Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Gavin’s visit to California where he encountered this fine flying bird. It is an Albatross Flying Boat built in 1948.
We woke to another very welcome day of sunshine, although it took a bit of time for the thermometer to rise above zero.
In spite of the low temperature, there was no ice about so I had a pleasant walk up to the High Street. I paid my garage bill, picked up several weeks of the data miners hard work from the Archive Centre and also found a letter from the power company waiting for me there.
It had no less than three separate bills, all different, inside. I fear the processing of my complaint and the resolution of our difficulties is not going well. I feel an ombudsman coming on…..that or a heart attack.
My chief purpose though was to go to the Information Hub and sit there for two hours giving out very little information to very few people. I was entertained by Dropscone who came in to help me kill a little time and at least a few enquiries were better than none.
When I got home, I found Mrs Tootlepedal making the most of the sunshine by working in the garden. I supervised for a while and then took some flower shots.
The birds were busy stocking up on sunflower seeds…
The goldfinches were looking very determined…
…and the blackbirds were looking very dignified.
I cooked some kidneys in red wine for my lunch for added strength and after a little rest, set off to play music with Isabel and Mike. None of us were in peak form at the start but once we got going, a Telemann piece perked us up and we played pretty well and had a surprisingly enjoyable time.
When I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal was back working in the garden and a chaffinch was busy at the coconut…
….but after another look at the gorgeous crocuses enjoying the sunshine…
….Mrs Tootlepedal and I set out for a short cycle ride, our first together of 2016. It was still very chilly when we were out of the sun but luckily most of our route was in the sunshine.
We stopped to look at the little cascade and the very twisted rocks that I had showed in a recent post as Mrs Tootlepedal had never seen the rocks before.
Those shady banks beside the road which had not had the benefit of the sun still showed traces of overnight snow…
…but the road was ice free and we cycled along happily enough.
My flute pupil Luke should have come for his weekly lesson but he has been practising so hard for a forthcoming exam with his grandfather that he had a rest from me today. I was secretly quite pleased to have a rest myself as it had been quite a busy day so far and it hadn’t ended.
In the evening, I went out again to set things up for a Camera Club meeting. Members’ other commitments meant that we didn’t have a full turnout but we had 60 pictures to look at and they made for an interesting evening. We are fortunate that our members have a good variety of photographic interests and plenty of imagination too so that our meetings are never boring and always throw up some good ideas on how to look at things with a fresh eye.
I usually learn something to my advantage and tonight was no different.
The weather forecast is telling us that we have come to the end of our spell of cold, bright weather and we can expect rain tomorrow. The up side will be some warmer weather so perhaps spring will be able to get under way again.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.