Today’s guest picture was one that I meant to use some time ago but forgot. It shows a clock on the University Hospital tower in Manchester. My brother took it in early January.
I was pleased to have a guest picture with some blue sky in it today because there was not the slightest hint of blue here. Indeed the clouds were so low that you could hardly even see the sky.
If it wasn’t raining, it had just stopped or was just about to start again so we didn’t go out any more than we had to just to complete a couple of essential tasks.
By teatime, Mrs Tootlepedal felt that we had rather rather wasted the day but if ever a day deserved to be wasted, this was it.
Trying to catch birds in the morning was a rather depressing business…
…and after a blurred attempt or two, I gave up. Even at midday, a bird had to be standing very still to get a result….
…and the birds were being very unhelpful anyway.
Under the circumstances, we took our exercise vicariously and watched some indoor athletics on the telly.
Quite a few of the many spare moments of the day were taken up by going through the songs for our Carlisle choir. We have got our final practice before the competition tomorrow and I feel sure that our conductor will be happier if we know the songs.
I would be happier too but it is much easier knowing the songs in the peaceful privacy of your own home than it is when you are under the eagle eye of the conductor who is distracting you by waving his arms about furiously and at the same time the basses are bellowing in your ear.
We have had a relatively dry and warm winter so far and we have to expect a few gloomy days and since the south westerly winds that have brought the clouds and rains have also kept the temperature up, we probably shouldn’t complain too loudly for fear of upsetting those who have had much worse weather than us. This seems to be pretty well everyone else in the world, judging by news reports of excessive heat waves, heavy snow and torrential rain.
The chaffinches in the plum tree took things very calmly.
The best I could do for a flying bird was this.