Today’s guest picture shows the River Trent at Burton-on-Trent. My brother Andrew took the picture while visiting the town.
We had another pleasantly warm but very grey and gloomy day. Luckily, we had plenty to keep us occupied. Dropscone brought round some of his traditional Friday morning treacle scones to go with a cup of coffee or two and when he left, Mrs Tootlepedal and I settled down and did our tax for 2014-15. It has got a lot simpler since we retired from the B&B business so we were able to get it finished before lunch…and have time for a walk round the damp garden.
After lunch, I walked up to the town to post the tax envelope, deliver the heritage DVDs which I copied last night to the Information Hub (as the tourist office is rather grandly called now) and drop off a begging letter for Archive Group funding to a local charitable trust.
Once home, Mrs Tootlepedal declared herself ready for a cycle ride in spite of the ever present threat of rain but I fancied a walk so we went our separate ways. It remained dry for some of our outing and didn’t rain hard enough to get us really wet when it did start so we chose a good moment.
My walk took me onto the Kilngreen where I came upon Mr Grumpy surrounded by a very large flock of ducks.
I managed to sidestep them though and continued my stroll up the Lodge Walks.
There were some fungi to be seen.
I crossed the Castleholm past this tree which looks as though it is imploring heaven to be kind to it.
I was hoping for wild raspberries but either the crop was poor or some greedy so and so had beaten me to it and eaten them all. There less edible fruits to admire.
Alongside the school playing field there are a set of trees that make you look twice.
There were a couple of bright moments to offset the gloom, one among the wild flowers beside the path….
I took a moment to watch the bird feeder.
The grey weather is set to continue tomorrow but I hope to be able to have a more active day if I can persuade myself to get up and go. This is by no means something to bet the house on.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch. It came out better than the day deserved.