Today’s guest picture shows a late bit of autumn colour seen by my sister Mary in the early morning in Regent’s Park at the weekend.
It was another zero degree day here and I had to scrape ice from the car windscreen before I could perform the first and most important duty of the day.
Mrs Tootlepedal was off to the deep south to spend a few days visiting her mother and I drove her down to Carlisle to catch the train. We left in plenty of time to avoid any stress caused by slow tractors or obstructionist traffic lights and as a result of this precaution, needless to say, we had a completely stress free trip and arrived rather too early.
Still, it gave us time to make sure that the machine disgorged her pre-purchased tickets correctly and to bid each other a fond farewell. I didn’t stay to wave her off on the train because back in Langholm, Sandy was nobly doing my duty in the Information Hub.
He was remarkably cheerful when I eventually turned up. I had a quiet time when I settled in but the onset of some rain drove three people off the High Street and in to have a look round our camera club exhibition which helped to pass the time.
The rain eased off a little as I walked home and when I got there, I filled the feeders and retired indoors.
I had placed a few pellets on a bench beside the seed feeder and they attracted a rain speckled blackbird.
A jackdaw arrived to do some gentle neck stretching exercises…
…or possibly a quick check on where the rain was coming from and then a hard stare to say that it was probably my fault.
A wood pigeon looked on from a distance.
We had a visit from a great tit….
…which I saw later sharing a perch with a blue tit.
The blue tits are now such frequent visitors that they are becoming almost unremarkable.
First there was one today..
…and then there were two…
…and then there were three….
No that was it.
The afternoon was so gloomy and wet that I was even driven to downloading and filling up the forms that I need to send off to the charity regulator for the Archive Group so some good came out of a grey day.
Two visitors came in out of the rain. Mike Tinker dropped in for a cup of tea and to tell me that he has got Mrs Tootlepedal some of the sealant that she needs to go round the edge of her tiles and then my flute pupil, Luke, came for his weekly lesson.
We are working hard at the moment and I was very pleased to see that when he had a little difficulty with an intricate passage of notes, he sorted it out for himself by playing the section, unprompted by me, two or three times at a slower pace until he had solved the problem.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the readers who took the time to wish me a happy birthday. I was very touched.
I rounded off the day by having a big slice of my apple birthday cake with custard and was only sorry that I couldn’t share it with the cook.
The postman brought me a new camera today. Mrs Tootlepedal has kindly selected and purchased this for my birthday without even realising that she had done it. I am very grateful to her. Unfortunately. the forecast for the next few days is so miserable that I may not get much chance to use it. I might even have enough time to read the manual which would be a first.
The flying bird of the day is one of the blue tits battling bravely through the rain.