Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who is currently enjoying the bracing sea side at Scarborough.
We had quite a bright and pleasant morning, very calm and a few degrees above freezing, which was made better by the discovery that the water had now cleared and was I free to drink and cook from the tap. After a late breakfast, I took a moment to see if there were any birds about.
There were a few cheerful moments….
…as a pair of robins alternately posed and chased each other about.
A sparrow got into the posing party.
But in general the birds were notable by their absence. We have building works going on over the fence so perhaps that is one reason why the birds are staying away. We shall see when the works are finished.
I went out into the garden and was surprised to find this little flower on show.
I am open to suggestions, in the absence of the gardener, as to what it might be.
I couldn’t dally long though, as I was due to man the Welcome to Langholm centre in the Market Place. Fortified with some biscuits and a marmalade sandwich, the time was spent usefully by putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group index on my laptop. I did put out a little information too.
On my way home, I spotted two dippers side by side near the church bridge but I had the wrong camera with me so they got away unrecorded.
By the time that I got home, the light had faded slightly but rather than go for a hurried cycle ride before the light faded entirely, I gave Sandy a ring to see if he would like a walk.
Fortunately for me, he was in walking mood and drove me up to the Moorland feeders where we paused for a while in the hide….
..before strolling along the road from the hide….
…down to the Tarras Water.
As we walked, we talked and looked around.
On the far side of the river, forestry work was evident…
The valley has got very brown.
We walked as far as Rashiel bur turned rather than disturb these sheep any more.
There were naked trees to enjoy…
…and a lot of lichen to like (if you like lichen which I do.)
We had to work a little harder to walk up the hill on the way back to the car but by dint of taking it steadily and distracting ourselves with conversation, we seemed to get there without trouble and were soon at home enjoying tea and biscuits.
No sooner had Sandy left, than Mike Tinker arrived so I had to have a second cup of tea and an extra helping of biscuits. Life is very hard sometimes.
My flute pupil Luke came in the early evening and demonstrated some good sight reading skills and after tea, I went off to play with Mike and Isabel, where I should have taken some of the sound advice for myself that I am so ready to give out to Luke.
All three of us were a bit tired but we worked hard and had a good play.
The flower of the day is the winter jasmine, still looking good by the back door…
…and I just got a flying bird of the day….by a millimetre or two.