Today’s guest picture comes from Matilda’s father, Al. He took her, her mother and some of her Christmas guests to see the light show at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens where they entered the cathedral of light.
There was not much light of any sort in Langholm this morning when I set out after breakfast for a relatively early bike ride. It was warm (8°C) but grey and although I could just see my favourite tree when I went over the hill at the Bloch…
…I couldn’t see much at all if I looked at the other side of the road.
Under the circumstances, I kept my camera in my pocket for the rest of the trip and concentrated on trying to get my legs to be more co-operative. They were in a bolshie mood though and I couldn’t even get my average up to 13 mph.
All the same, I was very pleased to be cycling on a relatively warm and quiet day in December so I wasn’t grumbling.
I was a bit annoyed though when the sun came out not long after I got home.
The chaffinches seemed pleased.
But once again there weren’t many of them about and those that did come, didn’t stay long.
A few sparrows graced the feeder….
…though not all of them were in prime condition.
I couldn’t hang around to watch the birds or go for a walk in the sun because it was the day to go to Edinburgh to visit Matilda and her other grandparents.
The train was late as usual and to make matters worse, it was absolutely full before the fifty people waiting on the platform at Lockerbie got on so we had to stand in cramped conditions for the hour it took to get to Edinburgh.
We had plenty of fun when we got there, playing two board games with Matilda and doing a jigsaw puzzle too before her other grandparents arrived.
Then there was a dancing display and an evening meal before it was time to catch the train home. This one was on time and had plenty of seats so the journey home was a marked improvement on the journey up.
All the same, it was quite a tiring day so I am looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
The flying bird of the day is one of those busy chaffinches.