Today’s guest picture is a glimpse of the Regent Canal at Camden, kindly sent to me by my sister Mary.
We had been threatened by heavy rain and gales in the morning, courtesy of storm Dylan but once again we got off very lightly with no more than a stiff breeze and no rain at all when we got up.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I were able to cycle off to sing in the church choir after breakfast with no danger of being blown off our bikes or getting soaked.
We got back from church in time to see a robin…
….and welcome our last visitor of 2017, the recorder playing, choir singing, container lady and good friend, Sue.
Mrs Tootlepedal had made fish pie and there was plenty of cheese about so we had a nourishing lunch and from time to time, we looked out of the window at a flock of goldfinches which had come to the feeder.
Every perch on both feeders was taken by goldfinches and more waited their turn.
The collective name for goldfinches is a charm and it was indeed charming to see so many in our garden.
Although we had been promised rain in the morning and a dry afternoon, it started to rain quite heavily while we ate our lunch….
…and things dudn’t look promising as far as a walk went at all.
We had just settled down in the sitting room after the meal, ready to spend an hour or so in quiet conversation, when I spotted a ray of sunshine.
We leapt up and looked for boots. Sue’s were in her car and while she was outside fetching them, she saw a wonderful rainbow. I grabbed a camera and went into the garden.
The sunshine was fleeting though and by the time that we had put our boots on, the sun and the rainbow had gone.
Still, we had our boots and coats on so we set off for the walk, more in hope than expectation of keeping dry.
It did seem as if it was raining as we went through the park but it was probably just water dripping off the trees.
And when we got into open country, the rain had gone and we did the rest of our walk in breezy but dry conditions.
My daughter Annie has given me a book on moss for Christmas so I will have to pay more attention to moss in 2018. There is plenty about.
When you walk with different people, you see different things and I would have passed two stones without a second glance but Mrs Tootlepedal, who likes the history contained in rocks, thought them interesting enough to stop and examine them.
Sue liked the colour combination of the hawthorn berries and the tree lichens beside the track.
My camera didn’t do it justice.
I took the next picture to reassure doubters that there is indeed intelligent life on the earth.
It was pausing to enjoy the view as we climbed up Warbla.
The view when we got to the top was sombre and although there were a few gaps in the clouds, the sun never found one to shine through.
Proof that we made the summit.
I took this picture of the town bridge, a mile away and on a very gloomy day just to impress Sue with the abilities of the Lumix. She was impressed. It is not cropped.
Sue has been studying lichens at her plant classes so naturally we stopped to look at the park wall on our way home.
And as we walked round the garden when we got back, I realised that I hadn’t taken a tree picture on the walk and looked at our walnut tree.
There was still a little light left in the west and Sue decided to make the most of it by heading home before it got dark.
We had been more than pleased both to see her and to get a walk in and we would have been thoroughly delighted with the visit even if she hadn’t brought some very tasty home made biscuits with her.
Alison and Mike had brought biscuits with them when they visited us on Friday so the end of the year has been very well be-biscuited. These are the sort of friends you want.
Once again it was generally too gloomy for flying birds but the burst of sunshine which brought the rainbow also brought a very fine perching starling of the day.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the patient readers who have ploughed through another year of these posts and wish you all a very happy new year. Special thanks goes to those who have sent me guest pictures (keep them coming) and those who have been kind enough to offer the comments on the posts which are always appreciated.
Thank you and good night.