Today’s guest picture comes from my ex-colleague Marjorie who was enjoying the sunny weather at Beadnell Bay on the Northumberland Coast yesterday. The buildings on the right are old lime kilns.
As it had been only 4°C last night when I left the camera club meeting with Mars shining blood red in a clear sky, I was expecting a cold and frosty morning but it had clouded over and was comfortably warm as I cycled up to the town after breakfast to do some business and sort out a problem at the archive centre.
One of the microfiche readers in the centre had stopped working and things looked ominous as early efforts made no improvement. In the end, it turned out to be a problem that needed luck rather than expertise to solve and a fortuitous knock in the right place got it back on track again.
I cycled home and got on with the main business of the day which was getting things in order for the return of Mrs Tootlepedal. This required sweeping, ironing, vacuum cleaning, looking out of the window at the birds…
…in my lunch hour…
…when the day brightened up by good luck.
Chaffinches were the busiest at the feeder.
Then there was some general tidying up and plumping of cushions and time for another look at the birds where I found that the chaffinches had gone and a great cloud of sparrows had taken over.
The weather got greyer and windier as the afternoon went on and two collared doves had to cling to the plum tree and duck into the wind to avoid being shaken off.
When I look out of the kitchen window and there are no birds to be seen, I can always enjoy Mrs Tootlepedal’s flowers round the feeder.
The nerines are flourishing…
…and so is a small clump of gentians, bought from a garden centre not long ago and still in the garden centre pot. They will have to find a home soon.
As the afternoon wore on, a fine drizzle was blown in by the wind so I was pleased that I had walked round the garden while it was still dry.
The leycesteria is looking at its best in spite of frosty mornings and rainy days..
…and although the yellow potentillas have finished, there are white and orange ones still soldiering on.
With everything looking as welcoming as I could make it, I set off to Carlisle to collect Mrs Tootlepedal from her train. It was a smooth operation with plenty of parking places free at the station and the train on time to the minute.
I had a moment to look around before the train came.
Mrs Tootlepedal told me that when the train had left London, the day had been warm and sunny but as she went north, the weather had got steadily worse. By the time we reached Langholm, it had got very wet and windy but even so, Mrs Tootlepedal was pleased to be home….especially as there was a nice cup of tea and some home made fruity malt loaf to welcome her.
Normal service will be resumed tomorrow.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow, spotted just before the sun came out at lunchtime.