A quiet but loud day

Nottingham University

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Nottingham and shows the University there.

Nottingham University

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.

A supervisor
The quality control operative
The consumers

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.

flying chaffinch



Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “A quiet but loud day

  1. Your choir practice sounds like jolly hard work, I hope it pays off and you do well in the competition next Sunday. Thanks for that robin photograph, sweet.

  2. What a long choir practice! These long sessions are tiring but very useful. I hope it stands you in good stead for next Sunday. The ‘supervisor’ is my favourite.

  3. I’ve never been much of a singer but I do love music. It’s another one of those things that can take me out of myself, and I can imagine that reaching such heights would make all the hard work of singing in a choir worth every minute.

    1. I have never been a singer at all so the whole experience with this choir has been a great treat for me. In my youth I was told to stand at the back and mime.

  4. That sounds like a very hard-working choir day with every effort made towards a successful conclusion. I do hope it turns out that way.

  5. I missed this. Then the fragrance of simmering lamb stew drew me back. I’m envious. The robin is very cheery and the jackdaws impressive. I can’t think how you get such sharp photos of the latter.

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