Today’s guest picture is an unusual shot of a new part of the town with the seventh hole of the Langholm Golf Club in the background. It was taken by Dropscone.
We woke up to another glorious morning but it proved to be something of a false dawn as there was a very cold wind blowing and the day clouded over during the morning.
The frogs were still out in strength.
Following the sound advice to go back and try and take a better picture, Sandy and I had a cup of coffee and went off to the Kilngreen to look at ducks and crocuses again. We went down to the Skippers Bridge first, as we had received a report that otters might be seen there…..not by us today though so we went back to the ducks.
The sun was still shining when we got there.
I almost saw a pair of oyster catchers…
…and I did see a lot of ducks.
I had to do some smart ducking to avoid being knocked over by flying mallards…
…but there were some more restful moments too.
I tried to take some crocus pictures but it was too windy as you can see from this ruffled gull and they wouldn’t stand still…
…so I settled for some gull chasing instead.
As you can see from the background to that last shot, the sky had clouded over so Sandy and I left the Kilngreen and walked over the Castleholm on a hazel flower hunt. They are hard to spot unless you know where to look. Even when you see one, they tend to look like a tiny red dot and it takes a clever camera to see their full beauty.
For the technically minded, I held the twig in one hand and used the other to take the picture with the Lumix. One handed cameras are good value.
We kept a desultory eye out for nuthatches but with the sun gone, it was too chilly to hang about for long in the mean wind and we soon packed up and headed for home.
Mrs Tootlepedal was still busy painting and decorating when I got there so I made her a light lunch and then spent some time considering whether a grey day with a biting wind was a good day to go out for a pedal or more suitable for taking a day’s rest.
I spent so long considering this that the decision was made for me and I did a little business on the computer instead of cycling.
I may not have been very busy but for some reason, the bird feeder has attracted a huge amount of traffic lately and I counted over 50 birds on and around it at one time this afternoon.
There were almost too many birds about for a good photogrpah.
Mike Tinker came round later in the afternoon with his useful electric chain saw and sawed up a large hawthorn trunk which Mrs Tootlepedal had spent several weeks trying to uproot. I didn’t think that she would ever manage it but like that ram and that dam, she had high hopes and they were realised. Once the trunk was sawn up, it was soon made into logs ready for our stove.
In the evening, we went to the Buccleuch Centre to see our local amateur operatic society put on a performance of Sunshine on Leith, a musical based on the songs of the Proclaimers. We had enjoyed watching the film but had never seen the stage show before.
We thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The acting was very competent and the pace was good enough so that the jokes made you laugh and the pathos made you feel sad. You can’t ask for anything more than that.
The music of the Proclaimers is deceptively simple but somehow, for me at least, it has real depth as well and the words and music complement each other with very effective results. The singing of the principals was excellent and the playing of the small band did the music justice.
I saw two unusual things during the day. One was a blue tit on the feeder, only an occasional visitor these days…
…and the other was Jim waving furiously at me from the town bridge. Some people will do anything to get their picture in the blog.
The flying bird of the day is an obliging gull which staged a fly past on the Kilngreen this morning.