The guest picture of the day comes from my sister Mary. She has been recovering from a hip operation and hasn’t been able to get about taking pictures lately so she kindly sent me this picture of Darwin’s house in Kent which she visited in August.
I had a pleasantly busy day today, with plenty to do and people to talk to and this made up for the quality of the day itself which was dull and grey, very dull and grey.
After breakfast, I went up to the Archive Centre where I met Sandy and we were joined by Ron, one of the trustees of the Langholm Reference Library. He is providing a home for all the various bits and pieces which the Archive Group have collected over the years and came to see what we had got.
He was able to take all that we wanted and we put it in some handy boxes which, with great foresight, Ron had brought with him. We loaded the boxes into Sandy’s car and off it all went to the library to be catalogued and stored. I wish everything in the world went as smoothly as this bit of business.
Leaving Sandy and Ron to do anything that looked like heavy lifting or hard work, I went round the corner and got a lift home from Dropscone, accompanied by some his traditional Friday treacle scones. We ate these while drinking some coffee. Dropscone has recently suffered an attack of torticollis and so he is well up the pecking order when it comes to interesting ailments.
After he had gone off, I spotted an interesting bird in the garden and took this very interesting picture of it.
I did mention that it was a very dull day. But I must admit that in my haste to capture the bird, I failed to check my camera settings.
The camera was recording in RAW and it shows shows just how much the camera records that it doesn’t tell you about when I can reveal that after processing the image, I could find this welcome visitor under all the gloom
I hope to get a chance to look at the robin again soon with the right camera settings in place.
I then grappled with a very contorted crossword which was in the end even duller than the weather. I got fed up and went out into the garden.
It was too grey and windy to take pictures so instead of going for a walk, I did a little gardening. I shredded and sieved and shifted the contents of compost bin C into compost bin D.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went out into the garden and I followed on to take a picture of her waving to to the world. My camera skills again let me down and by the time that I got organised, she was hard at work.
Once again, I discarded any idea of a walk and made myself useful. I shredded, and mowed the drying green and the greenhouse grass and then did a little digging of what will be our fruit cage area next year (if everything goes to plan).
By this time, although it was still quite early, the light was so poor that we went in and had a cup of tea. That concluded the active part of the day.
In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and while Mike and Mrs Tootlepedal caught up on the news, Alison and I played duets. We got out a Telemann sonata which we haven’t played for years and found that we remembered it remarkably well and resolved to put in a bit of practice and play it again soon.
As it was too gloomy to take a flying bird picture today, I have delved into the archives to find a rare shot of a flying robin from four years ago.