path from the field into the woods as I came along. I will have to bring my zoom lens next time I come and try to capture a few. They were too quick for Pocketcam which had to settle for some stationary lichen on the park wall instead.
After tea, Susan appeared and drove me to Carlisle where we played recorders. There were only three of of us this week which gave us the chance to enjoy some of our less frequently played pieces and we got out a very varied selection of music from folk dances from Playford to a oogie woogie arrangement.
The forecast for the next few days is so miserable that I might have to put the slow bike back on the trainer in the garage but at least it should give us time to put the finishing touches to the front room so it is an ill wind etc etc.
The flying bird of the day is one of those keen chaffinches.