Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Mary Jo from Manitoba. She thinks that I ought to raise my lawn care ambitions a bit.
It was grey, windy and sometimes wet when I went up to the fill the feeders at the Moorland Project’s Laverock Hide. Sandy is away in very distant parts on holiday so I am taking on his duties for a while.
As usual after filling the feeders, I had a sit down in the hide under the shelter of its fine natural roof…
…to watch the birds for a while. It was very gloomy and my camera could only just pick out a woodpecker on the far side of the glade.
It had better luck with the birds just outside the hide.
There were industrial quantities of chaffinches about…
…happy to share with the occasional coal tit.
A great tit….
…and a greenfinch visited the peanuts…
…and there were several pheasants in various states of scruffiness about as well.
When I got home, I had a quick look at our own feeders…
…and a stroll round the garden.
The chief business of the day was a visit to Edinburgh to see Matilda. When we got to Lockerbie station there was a great air of excitement about as it seemed that the train would be on time today, an historic occasion.
It arrived on time, left on time and got to Edinburgh on time too. It was surreal experience.
We walked down the hill and met Matilda and her parents just as they got back to their house in another outbreak of good timing. We spent some happy hours being entertained by Matilda and then eating an excellent evening meal of green soup (a household speciality cooked by Clare), linguine with asparagus with garlic bread (cooked by Al) followed by a sticky toffee pudding (made by Mrs Tootlepedal and carried up with us on the train). We left to catch the train home in a very contented frame of mind as it is hard to beat the combination of good food and good company.
I apologise for the brief report today but we have to get up early tomorrow and there are still things to be done.
The flying bird of the day is one of our own chaffinches.