Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Dropscone and shows a handy chart telling me where to get my coffee from. He found it in a coffee shop in Bromley, Kent.
I had quite a full day today with a very contrasting set of weather conditions to go with it.
I had to get up early (for me) to take the car to the garage for its annual MOT test. In order to do this, I needed the full wet weather gear as it was blowing hard and raining heavily and I had to walk back from the garage.
Then it was time for breakfast and a battle with an unforgiving crossword while the rain sluiced down outside. The rain eased off in time for Dropscone to arrive by bike for a cup of coffee (from Ethiopia). As we sat and sipped, the wind eased off a bit too and birds returned to the garden.
It even got light enough to see some flying birds.
The river had been quite high when I went to the garage in the morning but nothing like as high as yesterday but Dropscone remarked that he had thought that it was well up when he had come for coffee. It had rained hard before he arrived so after coffee, I went to check.
Dropscone was right.
Once again, I was glad that we don’t live right beside the river.
Luckily, it had brightened up quite a bit by this time and it looked as though we weren’t going to get flooded in the town. The park wasn’t so lucky….
…and the Castleholm was awash as well.
Once again today there was talk of road closures and riverside evacuations in neighbouring towns and in the Lake District one poor village was flooded for the fourth time in two months. We had been lucky again.
But the time that I got home from my brief walk, the sun had come out and the day was looking as though butter wouldn’t melt in its mouth.
I should have gone straight out for a cycle ride but the sudden onset of sunshine gave me such a shock that I had to sit down to recover.
I did get organised in the end though and got the fairly speedy bike out and set off for a few miles up the Wauchope road.
In spite of the blue sky, the ride wasn’t quite idyllic as there was a brisk wind blowing into my face and the road was running with water. I am trying my very best not to fall off and bang my new knee so very wet conditions make me go cautiously.
Still, the light was gorgeous when I got to my turning point at the top of Callister.
…and even better as I went back down the hill.
I stopped to look at one of my favourite cascades but there was almost too much water going over it and it was rather flattened out.
I cycled down to the River Esk when I got back to the town to see if had dropped. It was well within its banks but looking quite lively all the same.
Although the temperature had dropped from 10 degrees at eight o’clock to 6 degrees by the time that I had finished cycling, it was still such a nice day that I tempted Mrs Tootlepedal out for a short walk.
Unfortunately, she was deep in some curtain making and by the time that she was ready to go, the sun had gone. It was still dry though so we took a turn round Gaskell’s Walk.
I took pictures of snowdrops and a nearly out daffodil in our garden before we left…
…and then put the camera away until we passed a tree stump covered with fungus on top and down the side.
When we came to the top of the bank at the Stubholm, there was more evidence of the damage caused by the weather.
We got round our walk in the dry but not long afterwards there was another fierce shower.
It had passed by the time that the car was ready for collection, having passed its test without needing expensive work done.
A bit of research on the internet showed local roads in terrible conditions with landslips and floods on every side. We were hoping to go to Edinburgh to see Matilda tomorrow but our main railway line is closed because of flood damage to a viaduct and the alternative route requires nearly a hundred miles of driving to get to the station and back. The forecast for tomorrow is for more heavy rain and driving doesn’t look very appetising at all so we will have to rely on Skype for contact.
In the evening, I went to the Archive Centre with Sandy and put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. What with one thing and another, it was our first combined visit for over a month.
There were many opportunities for flying birds today, often all at the same time….
…but in the end, I settled for one which wasn’t a very good photograph but which I think makes a striking image.
When I was out in the morning, I took a very brief video to show the force of the water passing under the Langholm Bridge.