sheppey bridge

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s holiday in the deep south.  He decided to leave the mainland and travel to the Isle of Sheppey across this impressive (but ugly) bridge.

sheppey bridge

I had a discussion with Sandy as we walked along yesterday as to whether the day could properly be described as dreich.  He thought that it could on general grounds of being very grey and misty but I thought that perhaps the lack of rain disqualified it.   Today was even gloomier and I looked up the definition of dreich in a handy on-line dictionary.  It said:

Dreich (Old Scots origin)

A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather. At least four of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich.

There was no question.  Today was truly, truly dreich.

It was far too gloomy for any decent bird pictures so naturally the little blighters queued up to have their pictures taken.

They do it on purpose.

Some were perching….

goldfinches in the drizzle

….in fact, a lot were perching….

goldfinch, robin and siskin

…and some were flying…


…in fact, a lot were flying…


…and all were laughing at me as I put the ISO up higher and higher and still couldn’t get a clean shot.

The drizzle let up enough enough at one point in the morning to allow me nip up to the town to order some more coffee and pop into the chemist to get some Vitamin D tablets to offset the weather.

It was a few degrees above freezing so I did occasionally think of a walk or even a soggy cycle ride but each time that I did so, a fresh gust of wind blew sheets of drizzle across the garden and like King Edward and his army, I thought again.

In desperation, I looked for colour indoors and found that our daughter’s two floral Christmas gifts were earning their keep.

The jasmine is producing a steady trickle of flowers with the promise of lots more
The hyacinth is well on the way to its full glory

I had some soup for my lunch, looked out of the window from time to time….

The robin returned
And siskins kept arriving

There was no doubt that it was a dull day in many ways so I made the best of it by putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and practising both my flute and choir songs.

Somehow or other, I managed to get to the end of the day without doing anything energetic or very interesting and I am hoping for better weather tomorrow.

My flying bird of the day was perhaps the worst actual picture but at least it was a more infrequent visitor so it was the most interesting. It’s a greenfinch…

flying greenfinch

…and it shows the drizzle quite well.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “Dreich

  1. Hello Tom

    I have a mystery for you.

    After lunch today, Lesley and I were in the garden. For some reason, Lesley had to return to the house; she called me across – stuck to the window next to the door was some detritus. I was volunteered to remove it – just above head-height, it turned out to be small (around a centimetre) bits of straw or grass stuck/glued and we thought that maybe a bird had hit the window. That was until Lesley looked down and saw a broken egg! (It certainly wasn’t there ten minutes before.) What was there was enough to guess that it would be around an inch – so it wasn’t a hen’s egg tossed over the garden wall – the shell was very fragile and what little yolk left was liquid.

    Could it be possible that some bird has nested and the egg has been stolen? On reflection the straw/grass could be nesting material.

    We’re both quite puzzled.



  2. Despite the awful weather you still managed to take some great photos of all the birds visiting your garden. The flowering gifts from your daughter are beautiful and must smell gorgeous.

  3. When I stepped outside early this morning, I noticed the first clear skies in weeks. While having complained endlessly about our drought, the weather has made it up for it with a year’s worth of rain in a few short weeks. Having a leaky roof hasn’t made this a pleasant experience. I can appreciate your dreich, and thanks for the new word!

  4. Apart from the dreich weather (we share here as well) I hope you have a fine Burn’s night. I’ll have agood dram to him tonight. But what he said I cannot but consent:
    “But och! I backward cast my e’e,
    On prospects dreaer!
    An’ forward, tho’ I canna see,
    I guess an’ fear! “

  5. The Isle of Sheppey has an interesting history.

    We’ve had more than our share of dreich weather this winter, but I see some sun out there today.

    The birds are always a welcome sight. Glad you have very active feeders and some very beautiful indoor flowers to ride out your dreich weather.

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