Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone and shows the bridge over the Tay. He visited Dundee with his daughter Susan earlier this month.
We had another grey day here but marginally less grey than yesterday and as it was warmer, it was quite welcome.
After breakfast, Mrs Tootlepedal and I went up to the Laverock Hide at the Moorland feeders. I was acting as a fill-in feeder filler for Bob who was away having festive fun with his far flung family.
The feeders needed filling and almost as soon as I had finished, they became very busy. There may not be many chaffinches in our garden but there were a lot of them here.
There were a lot of pheasants too and this pair was having an ill-natured squabble outside the hide…
…which was causing some distress to a watching chaffinch.
Apart from the chaffinches, there were not a lot of other birds about, though I saw one distant woodpecker…
…and a small but noticeable selection of blue, coal and great tits.
I was very pleased to see a good number of birds about, even they weren’t very interesting but the light was rotten and if I had seen any interesting birds, I might not have been able to get decent pictures. The flying birds were just a blur.
We had coffee when we got back and then I went out for a short pedal. It was breezy and I wanted to go shopping later in the afternoon so I settled for three seven mile repetitions in my outdoor gym, the road to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back. This may sound a little boring but the challenge is to try to go a bit faster on each lap and I managed to increase my speed marginally on the outward uphill trips but the effort was too much for me and I was slower rather than faster on my third downhill leg and just failed to hit the magic (for me) 14 mph average speed.
Still, the challenge made the ride interesting and I didn’t waste any time trying to take good pictures in unsuitable light.
I had a look round the garden for any sign of colour when I got home but all I could find was this fairly bright box ball recovering from a severe pruning..
Mrs Tootlepedal had created a delicious duck soup for my lunch and after supping a bowlful and having a shower, I went off with her to do a bit of shopping in Carlisle.
I had in mind to replenish my stocks of dates and prunes and other dried fruit and would have done so if the shop we were visiting had been open but it wasn’t so I didn’t.
Mrs Tootlepedal had a particular shade of paint in her mind and we were quite excited when her shop turned out to be open but less enthusiastic when just about the only shade of paint that they didn’t have among hundreds on display was her desired one.
We drove home in a subdued mood but were cheered up by watching an excellent running of the King George VI steeplechase at Kempton Park on catch-up TV. Mrs Tootlepedal’s fancy came a close second.
With both our choirs in recess at the moment, we were able to have a quiet night in and the restful evening was very welcome.
No flying bird today, but a rather wary chaffinch from the Moorland Feeders is standing in.