Today’s guest picture not only comes from a guest, my son Alistair, but also shows a guest, his daughter Matilda, who has brought her parents down to Langholm for a short visit.
We were making plans yesterday to go to Edinburgh to visit both our sons and their families over the New Year when our younger son, Al suggested that he and Clare might like to drive down with Matilda to visit us instead. We were more than happy with this as the train service over the holiday period is rotten so we arranged another visit to Tony later on in January and settled down to prepare the house for a VIP.
She was due to arrive in the early afternoon so I had time to look out of the window while the expert got things into a fit state in the spare rooms.
Birds put on their best behaviour…
…and even the light co-operated and put on its best performance for many days.
I wasn’t entirely idle but my eye was drawn to the feeders quite a lot.
After all the preparations had been made and a light lunch taken, there was still a moment to spare before the VIP’s estimated time of arrival so I sneaked out for a quick walk just to stretch the legs.
I didn’t have time to dally and the light had reverted to its usual greyness so I took few photos as I scampered round Gaskell’s Walk.
After a bit of rain a few days ago, things have dried up again so the walking was very good underfoot and the rivers are back to being an unseasonal trickle.
I got back in good time to welcome Al and Clare and Matilda who had found the drive from Edinburgh a lot less busy than they had expected.
Matilda was in excellent form and was soon tinkling away on the piano in the front room.
We had a good afternoon of playing, a substantial evening meal and then, after a duet…
…Mrs Tootlepedal gave Matilda a bath and put her to bed.
Parents and grandparents then sat down to a moment or two of perfect peace. It was a very good end to what has been an eventful year.
I didn’t get quite as good a flying bird of the day as the light deserved but it was better than most recent efforts.
May I take this opportunity to wish all those of you who have had the patience to read the posts through 2016, a very happy and prosperous 2017 and I hope that it brings you all that you deserve and wish for (and a little bit more).
I would also like to thank those excellent bloggers whose posts I regularly read with interest and admiration for providing me with so much enjoyment through the past 52 weeks. Long may this feast of words and pictures continue.