Waving not drowning

Today’s guest picture comes from Mike Tinker.  He and his wife Alison were able to take a little time off from talking with their granddaughters on their recent visit to NZ to enjoy the sights.  The picture shows the Split Apple rock in the Abel Tasman National Park

Split Apple rock in the Abel Tasman National ParkAfter the warmth and light of yesterday, today presented a different aspect of Langholm’s weather patterns.

rainIt was very quiet after Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir while I put a venison stew into the slow cooker.  Eventually a lone chaffinch did turn up….

chaffinch…but fortunately, so did Dropscone (bearing scones).  After coffee and conversation and another hopeful look or two out of the window….

A little action at last…
…but mostly morose contemplation.

…I plunged into a hot bath in a successful effort to ease some of the aches out of my legs.

By the time that I got out, the rain had stopped but things were still rather soggy.

pulsatillatulipWhile I was outside, a chaffinch visited the feeder and gave me the opportunity to take a picture without the usual green background.

chaffinchBy the time that I was making some lentil soup for lunch, it had brightened up a bit and the feeder was busy again.

chaffinchThe goldfinches returned and soon started livening things up with some banter…

goldfinches…and some sky dancing with a chaffinch.

goldfinch and chaffinchAfter lunch, we were joined by fellow choir member Jeremy and we went off to Carlisle for our usual choir practice.  We were starting half an hour early this week, as the rail network has closed the railway through Lockerbie for several weeks for repairs and our choir master and accompanist, who usually come on the train from Glasgow, are having to catch a relief bus instead.  This makes their journey much longer and throws out the schedule as well.

Things were not helped this week by the first bus being full so that they had to wait for a relief, relief bus.  The driver of this bus got lost twice and made an unscheduled stop so they were half an hour late getting to the practice.  It is greatly to their credit that the conductor didn’t take any of his justified anger out on us and our accompanist played with all her usual skill and tactful support..

Fortunately while we were waiting, another choir member had the nous and the skill to give us a warm up and take us through a couple of the more straightforward pieces and when a conductor was needed as he had to concentrate on the piano part,  I modestly offered my services and waved my arms about, more or less in time with the music.

By dint of doing without our usual tea break, we managed in the end to have a full and useful session and we should be well prepared for a short concert in which we are involved on Friday.

When we got home, the venison stew was very tasty and as it was accompanied by rhubarb crumble, it rounded off the day very well.

The light was also good enough for me to catch another of those feisty goldfinches as flying bird of the day.

flying goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “Waving not drowning

  1. Wish to have your rain. We’ve only had one day this Spring with good rainfall. The fire danger here is already ‘extreme’. I pray we don’t have a smoky summer from fires in our area, however, we can become smoky from distant fires if the wind patterns bring it in.
    In my opinion, our robins have returned in larger numbers this year. I thought perhaps it only seemed so because following you and quietsolopursuits has heightened my focus on birds, but my mom agreed that there are more birds this year.

  2. The dancing birds photo is incredible!

    It’s pretty sad that a professional bus driver would get lost twice, especially after the passengers were delayed in the first place. I would think it only right if the company refunded most or all of the fares people paid.

  3. Like the other commenters I have to say how impressed I was by the sky dancing birds picture. What an amazing shot!
    Even though it was a bit miserable with the early rain, I admire the water droplets on the flowers shots too. They are very appealing.
    I’ve never eaten venison but am very fond of a nice hot stew in winter so it sounds delicious, especially followed up by rhubarb crumble. That is something I haven’t eaten since I was a child and visited a friend’s place.

      1. Having lived on huge cattle and sheep properties, I’ve seen the suffering that can go on with large scale production and transportation over long distances. That’s why I also prefer to source meat from local producers. You also know that the profit is not going into a multi-national company and often the local producer cares more about the environment too.

  4. Well done for stepping into the breach and becoming the temporary conductor – a most enjoyable experience I expect.

  5. I am always relieved when relief drivers are not needed. Almost constant weekend work on our local railway over the past few years has meant lots of bus journeys. Wonderful bird photography and I am impressed by that gorgeous orange-red tulip.

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