Today’s guest picture shows an ancient vehicle which my sister Susan saw the other day. It was waiting to make an appearance in front of some film cameras.
My recovery from my cold continued today with a lot less coughing and spluttering to be heard. If this goes on, I will have to stop moaning too.
The weather has remained cold and grey but it hasn’t been windy or rainy which is letting things dry out a little.
After lunch, I even ventured out for a short walk while Mrs Tootlepedal did some maintenance gardening.
In spite of the chilliness, the snow has almost all disappeared while I have been moping around indoors…
…and the sunlit snowscapes of last Sunday are just a memory.
Still, the light winds and ice free paths made walking very tolerable and I enjoyed my outing. The moles on the Kilngreen have been very active too…
…and there must have been more than a hundred molehills in the narrow strip of grass beside the river. (Though not quite enough to build a mountain of course.)
There were plenty of black headed gulls about too. Some on fence posts on the far bank and some on the grass on my side of the river…
…and some flying from one side to the other.
I didn’t want to push my luck by staying outside in the raw air for too long so I didn’t look about much for things to photograph but a tree stump caught my eye.
On one side it was rich and mossy….
…while on the other side it was more severe and had lichen.
It is surprising what a different aspect the same stump can have according to how much light falls on it.
I got home in good order from my mile long adventure and I felt so good that I did a tentative five minutes on the bike to nowhere in the garage at a very low resistance to round off my exercise for the day.
Mrs Tootlepedal gave up her gardening when I got back on account of having frozen fingers but was able to point out the first potential snowdrop of the year before going in.
There was still enough light to look out of the window but not enough to catch a flying bird.
I sat down and put another week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database so at least my cold has had the beneficial side effect of getting me to catch up on the backlog of data.
I was looking back at some January posts from previous years to check to see if it had snowed at this time of the year (it had) and I was much struck but how similar the posts are pictorially to the the ones in the same month in subsequent years.
I took these catkins today on my walk today….
…and these on a walk four days later two years ago.
I must try to get out of the town a bit more.
Meantime, one of those black headed gulls is the flying bird of the day.