Today’s guest picture comes from my son Tony, who came across this splendid waterfall while walking the dogs in the Dollar Glen in Clackmannanshire today. He is having a birthday celebration weekend away.
There was nothing much to celebrate about the weather here today. It was as gloomy as a Washington Democrat (the simile of the day).
It was just above freezing but so raw and grey that although I thought of a walk or even a pedal, in the end I couldn’t persuade myself to leave the warmth of the kitchen. While I was there, I made a version of a Bolognese sauce for the slow cooker and looked out of the window.
It was so dark that the camera couldn’t believe that I was serious and in the end I went out into the garden for a minute or two to photograph things that stood absolutely still.
The early daffodil is doing its best to ignore the inhospitable weather.
Oddly enough there were some very static birds doing some hard staring while I was out there.
I soon went back in and did some necessary business for the Archive Group, looked at songs for the choir later in the day and went back to the kitchen and looked out of the window again.
It was a day for chaffinches.
Although they weren’t always welcome.
Sometimes peaceful co-existence was possible.
I was happy to see a blue tit back at the fat balls. They have been going down very slowly and need eating. It might take more than a single blue tit though.
There was a moment when I felt so guilty about being idle that I nearly went out for a walk but when I was thinking about what clothes to wear for the outing, I looked out of the window and saw a lady walking up the road with an umbrella up.
I changed my mind.
Mrs Tootlepedal is now having a choir practice straight after the church service so she didn’t get back until nearly lunchtime and it wasn’t long after lunch before it was time to set off to Carlisle for our choir. Mrs Tootlepedal has a full singing day on a Sunday.
The practice was very enjoyable. This is a bonus when we are working for a competition. Our conductor drives us hard but also takes care to praise us whenever he can and only criticises us under the severest provocation. He has a remarkable well of enthusiastic good humour to draw on. It is always fun to feel that you personally and the choir in general are improving at a song.
A slight pall was cast over the day by the untimely departure of Andy Murray from the Australian Open but on the up side, this saves us from the possible agony of watching him losing in the final yet again so we must be thankful for small mercies.
The plant of the day is a lilac bud….
…and the flying bird is a murky chaffinch in a shot which shows just how still they keep their heads when they are eyeing up a landing spot.