Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Tony. Being the proud owner of a tradesman’s van himself, he was amused by this inscription on the back of an Edinburgh ambulance.
It was a day of strong winds and continuous rain so I was happy to invite Sandy round for a cup of coffee and a dainty biscuit to help brighten the morning.
After he left, I needed full rainwear just to go round to the corner shop for a bottle of milk.
After lunch, I got the rainwear on again and went out to buy a new daylight light bulb for Mrs Tootlepedal. Her old one had ‘popped’ and she needs one of these for embroidering on gloomy days.
When I crossed the suspension bridge, the river Esk was showing where all the rain was going.
While I was out, I extended my trip to the High Street by going round the Castleholm to admire all the lovely water that was to be seen on every side.
Even when I got away from the rivers, there was still plenty of water.
This often had the effect of giving me two trees for one.
I came back by way of the Duchess Bridge…
…making sure that I kept well away from the river bank as I went along the slippery path beside it.
I wasn’t really looking out for small items of interest as I battled against the rain and wind and hopped the puddles but I couldn’t help noticing this thriving bit of moss on a tree stump.
When I got back to the town, I made a diversion to Pool Corner….
…before heading in for a cup of tea and a slice of toast.
It is hard to remember that this was the view at Pool Corner nine days ago.
I had made some sour dough bread in the morning and for once I left it to rise for long enough instead of getting impatient and I have ended up with a tasty looking loaf. There will be plenty of time to eat it in the days to come as being indoors looks like a good option for most of the rest of the week. We may see the sun tomorrow though.
My friend Gavin, fearing that I might be bored on such a miserable day, kindly gave me the books of a club for which he is the treasurer and asked me to do a quick audit for him. This is what friends are for and with the help of Mrs Tootlepedal, I passed a happy hour or so untangling his accounting. It all added up very well.
No flying bird in these conditions but at least I did spot a perching bird of the day.