Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary’s recent visit to Bath with my two other sisters. They had some good weather when they visited the Abbey.
We had some thoroughly rotten weather here. It rained on and off all day and the thick cloud made it feel like the middle of winter as far as the light went. The fact that it was pleasantly warm only made the whole thing more annoying.
Mrs Tootlepedal was a bit better today but still confined to bed for the most part. Sandy came round for a late coffee and then I took Mrs Tootlepedal off to see the doctor. She coincidentally had an appointment on other matter which was handy.
While she waited for the doctor, I took a stroll down to the river in the drizzle to see whether the turtle had survived yesterday’s minor flood.
It is a very well constructed animal.
I had a look round while I was there. It wasn’t a day for standing around and admiring the view….
…because there wasn’t a view to admire.
The trees beside the river were doing their best though.
The goosander family, with some mallards too, were lurking in a calm spot below the church for the second day running.
This one was looking a little cheesed off with the weather. Fishing must be tricky when the water is running so quickly.
I collected Mrs Tootlepedal and went home. I cooked some soup for lunch and ate it by myself while Mrs Tootlepedal nibbled on a bit of toast upstairs.
I had a crossword to do and some more songs to look at and I nipped out to look at some flowers during a lull in the rain. Although the garden is definitely beginning to look rather ragged, there is still a range of colours…..
….but the drizzle returned and I went back in again. Thus the afternoon was passing slowly when Sandy rang up and suggested a walk as it had temporarily stopped raining yet again. By the time he had arrived though, it was back to raining heavily so we killed a little time considering some Archive problems with the database and then, as it had calmed down to a drizzle, we went out.
Sandy was impressed by the fungus and the goosanders and took a picture or two with his new camera. I pointed the Lumix at the side of the church.
We walked along the Esk. I was hoping to see the dipper again but we only saw fallen leaves.
There were mallards on the Kilngreen, contemplating the rushing waters of the Ewes.
This heron was standing in Mr Grumpy’s spot so I suppose it is Mr Grumpy but he looks a lot neater and more cheerful than when I last saw him.
The Lodge gates looked gloomy.
I had to use a flash to take a picture of these traditional toadstools beside the walk.
As well as for these duller fungi a little further on.
It really was gloomy although it was only four o’clock and as it had started to rain quite heavily again, we didn’t dally any longer and headed for home.
Once indoors, I only ventured out as far as the shops to buy some stuff for my tea and otherwise, Mrs Tootlepedal and I spent a very quiet evening in.
There is rain on the Met Office forecast for every day for the next seven days except for Tuesday. There is a gale warning for Tuesday.
No flying bird of the day today for obvious reasons.