Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie who made a recent visit to Macao for work purposes. She enjoyed the gently understated facade of this hotel there.
It was a ‘depths of winter’ day today although it was actually quite warm. The temperature was no real advantage however as it rained all day and the light never got above “Stygian” on the Gloom Scale.
Under the circumstances, coffee with Dropscone was an excellent way to spend some of the morning and even a visit to the health centre to get a routine injection afterwards seemed like a good use of some miserable weather.
The small birds are still conspicuous by their absence but two larger birds did appear during coffee.
These may well be the partridges that appeared on our neighbour’s garage roof a few days ago. If they are the same birds, they look as though they are getting well fed during their stay in the town.
They are handsome birds but perhaps this one ought to be taking a bit more exercise.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help out at the Buccleuch Centre coffee bar over lunch and I made some potato soup for my midday meal. We have still got quite a lot of our potatoes in store so I am anxious to make good use of them before they get past their best.
I did think of putting on my waterproof hat, coat and trousers and going out for a soggy walk after lunch but Mrs Tootlepedal asked me to print out a picture for a card. I had such a prolonged and fruitless battle with my printer in an effort to match the colours on the card to the colours on my computer screen that it was almost dark by the time that I had finished.
I settled for working on my flute playing in an effort to get on top of the ornamentation in the sonata that Luke and I are playing. This is uphill work for me. I can remember many years ago reading a book on baroque recorder technique by a noted teacher which had twenty five pages on the trill alone as far as I can recall.
It was not a day for flying birds as even if there had been any, it was too dark to photograph them but I did manage to spot a single perching chaffinch in the rain so here is the perching bird of the day.