Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce who has just visited the new Devil’s Porridge visitor centre at Eastriggs. It tells the story of the greatest factory on earth and the munitions workers who came to Gretna from throughout the Empire to support the war effort in the First World War. The devil’s porridge was cordite.
Mike and Frankie are going off to the north tomorrow and Granny is staying with us while they are gone.
The rest of the day can be briefly described. The morning was spent tidying up for the visitors and staring out of the window between times. I had no desire to go cycling because the wind was even stronger than usual.
The plum tree made a fine perch in the sunshine.
After an early lunch, I got a lift from fellow member Jeremy to go to a singing day with our Carlisle choir. A singing day is a four and half hour session in which detailed practice of some of our concert songs is mixed with sectional and small group sessions with a singing teacher. Our excellent teacher gave the tenors and basses some very good posture, breathing and warm up work and then, when I was in with a small group of three, some individual pointers.
The whole things was both enjoyable and educational and a mark of how seriously our conductor takes his work with the choir.
Mrs Tootlepedal had prepared a feast for our visitors who had arrived while I was away singing, and this rounded off one of the days which are definitely on the credit side of the great ledger of life.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch.