Today’s guest picture comes from a visit that my brother paid to Sheffield. It shows the Victoria Quay.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Edinburgh after breakfast and the brisk winds and heavy rain that she left behind made me quite happy to settle down to putting some weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. The good weather of the past few days had once again left me well behind in my schedule so this was not before time.
I interrupted the work once to investigate getting my new phone to work, This turned out to be relatively painless.
I discovered that I could ‘chat’ on-line with a disembodied being and he/she revealed that I needed to wait twenty four hours after putting in the sim card before it would work. It was as simple as that and I wondered why the email saying that my phone was ‘ready to go’ hadn’t revealed this but I assume that they think that everyone knows this already. Anyway, on the stroke of the twenty four hours, my phone worked. Hooray. Now there are just the 129 pages to read.
My other pause was to entertain Dropscone to a cup of coffee. He was in cheerful mood as he had played a good game if golf in windy conditions yesterday at a seniors tournament on a tricky course. His scones were good too.
I completed a couple of weeks of the index before lunch and finally the rain relented enough for me to get my camera out and walk round the garden…
…but it was too windy to spend time on flowers so I set the camera up to watch birds for a while instead.
Variety is the spice of life.
The young blackbirds were lurking about the garden again today.
At lunchtime, my new phone burst into life with a query from Sandy as to whether I was up for an outing. The forecast looked reasonable and the rain had almost stopped so we agreed on an excursion to Longtown for a walk along the river and round the ponds.
By the time that Sandy arrived (bringing a very nice home made carrot cake with him), the weather was looking up and we set off for Longtown in good spirits.
By the time Sandy had parked the car at Longtown…
When we started our walk, we met a striking yellow flower on the banks of the Esk…
There were signs of the turning of the season though.
The exception was a burst of Himalayan balsam….
There was plenty of water going down the Esk after the rain….
They are very handsome animals….
We settled for walking along the river bank and back.
Although we didn’t see anything particularly exciting, the walk itself was a great pleasure and the chance to stretch our legs after a morning of miserable weather was much appreciated. As always at a sunny moment, the bridge over the Esk looked wonderful.
During the day, my new phone had brought me the exciting news that Mrs Tootlepedal and Clare had taken Matilda for a walk. This, to coin a phrase, is a great step forward. This was not just a few faltering footsteps but a genuine adventure involving going up the street and down another one and across…and down…and up the street again. This was a journey of about 400 yards and from there to the World Championships can only be a matter of time now.
Mrs Tootlepedal had had to stand on her way to Edinburgh because the train was so full (we blame the Edinburgh Festival) but she got a seat on the way back and arrived home safely.
In the evening, I met Sandy again and we went to the Archive Centre. Sandy changed the window display (we show a selection of photographs from our archives for the interest of passers by) while I put the fourth week of the day into the database. This was a hard work for me as my typing is very erratic and I have to do endless corrections as I go along but it didn’t get me much further as the data miners had prepared another four weeks for me to take away so I was back where I had started after breakfast.
Still my new phone is working and I used it to take some of the pictures in today’s post so I am very content.
Although there was a moment on our walk when it looked as though we might have any amount of flying birds to photograph…