Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle correspondent and shows her daughter Hannah taking part in the Newcastle Vamos festival celebrating Latino music. What fun.
The wind was all that was forecast today (40-50mph) and sometimes it felt as though it was even stronger than that and we had worries about trees in the garden but the rain, after a wet start, was not anything like as bad as we feared and although there were showers, there was sunshine too.
The temperature had fallen to a feeble 10 degrees C and in the wind and rain, I had to wrap very well to go to the monthly producers’ market for supplies of fish and cheese.
In lieu of gardening or pedalling, we sat down to watch the tennis over lunch and in the early afternoon and the better conditions let me get out from time to time to see if there was anything new in the garden.
In general things were waving about so much that trying to take photos was not much fun so I went back in.
In the end we got bored and seeing a sunny spell, we resolved to go for a walk. After quite a bit of discussion about where to go to miss the worst of the weather, we settled for a walk along one side of the Tarras and back by the other mostly in woodland. With typical good timing, no sooner had we driven out of the town to get to our starting point than the heavens opened and rain and wind lashed the car. We parked at the Moorland feeders and waited for the storm to subside. It was gloomy.
After a while, it did brighten up but Mrs Tootlepedal had lost all confidence in the day and decided to go home. As the sun was shining when we got back to Langholm, I got her to drop me off at the Kilngreen while she went back to do some decorating. My plan was to do a two mile walk to take advantage of the sunshine and hide under big trees if it should rain on the way. This time the plan worked out beautifully and I was just beside some trees that were well supplied with thick foliage when it started to rain heavily.
The shower didn’t last long and I was soon on my way again.
The same tall wild flowers that Sandy and I had seen beside the Esk were growing beside the track today.
I walked along the top of the woods above the Castleholm….
…and came down at the North Lodge before walking back along the Esk. When the sun was out, everything was green.
As well as the bigger picture, there was some detail to enjoy as well.
The walk was a bonus and pretty well sheltered from the wind so in spite of the low temperature, it didn’t feel as cold as I had expected. Of course, having my big coat and a woolly hat on helped.
There was plenty of starling action again at the garden feeders but I thought that I probably had had enough starling pictures this week so I have put in a sparrow picture to show that there are other birds in the garden too.
Things are due to calm down a bit meteorologically tomorrow and then get warmer on Monday so I hope that cycling will be back on the agenda soon. Meanwhile, I am trying with only limited success to learn a song off by heart for tomorrow’s Carlisle choir practice. Thank goodness the conductor only wants one piece without the music in hand.
Today’s flying bird is an evening greenfinch among the flying insects.