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.
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….
….in fact, a lot were perching….
…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.
I had some soup for my lunch, looked out of the window from time to time….
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…
…and it shows the drizzle quite well.