Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s niece Hilary. It shows that Mr Gumpy’s family is spread all over Europe as this is one of his many cousins regarding Lake Zürich with a dyspeptic eye.
I regarded the world with a rather disgruntled eye myself today as I woke up with a cold and not even the very welcome return of Mrs Tootlepedal in the evening could make it go away.
I was feeling so out of sorts that I wasn’t even able to eat both the scones that Dropsocne brought to our morning coffee and he had to take one away with him when he went. This was unprecedented.
I had to do a bit of cleaning and tidying to make sure the house was ready for the return of Mrs Tootlepedal and this left me with a few moments to look out of the kitchen window. Annoyingly, it was a better day and I would have liked to go for a walk or a pedal but the furthest that I got was a trip to the river to try find a dipper.
It was not hard to find, as it was sitting in the middle of the river singing loudly…
…but it was too far away to get a good photograph and whenever I moved to get closer, it moved to get further away….
…and in the end, I gave up and went back home.
I made some soup using a leek from the garden and then sat down to rest before going to Carlisle.
There was steady trickle of birds to the feeder during the day including a starling who had to improvise to get at the seed….
…and a blackbird who couldn’t believe what it was seeing.
Mostly the visitors were the usual suspects, goldfinches and chaffinches.
I am always surprised by how keen the birds are to cram onto a single perch when there are other perches free.
There must be some method in this madness but I can’t see what it is.
Chaffinches displayed various flying the styles – The Compact….
…and The Expansive.
My general state of cold induced grumpiness came and went during the day and luckily I was at my most cheery when the time came to go to Carlisle and I was able to combine collecting Mrs Tootlepedal with a little shopping.
Carlisle was looking very festive….
…but was not too busy so I got parked easily and did my shopping without trouble.
Mrs Tootlepedal’s train was bang on time and we were soon home and enjoying a nice cup of tea. Sadly there were no biscuits left but I had made a fresh loaf of bread so that went down well.
I felt really seedy after our evening meal and fell asleep in front of the telly. As the news was particularly harrowing, this was probably a sound policy.
I hope that a good night’s sleep will see the cold symptoms off and that tomorrow will be a new day and I will be a better companion for Mrs Tootlepedal.
The flying bird of the day is that goldfinch.