The open road

Derby snow

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew in Derby.  They had a spot of snow there.

Derby snow

We had a spot of snow too but not nearly so much as they did and this was the scene that welcomed us when we got up this morning.

snowy lawn

The chaffinches watched the continuing arrival of more snow rather morosely.

chaffinches and snowflake

And the daffodils and crocuses looked a bit oppressed.

daffs in snow

We went off to church where there was a rather diminished choir and came back in a mini blizzard but luckily the snow didn’t stick…

snowy lawn

…and the road surfaces must have been quite warm because in spite of the thermometer staying at a miserable 1 degree above freezing, the snow on the roads melted and we felt that it would be completely safe to drive to Carlisle after lunch for our other choir.

Over lunch, I kept and eye on the bird feeders.  The feeder  traffic was totally chaffinch.

Sometimes they all watched what was going on with interest…

chaffinches

…and sometimes, eating was  more attractive than watching squabbling…

chaffinches

…and sometimes there was so much going on that a bird simply couldn’t watch it all.

flying  chaffinch

In the snow below, a steady stream of visitors provided interest.

robin

Two old friends, a robin and a dunnock…

dunnock

…and two less frequent visitors, a wood pigeon…

pigeon

…and a collared dove.

collared dove

A blackbird kept everyone in order,  a teacher perhaps in a former life.

blackbird

The roads stayed clear and the trip to Carlisle was completed satisfactorily.  We had a substitute conductor today as Andrew had another choir’s concert to worry about.  Alison has taken us before and she is very good but as she thinks that we are bit better at picking things up quickly than we actually are it was a challenging session for someone who had not sung one of the pieces before and the other only once some years ago.

But it was all good fun.

Mrs Tootlepedal had prepared an evening meal in the slow cooker so we had a warm welcome home.

We have one more cold day in store and then things should warm up again.  Considering that in the south and west of the country roads were closed because of the snow, we seem to have got off lightly again.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.  It had to be as there were no others.

flying chaffinch

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

34 thoughts on “The open road

  1. Meanwhile, Sherlock Musiewild is trying to work out just what happened around that car in Andrew’s picture to make its driver decide to park where it did.

  2. These are great bird photos today of birds challenged by weather. The foot prints around the tire tracks is interesting. I do hope the garden flowers can handle the cold and live to bloom some more.

      1. It seems that no matter where you live, everything is unusual about the weather nowadays.

      2. True. It’s a bit of a pity that no one in charge seems to worry about it. Of course they think that money will insulate them from any bad effects.

  3. It looks like someone walked around their car a few times, cleaning the snow off. I’ve been doing that a lot lately.
    Snowbound daffodils and crocus are hard things to see. I saw some budded daffodils today in the same predicament.
    The robin looks happy.

  4. Oh, I feel for your spring flowers and hope they will see warmer weather soon. All your beautiful flying birds though didn’t seem to mind the weather.

  5. You haven’t mentioned a replacement for the bike with the cracked frame, not that it matters when you still have snow on the ground. The birds around the feeder were very amusing today, but I’d probably feel like the flowers looked to have the weather that you had today.

  6. For some reason those tracks in the snow (your guest picture) made me chuckle. Good to hear your expecting an improvement in the weather. I thought your flying bird of the day was quite lovely and graceful looking.

  7. Even on a cold and snowy day you managed to fit such a great deal in. Lovely bird photos especially the ‘teacher’ blackbird…I know that stance well!

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