Today’s guest picture, from my sister Mary, shows Mr Grumpy’s London cousin contemplating the poor quality of Christmas presents that he received this year.
From a photographic point of view, today was a washout being grey from start to finish but from the point of view of not raining, it was the very reverse, being dry all day.
As a result, I went for a 20 mile cycle ride after breakfast in my outdoor gym but didn’t take any pictures. The wind was noticeable but not severe and as it was blowing me up the gentle hill and in my face on the way back down on my three lap trip, I got the chance to pedal very steadily over the whole session….and felt very good as a result.
I had a quick look at some jackdaws when I got back. They were either making quick dashes for a pellet on the grass…
….posing on the feeder stand….
…or arranging themselves at very regular intervals on a wire, possibly humming Leonard Cohen songs.
Then it was time to walk up to the health centre for my annual asthma check. Since I had just pedalled twenty miles, the nurse thought that I was probably doing all right and I was sent off with a gold star.
I made some leek and potato soup for lunch and then we settled down to wait for the promised delivery of our impending parcel. A look at the website told us that it was due between half past two and half past five but as the website also seemed to tell us that the parcel was in a van in Stranraer, over 100 miles away, we weren’t very optimistic.
While we waited, the birds waited too. The end of the bench outside the kitchen window was a popular spot.
We waited. Mrs Tootlepedal embroidered and I put in some singing and tootling practice…..and we waited.
A dunnock waited too.
Nothing much happened. It was another quiet day in the Tootlepedal household.
I made some sourdough bread which is on its second rise at I write this.
It is very quiet.
I looked at the weather forecast. It says it is going to rain all day tomorrow with 40 mph gusts. I wished that I hadn’t looked.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.