A spotted woodpecker

Zurich sunset

Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie.  She is working in Zurich this week and took a picture of the sunset there this evening.

Zurich sunset

There was no chance of a sunset here today…or a sunrise…or a sun anything as the sun was conspicuous by its absence all day.  The forecast told me that if I was up sharp, I might be able to get up to the Moorland Feeders, where I was filling in for absent friends, before the rain started for the day.

I took them at their word and they were quite right so I filled the feeders and sat in the hide for a while  before the rain started.  It might not have been raining but it was very gloomy so only brightly coloured birds which came close were available to snap.  It was my lucky day.

Greater spotted woodpecker
A greater spotted woodpecker coming close
Greater spotted woodpecker
And a greater spotted woodpecker coming closer…
Greater spotted woodpecker
…and then going away again

When it flew off, I took the hint and went away too.  I was glad to have got a brief glimpse of a goldfinch, the first of the autumn while I was there.

goldfinch

It was still raining when I got home and it rained on and off in a half hearted way for the rest of the day.  It was that annoying sort of rain which kept looking as though it had stopped but by the time that I had got outside to check, it had started again.

Under the circumstances, Mrs Tootlepedal got on with repainting the doors in the hall and I put a week and a bit of the newspaper index into the Langholm Archive Group’s database.

You can learn a lot from the newspaper index.  In 1854 there were only 12 advertisements for food in the whole year but by 1874, there were 116.  There were 140 by 1894 but the biggest item advertised by far was tea, which was obviously a big seller by then.

I went out to our corner shop to buy food (but not tea) and noticed an unusually long array of collared doves on the wire by the dam as I left the house.

collared doves

I don’t know enough about collared doves to say whether this might be one happy family or just a gathering of friends.

At lunch time, I noticed that Mrs Tootlepedal had brought a couple of nasturtium flowers into the kitchen…

nasturtiums

Their cheerful colour brightened the day up a bit and made me look closer too.

nasturtiums

I did go out to check the rain.  It was light but persistent.  Flowers looked a bit depressed.

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mint and chives
There is some colour in the vegetable garden though
clematis
and a very low flying clematis

We picked some runner and French beans and ate them for our lunch.  Even if the rain had stopped, it would have been too soggy for gardening.

It was one of those days which felt colder than the thermometer said that it should be so after lunch, I lit a fire in the front room and settled down to put music into the computer for practice purposes.  With about sixteen new songs on hand for Christmas concerts with my two choirs, I have plenty to get on with.

I kept on thinking about going for a walk in the rain but settled for making rolls with the help of the bread making machine instead.  They turned out well.

rolls

When they had come out of the oven, I had another look out into the garden at four o’clock.

colourful corner

In spite of the efforts of the flowers to persuade me that it wasn’t too bad….

dahlia

…I wasn’t tempted to stay out as it was too gloomy for a photographic walk by now so I took a picture of a crow on the roof…

crow

…and came back in and made a sausage stew for my tea.

It too turned out well and I was in a good mood in spite of some heavier rain when I went off for a Langholm Sings choir practice.  The attendance was a bit thin, possibly because of a showing of La La Land at the Buccleuch Centre at the same time.  I was happy to miss the film, which we have already seen and judged pretty dull, and very much enjoyed the practice.  All the songs and carols that we are preparing have their charms.

I am going back to the Moorland Feeders tomorrow morning, this time as a substitute for Sandy, who is sunning himself elsewhere, and I hope for better weather.

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “A spotted woodpecker

  1. Where to start? So enjoyed the pictures of the woodpecker, which looks something like the ones we have here but without all the red underneath. The close-up of the nasturtium was fabulous and would make a lovely framed picture. Ditto for the picture of the crow on the roof, but in a different way from the nasturtium, of course.

  2. The nasturtium was certainly worth a second, closer look!

    The greater spotted woodpecker is a lot more colorful than most of our native woodpeckers here, I hope that you see one again tomorrow.

    You’re probably tired of photographing flowers with rain drops on them, you’ve had such a wet summer. However, a drought isn’t much fun either, our flowers are all but gone because of how dry it’s been here.

    1. I did see another woodpecker, thank you. I am sorry about your drought, The weather doesn’t seem to have pleased many people anywhere this year.

  3. Like the guest photo very much and also the crow photo but my favourite is that close up of the nasturtium or is it a creature from outer space? The buns look very tasty too.

  4. I’ll enter the fray and agree with everyone about the nasturtium – the colour set against the white window is indeed worthy of a picture frame. But your walls may be a bit crowded with all your efforts by now – perhaps a postcard?

  5. The nasturtium closeup is very beautiful. I have found earwigs like them too, considering them prime real estate, and at this time of year they can be found hiding in the blooms.

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