Today’s guest picture showing our war memorial was taken in the park last night by my friend Bruce who saw it while walking his dog and thought it would be appropriate for today.
In terms of crime, Langholm does not usually figure in the news as we are generally a very law abiding and peaceful town. Today however the High Street was swarming with police….
…and the mighty organs of the media were out in force….
….and there were crimes scene tapes on every side and officers in white boiler suits doing any number of….
…all because someone had lost their bank card and had to resort to blowing up the cash machine of the Royal Bank of Scotland to get their money out.
The criminals had apparently filled the cash machine with gas which they had then caused to explode and blow the safe up. A member of the gang had leapt through the window and thrown the cash out to his accomplice (or accomplices) and then they had driven off in a stolen Land Rover, leaving money scattered about. The Land Rover was later found burnt out down the Tarras road.
…had not seen anything like this in its 150 year history, though it must be said that another cash machine in Langholm was forcibly dragged out from the wall of the Co-operative store not so many years ago. Obviously cash machines are tempting for criminals but you would wonder if there was enough money in a small town machine like ours to make all the work and preparation worthwhile.
As the RBS is currently in the process of paying back 400 million pounds to small business customers it has treated very badly, I don’t think that this theft is going to register very high on their list of worries but it is still quite depressing for us to have it happen here.
On a brighter note, Dropscone came round for coffee with his traditional supply of treacle scones which we enjoyed very much.
It stayed very near freezing for the whole morning even though the sun was shining brightly. Passing planes covered the sky with their trails…
A lot of planes pass over us mostly without us realising it and it is only on a day with particular weather conditions like today that they are so obvious. This morning every cloud in the sky was caused by a passing plane…
…with more being added all the time.
I saw one effect which I have never seen before. I don’t know whether it was a trick of the light or something that was caused by the way the aircraft was flying but this was the result.
If any reader can explain it, I would be grateful. It looks as though the plane crossing uppermost has split the cloud leaving no trail behind it but I suppose it might be a normal trail which had been put in the shadow by the cloud above it but it looked very curious indeed. Lovers of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy might see it as a tear in the space time continuum.
The birds down below didn’t care at all.
The sun finally got round to the feeder.
It is difficult (for me at any rate) to tell male and female goldfinches apart but I feel that this pair shows a male on the left and a female on the right…
…but I may be wrong (again).
I saw a brambling arrive at the feeder while I was having coffee with Dropscone but it flew off before I could record it. He remarked that I might have to stand at the window all day in case it came back but in the end, I didn’t have to wait too long.
In the afternoon, we went off to Gretna to do some shopping. Having put winter tyres on the car in a failed effort to stop cold weather arriving, I foolishly thought that it might be the right time to buy a new pair of wellies so we can presumably expect storms and snowdrifts now.
We were hoping that we might see some signs signs of a murmuration of starlings but we only saw the tiniest whisper as a few birds flew across the road so maybe the days of seeing sights like this one at Gretna in 2013 have now passed.
We will have another look later on just in case.
The flower of the day is a combination of marigold and viola, both looking a bit depressed and who can blame them…
…and the flying bird is a chaffinch in the cold, cold morning air.