Today’s guest picture comes from our older son Tony in Fife. On one of his recent outings he met these charming alpacas.
Those weather gods certainly know how to get a good laugh. After several grey and miserable days, they waited until we were bound to spend a whole day indoors regardless of the weather and then they turned on the lights.
There was not a cloud in the sky when we came out of church to see kayaks bobbing up and down on the Esk.
We had a short time at home, enough for a coffee, a sandwich and a glance at the birds, (who were enjoying the sun)…
…and then it was time to drive to Carlisle for a final practice before the Carlisle Community Choir Christmas Concert in St Cuthbert’s Church, a seasonal must for lovers of good music and alliteration.
Outside the church….
…a large crowd had gathered.
We had a very good attendance inside the church for the concert and thanks to the slightly more relaxed attitude of our new conductor, I enjoyed the singing more than I usually do. I view practices as times where there is a chance of getting things right and a concert as a time where it is all too easy to get things wrong so I find practices enjoyable and concerts slightly stressful. However, since the audience members whom we met over refreshments after the concert told us that the choir had sounded really good, we had to be pleased with our performance today.
The slow cooker had been patiently cooking a pasta sauce while we were out singing so we had a warm welcome when we got home, even though the car thermometer was registering 0° C.
I rang my sister Susan to ask after her health and she reported that she was feeling much better. She told me that her arm was much less painful and this was another factor that led to today being entered on the credit side of the great ledger of life in spite of the weather gods’ cruel joke.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch as I didn’t have time to wait around for something more interesting to come along.