Today’s guest picture shows the Mermaid in Rye. The picture was taken by my sister on a recent visit to this ancient town on the south coast of England. It must be one of the prettiest inns in the country.
We had another chilly and windy day with alternating sunshine and showers. I found a sunny spell after breakfast and went out for a dull three lap, 20 mile ride up and down the Wauchope road, with the intention of running for home if the rain started and avoiding the worst of the wind at the same time.
I was partially successful and only got rained on for a short time on the third leg of the trip. As I could see blue sky following on behind the rain, I persevered and was soon through the shower. It was lucky that it was a short shower as the temperature dropped and the wind gusted heavily as it passed over. As it was, the wind was strong enough to add five minutes to my time over the same course yesterday.
I had enough energy when I got back to drink the cup of coffee that Mrs Tootlepedal had made with expert timing against my return and then take a walk round the garden in the sunshine.
In spite of the rain, hail, snow and wind, there is still quite a bit of colour to be seen.
On the down side, the grass on the lawns is going to pot and I doubt that my back would stand up to the work necessary to get them back in order. I shall have to give up the dream of a perfect sward. Perhaps a wild flower meadow is beckoning?
The rest of the morning was spent having a relaxing bath in an effort to get some of the stiffness out of my legs and shoulders. It didn’t have much effect but I enjoyed the soak.
I noticed an infrequent visitor on the feeder when I came down.
I tried and failed to get a flying pigeon picture.
I was intending to make some carrot soup for lunch but I had spent so long lounging in the tub that we went off to a garden centre to try their home made soup instead. Mrs Tootlepedal bought some herbs and some beetroot seedlings while we were there and we investigated their logs for our new stove.
It was raining heavily when we got home so we spent useful time getting some of the things that were moved out of the two rooms for the building works back in to them again. Some things are being placed elsewhere in the house and quite a lot is going into the bin in the effort to have a tidy as well as a dry room downstairs.
When the rain stopped, I nipped up to the Moorland bird feeders to see what I could see.
Action was slow to get going but I am more patient than I used to be and the hide is very snug on a cold and windy day so I waited and was rewarded by a visit from a greater spotted woodpecker which came very close to the hide.
I thought that it deserved a head and shoulders portrait.
…and several chaffinches. They arrived with another rain shower.
When I got back, I helped Mrs Tootlepedal put lampshades on the wall lights in the front room and looked through the thirty woodpecker pictures that I had taken (and the thirty chaffinch pictures).
In the evening, we both went off to sing with our local choir, Langholm Sings. We have two ladies who are sharing the job of musical direction for the choir and they are settling into to the job very well so we had a good two hours with plenty of work and some useful progress. I have the good fortune to sit beside a young music student with a fine voice. He keeps me right and as a bonus, covers up any little mistakes of mine very well.
The flying bird of the day is a garden chaffinch taken in one of the gloomy moments of the day.