Today’s guest picture shows the Clifton Observatory, which my brother observed while on his visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge during his recent trip to Bristol.
The weather forecasters had promised sunshine by half past ten this morning and when we woke up to rain and strong winds, we held our breath (metaphorically) until the appointed time. Then, lo and behold, the weather gods relented and the sun did come out. Unfortunately, they omitted to turn off the wind at the same time so that a cycle ride didn’t seem like a good idea.
The sun brought out some birds and then almost immediately something frightened them away again.
It was a sparrowhawk.
I didn’t cycle but I did go for a morning walk. I had to wrap myself up becuase the wind was one of those which finds every crack in your armoury and it was decidedly chilly….but it was sunny.
I had an appointment with the doctor before lunch and I had to keep my walk short so I started with a visit to the ducks at the Kilngreen. They posed for a group shot….
…and then flew off individually.
I saw a rook too.
Did I mention that it was sunny?
My walk took me across the Sawmill Brig and then onto the path which runs behind the trees that you can see in the picture above.
It was still sunny.
I crossed the Jubilee Bridge, stopping to admire some glowing moss growing on a tree branch high above the river…
…and called in at Mike Tinker’s to enquire about his health on my way home. He was better but his wife, Alison, my regular Friday evening accompanist was still poorly. He gave me a cup of coffee and a delicious ginger biscuit and on my way out, we stopped to look at a Pyracantha by his back door.
The RSPB website says: Birds seem to prefer the red berries, and are likely to have stripped plants by Christmas.
I can only image that the large selection of seeds and other treats which Alison puts out in her garden are more to the local birds’ taste.
The visit to the doctor was very successful in that she has allowed me to give up statins for a while to see if my many minor aches and pains go away. If they don’t disappear, I will go back on my present low dose which is working well and put the aches down to old age. If they do disappear, I will have a choice to make. We will see.
After lunch, I had a moment to look out of the window…
…and then Sandy came down and we went off for a walk. The wind was still fierce and biting so we chose a well sheltered walk but were still able to enjoy the sunshine. Did I mention that it was a sunny day?
I can’t remember if I told you that the sun was out.
Sandy didn’t have his camera with him and the keen wind didn’t encourage hanging about so I didn’t take many pictures…
…even though it was quite sunny.
There was still enough light to watch the birds when I got home and there were plenty of birds to watch.
The sunlight picked out a robin in the plum tree.
We are promised another sunny day tomorrow and the wind is supposed to drop a little too so I am hoping to get out on my bike. I was speaking to a hardy neighbour who went out on his bike in the strong winds this afternoon. He had found that three miles into the wind was quite enough for him. He had enjoyed the three miles back though.
I was rather spoiled for choice when it came to flying birds today. I might have chosen the sparrowhawk as it flew off to look for prey elsewhere….
…or perhaps one of the ducks after the photoshoot….
…but in the end, I ignored them and plumped for a dramatic jackdaw, caught in the late afternoon sunshine.
Did I mention that it was sunny?