Today’s guest picture shows a friend that my sister Mary met while walking through the park this morning.
We had another grey and drizzly day today. It was unseasonably warm but this was little consolation in the face of the gloom spread by the heavy cloud cover.
Luckily there were scones to be eaten as Dropscone came round for coffee and we tried some Old Brown Java which I had bought in Carlisle yesterday.
Then there was supervising to do while parcels were wrapped by the only skilled parcel wrapper in the house and after lunch, I took the results up to the post office to send them off.
It was so gloomy, even at midday, that bird photos were hardly worth taking but luckily no interesting new birds appeared to add insult to injury.
I did click once or twice.
My walk to the post office was made more cheerful by the company of Sandy who had dropped in just as I was about to go. When I had posted the parcels, we continued our walk by strolling round the Castleholm and back by the Jubilee Bridge.
We were more intent on a little exercise than taking photographs and this was lucky because Sandy didn’t have a camera with him and the light was awful.
I had NewCam with me and took it out to record a tremendous show of catkins at the Lodge.
Nearby, I enjoyed this rather Alice in Wonderland gate in a hedge.
I did try to take a picture of a single catkin as well a bit later on but I had to have several goes before I could get anything other than a blur.
A shot across the normally vivid artificial grass at the school showed just how gloomy it was.
Sandy left me at the corner of the Scholar’s Field and took the direct route to his house while I took an indirect route to mine and walked through the wood above Eskdaill Street on one of the new paths that have been put in for the benefit of local walkers.
At the end of the path, I looked down at Wauchope Cottage across the roofs…
…and enjoyed the pattern made by the regular layout of the new town. Only the bare branches of the walnut tree show that there is a garden in there somewhere.
I had to move smartly as I walked the final few yards along Wauchope Street to avoid being run down by a phalanx of pushchairs.
The pushers, who have the future of the country in their hands, were remarkably cheerful considering the weather.
I put in a little flute practice when I got home, had a cup of tea and a slice of seedy bread when Mike Tinker dropped in and threw away most of the pictures which I had taken during the day.
Mrs Tootlepedal is in top culinary form at the moment and provided an absolutely delicious leek and cheese soufflé for out tea. I have never had this dish before but I hope to have it again.
In the evening, we went off the the Buccleuch Centre to see the annual community pantomime done by our youth theatre group…..oh no you didn’t….oh yes we did!
It was great fun with some excellent acting and jokes and a really well drilled chorus of children of all ages. The chorus danced and sang with plenty of gusto and tremendous discipline. They are a credit to the team that have put on the pantomimes over the last decade.
There must have been at least one slightly brighter moment in the day because I found a flying bird of the day.