Today’s guest picture comes from my son Tony who must be paying a visit to the Trossachs as he has sent this charming picture of Loch Lubnaig.
I started with a visit to the producer’s market at the Buccleuch Centre where I stocked up on meat, fish, honey and cheese and then got home in time to entertain Dropscone to a cup of coffee or two.
He arrived with a good sized pile of drop scones and explained that he had found that he had a milk surplus at home which accounted for the drop scone mountain. We managed to render the mountain invisible without too much difficulty and he went on his way with some apples in return.
The chilly weather hadn’t put off the bees, though there weren’t nearly as many today as there had been in the sunshine, but it had encouraged birds to get a good feed…..
I was thinking about going out for a cycle ride in the afternoon but a certain lethargy and the dull weather tempted me into watching the World Cup rugby on the telly instead. The first match, Japan vs Samoa was a great treat as Japan’s only intention seems to be to play rugby as it ought to be played. The second match, Scotland vs South Africa made me wish that I had gone cycling as South Africa controlled the match from start to finish and Scotland played without inspiration and lost.
My mood was as subdued as the weather. I wasn’t made much more cheerful by a phone call telling me that my bid to become conductor of the Brampton Community Choir had fallen on stony ground and failed. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t as gloomy about this as I might have been, as the choir meets on the same night as our Langholm Choir which I would have had to give up. I think, having met the Brampton committee and the choir, I might have found the post quite stressful. and since the Langholm choir has acquired a very competent conductor, I will happily continue to sing with them.
A passing butterfly brightened my day a bit….
…and I cheered myself up a bit more by sieving some excellent quality compost.
I looked at the flowers while the day was bright.
I have purchased a new feeder pole and my plan is to move it round the middle lawn during the autumn and winter months so that the lawn beneath it will get regularly fertilized by visiting birds. It is a bit exposed for small birds but, after keeping a watching brief for a while…
Larger birds arrived incognito.
The flying bird of the day turned out to be a jackdaw when the incognito was revealed.