Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce who was heading to Oban on the west coast today when he came upon this overfull river at Callander.
We got a better day here today with occasional brief sunny spells and no rain so we were grateful for that. We didn’t make much use of it though as Mrs Tootlepedal had to do a lot of internet research into a costume she is making for our local pantomime and I was resting my leg.
As a result, the morning passed with very little discernible activity and even the birds were pretty quiet in sympathy.
There was a lot of posing from a pigeon…
…and a chaffinch.
Even the feeding was rather sedate with a chaffinch being at the bottom of the pecking order today.
The coal tits were back again…
…and rather to my surprise, they tended to chase each other.
I made some potato soup for lunch and then decided to test my leg with a short flat walk.
The sun was out when I started and gulls….
…were gleaming in its rays.
I crossed the town bridge and met an old friend on the Kilngreen.
I don’t blame Mr Grumpy for being well tucked because as soon as the sun went in, a brisk wind made it feel quite chilly.
Among our ordinary mallards, there is one white duck. I was hoping to shoot a sitting duck but it saw me coming and popped into the water before I could catch it.
The leaves are pretty well off all the trees now and the Lodge Walks are bare. This does let the sun through to brighten things up though.
With no leaves on the trees, the casual passer by can admire the moss….
…and the lichen which festoon many of the branches.
As always, I paid attention to walls on my walk and the one at the head of the Scholars’ Field had wild flowers and ferns growing out of it in a very satisfactory way.
My plan to have a gentle, flat walk and mildly exercise my stiff leg was a complete failure and I was back into heavy limping mode long before I got home. Considering that I had done this walk a few days ago with no trouble, this was discouraging and tomorrow will have to be a serious day of doing nothing. I have got plenty of useful things that I can do so I will do them and resist the temptation of a little walk ‘just to see how my leg is’.
I spent quite a lot of time when I got home choosing some pictures for a short presentation of images from Eskdale which I am giving next month. I limited myself to those that I have taken in the last 12 months and have managed to make a preliminary selection of 100 with no flying chaffinches in at all. This was quite hard.
The flying bird of the day today isn’t a chaffinch either.