Song and dance


Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba who has sent me a small quilt made by her friend Lucie which shows a delightful seasonal robin.


Every day at the moment seems to be in competition with the day before to see which can be the more unpleasant and gloomy.  Today won hands down, as it was  even greyer than usual with brisk winds and lots of drizzle and rain.

It was lucky that there was plenty to do indoors with singing in the church choir after breakfast followed by entertaining and being entertained by Matilda for most of the rest of the day.

I put on my waterproof trousers, boots, jacket and hat and braved the rain for  a short walk after lunch just to stretch my legs.  It wasn’t a day for taking pictures…

Timpen in mist

…so I managed a gate on the Lodge Walks…

gate Lodge walks

…the new view at the top of the pheasant hatchery where a wood has been cleared….

view pheasant hatchery

…and one of the trees that the fellers have left behind…

tree pheasant hatchery

…but I was mostly glad to get home without getting absolutely soaked.

When I got in, I was the audience for an extensive dancing display by Matilda.  She goes to dancing classes and has a very good line in expressive interpretation of a tune.  I even did a little granddad dancing myself.

There was no opportunity to hang about in front of the kitchen window so there are no birds today and I don’t really enjoy taking pictures of people as it seems a bit intrusive so there are no pictures of people either.

However, we have left out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for his reindeer so we are hoping for a good day tomorrow.

I am off to sing in the midnight carol service at the church so I will take this opportunity to wish all the blog readers a happy Christmas and seasonal good times and thank those who have sent Mrs Tootlepedal and me their good wishes.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

34 thoughts on “Song and dance

    1. We had a happy Christmas thank you but it was wasn’t very bright at all. Boxing day is more promising. I hope that you had a good Christmas too.

  1. Seasons greetings to you and yours, love the little quilt made by my sister for MJ. Their robins are bigger than ours.

  2. I think I’ve said this before but it must be strange to see a forest one day and have it gone the next.
    You’re very lucky to have a little one over for Christmas. I hope it’s everything she and the family want it to be.

  3. It is the little people that keep the magic of Christmas alive. Good wishes to you both from a cool, overcast part of South Africa.

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year from welshcyclist and his family to tootlepedal and his family and friends, cheers

  5. I hope you have all had a very merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. We had some sunshine on Boxing Day and we have some more today so I hope you have had a little brightness too.
    It must be a little sad and disconcerting to lose local woodland so completely – well except for one or two here and there. Some local landowners are doing the same to some of their copses and spinneys, calling it scrub clearance.

  6. That is an interesting photo of the tree the fellers left behind. It also most looks as if it is wailing, bemoaning the loss of its companions.

    Wishing you and Mrs. T a bright and wonderful New Year ahead!

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