Today’s guest picture was taken by Santa Claus. She is visiting us at the moment and brought our Christmas presents up with her. She was so anxious to see our faces when we opened them, that we were given special dispensation to tear off the paper 25 days early. She wasn’t disappointed with our reaction.
It was just as well that we had this generous gift to bring some light into our life because there was precious little in the way of any light at all outside as we ‘enjoyed’ another excessively gloomy and wet morning.
I did look out to see if the rain had stopped from time to time and saw a welcome visitor to the feeder.
We had been promised a warm front and true to the prediction the temperature which was 4 degrees C at breakfast, rose 3 degrees in half an hour at lunchtime and then continued to climb until it was 13 degrees when I went to Carlisle in the evening.
The rain stopped as the temperature went up and I out out some pellets for the jackdaws.
There were the usual queues.
For the second day running we got a dry afternoon, although there was no sign of the sun today. Still, it was very pleasantly warm so we went out for a quick walk round Gaskell’s.
The zero temperature yesterday doesn’t seem to have affected the lichen on the park wall…
…though the recent strong winds have had an effect nearby.
We kept a wary eye for more falling trees as we walked up the track to the Stubholm.
There was plenty of water about, coming off the hill…
…and rushing down the valley below.
I was very surprised to see some fresh fungus poking out from a covering of moss on a log beside the track. Maybe the moss had protected it form the cold.
Annie (a.k.a Santa) was busy with her camera too and posed Mrs Tootlepedal in the middle of the road for an artistic shot…
…and luckily avoided being run over by any log lorries while she was doing it.
When we got home, the ladies spotted some fresh fungus on our front lawn.
The plant world must be baffled by our changeable weather.
Later in the afternoon, our front room filled up with tenors when four of our section in the Langholm Sings choir gathered for a secret and much needed practice. We have a concert on Friday and we need all the help that we can get.
In the evening, I went off to Carlisle with Susan in her car and we had a very enjoyable session of recorder quartets, ending with a rousing version of Alexander’s Ragtime Band….and some excellent chocolate biscuits to go with our post-playing cup of tea.
I spent some time during the day installing Windows 10 on my back up laptop and some more time taking it off again.
The flying bird of the day is a shadowy jackdaw, the best that could be achieved on a very grey day.