Today’s guest picture was taken by our younger son and shows his wife and daughter obediently saying “cheese” when requested.
There was continued slight movement on the road to health in the Tootlepedal household today with Mrs Tootlepedal feeling well enough to take in a little nourishment. I wasn’t quite as perky as I had hoped to be but I was well enough to wander about the house moodily and I did walk up into the town as far as the chemist in the afternoon to replenish our stock of paracetamol.
Having said that, it was still a rather gloomy day all round both literally and metaphorically.
I took time out to peer at the birds.
Everyone seemed to be looking for something.
Often it was chaffinches looking for a perch.
And sometimes it was siskins looking for a fight.
I don’t think that the male siskin above who can be seen putting the boot into a female is quite in touch with the spirit of the moment.
Our robins were scurrying about again. It is very difficult to know whether you are photographing the same one all the time but there are definitely three birds in the garden and I think that I got two different ones today.
The cat scarer is a favourite perch but we think it is also working as a cat scarer as there haven’t been any cats lurking under the feeder trying to catch birds lately. Maybe though, it is just the cold weather that is keeping the cats at home. Time will tell when spring comes.
I took my camera with me when I walked to the chemist for the sake of having a picture on the blog which was not taken out of the kitchen window….
…but it was a grey and raw day so I abandoned plans for taking the longer and more scenic route home.
All the same, as I know that many readers will be feeling that their lives are strangely empty because of the lack of moss pictures on the blog recently, I did take a very small diversion on my way back to visit the park wall.
I have been reading the moss book that our daughter gave me for Christmas and though it doesn’t help me identify mosses, it is helping me to learn how to look at them and when we get some better light I hope to get some better pictures. For some reason, I hadn’t really thought of moss as having leaves but of course, that is basically what moss is, a collection of leaves and the occasional sporophyte.
For those who can take a moss leaf or leave it alone, I throw in a fern complete with sori, also from the park wall.
I had a quick tour of the garden in pursuit of more moss when I got home and I was wondering of thus was moss or not….
…but I got easily distracted by some fine lichen in the plum tree and photographed that instead.
One of the bad things about being poorly and mooching about is that it leaves me with any amount of time to listen to the radio and watch the TV and this can only have deleterious effects on my mind and body because it involves taking in the news of the day many, many times.
On the plus side, watching the poor Californians, having been plagued by fire, now being consumed by mud slides does make me count my blessings quite gratefully.
I was intending to go to Glasgow tomorrow to help Matilda and her parents clear their old flat but having actually listened to some sound advice, I am going to stay at home and try not to make myself worse.
Another grey day post impressionist flying bird today.