Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Jennie, my New Zealand correspondent. She is rubbing in the point that as we here head to autumn and winter, the first rays of spring sunshine are seeping into her kitchen over there. The freesias are out in her garden.
In spite of the onset of autumn, we had a dry and calm morning here and while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to a church choir practice, I was able to enjoy a 27 mile circular bike ride. The day was rather grey, I was trying quite hard and the route was familiar so I didn’t stop to take any pictures.
When I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal was doing a little gardening but I had no time to join her as I had to have a shower and lunch before going off to do my regular stint in the tourist information office. Before I went, I just had time for a quick glimpse out of the kitchen window…..
It flew away.
On the new feeder, the blue tits were busy….
I had a busy time at the tourist office. For the first hour, I was helping Margaret, the centre organiser, put new light bulbs into the ceiling tracks to provide illumination for exhibitions. This proved far from intuitive but in the end we got it done. The next hour was spent dispensing advice to a steady stream of tourists.
I had arranged with Sandy to meet up when the office closed and go for a walk but very unfairly, it started to rain just before I locked up and the walk had to be postponed.
When I got in, Mrs Tootlepedal was making runner bean chutney and I was sent out for more vinegar. The rain was only light when I returned so in lieu of my walk with Sandy, I had a quick stroll round the garden.
There is some late flowering going on. The perennial nasturtium has lots of flowers….
I had to prepare some music for my flute pupil Luke so I had no time to waste and after he had come for his lesson, I had a quick tea and went off to play trios with Isabel and Mike. I was playing my flute tonight and this is a lot harder work than a recorder but they are very patient and give me time for a breather between numbers.
So in spite of a grey morning and a wet afternoon, I managed a pedal and a tootle so it must be counted as one of those days on the credit side of the great ledger of life.
I found a flying bird too but it is not a great picture.