Today’s guest picture shows the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. My sister Mary took the picture when she visited Greenwich last month.
We had a grey and breezy day today but without the rain and gales of yesterday, it seemed like quite a good day by comparison.
There was a little last minute shopping to do and the Christmas tree to bring into the house but otherwise we had a quiet day. There was a good number of birds about in the garden and I was pleased to see the Christmas robin was looking in fine form.
The garden seemed to be full of blackbirds…
…and there was the usual amount of goldfinches (cunningly keeping just out of focus).
I was pleased to see a couple of greenfinches in the plum tree….
…and more pleased when the came down for a seed or two.
There always seemed to be a possibility of rain but when it was still dry at midday, I went off for a walk leaving Mrs Tootlepedal to decorate the tree.
I didn’t have to look too hard to see a dipper at the water’s edge as I walked along Elizabeth Street.
And there were plenty of mallards at the Meeting of the Waters.
The rivers had gone down quite a lot since last night….
…but there was still plenty of water coming down the Ewes as I looked across to the Castleholm.
My walk took me along the top of the woods above the Lodge Walks and I got a good view of Whita Hill on my way….
…and the brown sheep of the family got a good look at me.
There was a nip in the wind and the path had a wintery feel about it…..
…but I was well wrapped up and, from time to time, there was even a little ray of sunshine…
…which was very welcome.
I looked about as I went and saw some fungus on a pile of wood chips…
….and one or two trees…
…but I didn’t dilly dally too long because in spite of the occasional patch of blue sky, there was always a threat of rain and in the end, I got home just as the rain started to come down. Good timing.
Mrs Tootlepedal had made a splendid job of the tree.
My newspaper had provided me with a testing holiday crossword puzzle and this was just thing to help to pass a dark and gloomy afternoon.
We had a very light tea as we have got some serious eating to do tomorrow and then settled down to some quality sofa testing.
The plant of the day is a fern garden half way up a tree which I saw on my walk….
…and the flying bird is a chaffinch, glimpsed in the morning gloom.
Can I take this opportunity to wish any reader who has got this far down the post a very happy Christmas and a prosperous and cheerful New Year. I am very grateful as always to those who take the time to read these meanderings and look at the pictures, with especial thanks to those who take the time to add their valued comments.