Today’s guest picture shows a pair of Egyptian geese looking very autumnal. Our daughter Annie met them on a visit to the Serpentine in London.
After a succession of rather grey days, we woke to brilliant sunshine today. This meant that the temperature was on the low side but miraculously, it had stayed well above freezing.
While Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir, I prepared a venison stew for the slow cooker and then had a walk round the garden. Two buzzards were circling high in the sky above, giving their characteristic mewing calls.
Flowers had survived very well…
…and the sun felt warm in spite of an east wind.
I spent some time looking out of the window during the cooking.
Goldfinches were in action mode, arguing vigorously among themselves.
They weren’t very nice to visiting chaffinches either….
…which might explain why the chaffinches preferred to pick up scraps on the ground.
But at least there were plenty of chaffinches back in the garden which was good to see.
There was only one greenfinch today.
Finally the chaffinches got a foothold on the feeder….
…but blew their chances by internecine squabbles…
…letting the goldfinches get back in control.
When Mrs Tootlepedal came back from church, I didn’t have time for a cycle ride so I went for a very short walk instead.
I had hoped to catch a flying gull or two, but the gulls weren’t in a co-operative mood at all. The herring gull stood firmly on his favourite rock and the black headed gulls stuck to their posts and wouldn’t budge.
I walked on, noticing that the leaves are now falling as autumn leaves traditionally do.
There were plenty left though.
And there was a lot of fungus too.
I looked over our hedge as I got back to the house and got a better view of these poppies than I can get from the garden.
Then it was time for an early lunch and a trip to Carlisle. We had to get off sharpish as we had an early start to our choir practice. We have a concert in the Cathedral in Carlisle on Tuesday and as a result, we had a lot of work to get through.
Thanks to the prompt getaway, we managed to fit in some shopping on our way and topped up our stock of coffee and cheese along with a big bucket of bird food.
The choir practice was very hard work as we worked through ten songs in two and a half hours and on top of that, the tenors and basses were on tea break duty and had to do the clearing away and washing up at the tea break. Still, the hard work is rewarding and the concert should go well (if we can remember everything that we have learned).
The weather forecast says that the wind is going to change on Wednesday and come from the west so our long dry spell will be probably be coming to an end. It has been good while it lasted.
The flower of the day is a pink poppy with a little dew on it….
…and the flying bird of the day is one of the returning chaffinches.