Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my neighbour Gavin and shows the harbour at Crail on the east coast where he is on holiday. We have booked a holiday cottage nearby for next April and I can guarantee that the weather won’t be this nice then.
It was a day of perfect autumn weather, crisp in the morning, pleasantly warm in the afternoon and cooling down as the evening wore on. There was not a cloud in the sky all day and the conditions above the town were such that passing aircraft were not leaving vapour trails to spoil the blueness.
After putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database, I spent the morning entertaining first Sandy to a cup of coffee when he had finished filling the Moorland bird feeders and then Dropscone, when he had finished a few holes of a golf with a friend.
In between times, I walked round the garden enjoying the colour in the sunshine.
The were several peacocks and red admirals about, the first time that there have been a lot of butterflies in the garden this year.
The Michaelmas daisies and the sedum were the two favourite attractions but almost anything that was out had a visitor or two.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help with the driving for the disabled and I watched the birds for a while.
I have put some tasty morsels into the new covered feeder and they are being eaten but never when I am watching so I was pleased to see these two at the other feeder.
A dunnock crept around under the feeder…
Things are definitely running to seed on all sides…
I had Pocketcam (Nikon J1) with me and it has an ingenious mount so that I can attach my DSLR lenses to it and get a vastly increased zoom. The fine weather gave me a chance to try this out. I put my 70-300mm lens on the mount and looked down towards the town….
I was quite impressed. I would need a tripod and delayed shutter release to get the best out of it but it obviously has great possibilities. I looked east and west.
The monument is just under 2km away and the windmills are 3½km off. It amuses me that some people can regard the monument to a colonial administrator in India with equanimity while being appalled by some elegant renewable energy devices. (They weren’t generating any electricity today though.)
Although the sky was cloudless, the views were a bit hazy but I did my best. I used the zoom again, out…
I walked back down and took a shot on my way with Pocketcam with its own 10-30 lens on.
I was just thinking that whatever the charms of the walk were, a lot of wild flowers were not among them when a splash of colour caught my eye. It turned out not to be a wild flower though but my friend Tom, taking a little fresh air after a morning conducting mock interviews with fourth year school pupils.
I exchanged greetings with him and made my way home via Gaskell’s Walk. Tucked away in a little valley with no cooling breeze, the heat was considerable and I was glad to get back into the cool of the house.
I went up to the town to do a little business and when I got back Tom appeared with some coffee beans. He had inadvertently picked them up while shopping, not realising that they were beans so I ground them up for him and recommended buying a grinder of his own so that he could always have freshly ground coffee at home.
Mike Tinker dropped in and was impressed by the great bumble bee collection on the sedum. We keep on being told that our bees are declining in numbers so perhaps they have all come to our garden this week.
Mrs Tootlepedal returned from her pony driving and claimed to have seen a cloud in the south as she drove home. We didn’t believe her.
In the evening, I went off with Sandy to do some work at the Archive Centre and with the internet connection working well, we got quite a lot done.
The forecast says that our spell of good weather may be coming to an end in a day or two but it has been great while it has lasted and I apologise for the flood of pictures it has unleashed on you long suffering blog readers. Things should calm down soon.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.