Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Bruce. He assures me that it shows a fine example of a Hutton’s Unconfomity. He thought that I would be impressed. I was.
I had a full but, at the same time, calm day today. The temperature got up to a toasty six degrees but I couldn’t make the most of it as I had to take my turn in the Welcome To Langholm office in the Market Place.
I had time to look at the birds for a moment or two before I went up.
The blue tits are happy to eat the seeds…
…or the fat balls, depending on which are free.
The chaffinches and goldfinches won’t go into the cage at all.
Robins will try both…
…but spend a lot of time making up their minds.
I have put out as few frosted apples which escaped the apple picking but they are not drawing large crowds.
Tourists were in short supply when I got to the Market Place but I did sell a leaflet and a booklet to a visitor so it wasn’t all bad. I also got connected to a wi-fi hotspot and managed to put some pages of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database which was a great bonus. I would have done even better at this if I had remembered that peering at a computer screen goes much more satisfactorily when you have got your computer peering glasses with you.
I had a snack lunch in the tourist office so that when I got home, I was able to put on my cycling gear straight away and go off for a gentle pedal.
I was thinking of doing a circular ride today as the roads seemed to be frost free but after going three miles, I discovered that I had forgotten to put on my helmet so I went back and got it and then pedalled up to the top of Callister and back to make up my twenty miles.
It was getting gloomy by the time that I returned and there was no chance of a walk with a camera so the blog is fairly photo free today.
My flute pupil Luke came and we spent the time recording him playing one of his favourite tunes and then after tea, I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel.
After warming up on a Quantz sonata, we turned to Mozart. Our new Mozart trio is very hard work but we played it all through, though not without having to stop from time to time to consult the Sat Nav to see where we were. It is tough going but rewarding as the music is lovely.
My twenty miles today took me up to 3900 miles for the year so there is only another hundred to go to hit my target. I need another few ice free dry days before New Year to get there and with 30 days still to go, it should be possible….but our weather is always unpredictable and there have been Decembers in past years when the bicycle has never got out of the garage at all.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch, sneaking past the feeder pole.