Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Nottingham and shows the University there.
I had a very uneventful day in general but with one big event in it. It was grey, mostly wet and a bit windy so I was very happy to be indoors preparing a lamb stew for the slow cooker while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir.
I had a moment to look out of the window from time to time while I was doing the cooking…
…but the light made it much easier to catch birds in the bush than flying ones.
And on feeders too. I put out some pink pellets and the jackdaws were soon on the scene.
We didn’t have long after the return of Mrs Tootlepedal from church before we had to set off to Carlisle for the main event, a singing afternoon with our Carlisle Choir. You may perhaps imagine that every Sunday is a singing afternoon with the Carlisle Choir but this was one of our conductor’s special days, lasting from one o’clock to six o’clock and involving three singing teachers who come down from Glasgow to help us out.
This was also our last practice before going to Manchester for a choir competition next Sunday so it was a hard working affair with the pressure turned full on. I am looking forward to the competition but I feel with such a large open access choir, many of whom were total non singers before they joined and some of whom have only joined very recently, hoping that we can all get through five songs from memory without any mistakes is perhaps on the optimistic side. We shall see though.
It was very nice to have the lamb stew simmering gently on our return and it was received gratefully and went down well.
A chaffinch in the gloom is the flying bird of the day.