Facing the music

Today’s first guest picture comes from Muriel, the leader of the Mrs Tootlepedal’s church choir, who was at our concert on Friday in Canonbie where she took this photograph of us.

choir at canonbieThe second guest picture comes from Luke’s mum who took this picture of her talented child at Eskdalemuir yesterday.

Tom and LukeThe musical weekend continued today as Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing with the church choir.  I was silent for once as I put a week of the newspaper index into the database while she was out.

It was very windy again and as we had still got a lot of singing to do, once again I let the chance of a cycle ride slide away from me.  I really will have to pull myself together soon but some less busy weeks are coming up so I hope for the best.

The day was much better than the forecast as far as rain went so I strolled round the garden. Some new flowers are about.

geum
This geum is a cheat though as Mrs Tootlepedal bought it at a plant fair on Saturday
aquilegias
The columbines are coming along at last.

As well as a bit of colour, there is quite a lot of white.

whiteStill, in general things are at a standstill and waiting for a warm day so there was not much to get excited about.

A blackbird was very calm as I walked up to it.

blackbirdOn the other hand a sparrow which was perching in a gutter at the top of the house was getting very excited indeed.

sparrowWe had an early lunch and set off for Carlisle to combine some shopping with a practice with our other choir there.  We have got a concert coming up in two weeks with them so we were working hard to get some polish into our programme.  We would make more progress if we could remember to do what we had learned in the previous weeks without having to be taught it again but I suppose that must be true of many choirs.  Our musical director is very patient.

We had time for a light meal and a couple of garden pictures when we got back….

tulip
Possibly the last sighting of a tulip this year.
lawn
And an almost complete absence of colour at the far end of the lawn.
foliage
We are having to make do with foliage.

…..before we set off for Westerkirk for our Langholm Choir concert there.  The church is set in an idyllic spot…

Westerkirk Church…beside the river Esk.

Bentpath BridgeAnd although it has a slightly forbidding entrance…

Westerkirk Church…it has been redecorated very nicely inside…

Westerkirk Church…and is light and airy.  The audience eventually outnumbered the choir but was not as large as the audience at Canonbie on Friday.  The choir gave their best again though and the audience was very appreciative.  The two Langholm Sings concerts went as well as could have been expected and I feel sure that we will visit both of the venues again.

It has been a hard working weekend but enjoyable.

In a complete contrast to yesterday, the flying bird of the day is a streamlined goldfinch.

goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “Facing the music

  1. I grew up with the Beatles but have always liked bands with flutes like Van Morrison, the Moody Blues and of course Jethro Tull. I wonder if Luke ever listens to rock flute players. Probably best if he doesn’t.
    The columbines have a beautiful rich color, and so do the landscape shots.

  2. Loved the guest pictures, you playing the flute reminded me of Uncle B! Glad the concert went OK even if there weren’t quite so many in the audience this time.

  3. What a wonderfully musical couple of days! I do like the sparrow in the guttering – we’re attempting to dissuade a (very) extended blackbird family from nesting in our ceiling space which they access through the guttering…they are very persistent though.

  4. That’s a clever picture of the goldfinch! Your countryside is very pretty. Lovely church pictures as well. How delightful it would be to hear your choir sing.

  5. What a feast of music. Very nice to have photographs of the participants.
    Westerkirk looks beautiful.

  6. I do hope your weather warms up soon. We had such a dreary, cold Sunday with driving rain throughout the day. Brrrr!! Congratulations on so many fine concerts! It’s nice when the venue has charm and architectural interest and is not just cold and sterile. The setting of the church was very lovely.

  7. Nice to see a photo of young Luke, about whom we have read so much. (And his partner in crime, or course!)

  8. I’m glad that the concert went well for you! As much as I’ve enjoyed your photos of Langholm, I think that I’d like to live in Westerkirk even more, what a pretty settings for a town!

    1. Its hardly a town in the conventional sense, more of a tiny village with a surrounding area of farmland. But Mrs Tootlepedal said the same thing as you when we drove away last night.

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