Today’s guest picture portrays a fine plate of butter tablet made by my older son to an ancient recipe for the festive season. I hope he keeps a bit for me.
With dawn at 8 o’clock and dusk at 4 pm, there are not many hours in the day at the moment and it certainly doesn’t help if half them are pouring with rain. We did get a moment of sunshine this morning…
…and a jackdaw popped in to pick up a pellet.
I took the chance to find a corner near the pond for my new friend…
…who has settled in very well and looks quite at home.
The sun didn’t last long and with low temperatures and a brisk wind, it wasn’t an attractive day for a pedal. I took a bird picture or two.
Luckily I had a very large challenging prize crossword with ten undefined clues with a single undisclosed link to help me fill the unforgiving hour.
The missing link turned out to be sixteen (as in 2016 I suppose) and the ten mystery solutions were all related to that number so after some heavy research, I now know that the Yellowhead Highway in Canada is designated as route 16 and the the F16 jet fighter is properly called the Fighting Falcon. Whether I am a better person for knowing these facts is open to question but it certainly passed the time.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I went out for a walk, hoping to get round Gaskell’s before any rain arrived. It was very gloomy as soon as the sun disappeared and we weren’t anxious to see how wet could get if we had mistimed our stroll so I didn’t stop for many pictures, just a token fungus and lichen near the start…
…and a moss and lichen combination on my favourite wall near the finish.
The lichens are certainly enjoying our weather.
In the garden at home there are signs of a premature spring…
…but as we are forecast to get some more winter like temperatures soon, these may be a false start.
The weather deteriorated in the afternoon and we took advantage of the continuous flow of holiday movies on the telly. I did manage to get myself off the sofa for long enough to put another week of the newspaper into the Archive Group database but in general it was another dull day. With a total lack of choirs and music groups over the holiday period and little opportunity for photographic outings, the holidays are not quite the same burst of jollity as they were when they provided a welcome break from work.
Still, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you who are kind enough to waste a little of your valuable time in following these daily meanderings, a very Happy New Year. May 2016 be all that you wish it to be (and a little more as well).
My new year wish is a) to get the ISO down below 2000 and b) to get a little sunburn.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch. He tweets ‘happy new year’ too.