Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie who has been baking bread.
I had a day full of action but very little of it was in front of the camera – it was not a case of “Lights, camera, action!”
It was damp and drizzly after breakfast and there were still occasional mournful cries of geese to be heard. It seemed a good day to have coffee with Sandy and he dropped in on his way to Carlisle, He brought a gift of Christmas cake, made by a friend who doesn’t like Christmas cake and whose husband can’t eat it for health reasons. In spite of this slightly dubious pedigree, it tasted very good.
When Sandy left, I set about making marmalade and as this involves a lot of sticky work and a sharp knife, I didn’t have the opportunity to pick up my camera or look out of the window for a while. When I had got the mixture simmering, Mrs Tootlepedal kindly agreed to watch over it, while I went for a pedal.
The drizzle had gone and the clouds had lifted and as the thermometer showed nearly 10°C, it would have been a perfect day for cycling if there hadn’t been a twenty to thirty mile an hour wind blowing.
As it was, I put my head down and pedalled three times up and down the road to Wauchope Schoolhouse, keeping as far out of the wind as was possible. On one of the repetitions, I went though the town and out of the other side just for a bit of variety but I don’t have any time to spare and got back home after 22 miles in perfect time to add the sugar to the pan and cook the marmalade.
I took only two pictures on my ride, one at each end of my up and down route.
I had a look for some birds while the mixture was boiling but there was not much to be seen and not much light to see it in anyway as the skies had clouded over again.
Once I had potted the marmalade…
…I had a shower, came down to have a cup of tea with Mike Tinker who had dropped in and then played some enjoyable duets with my flute pupil Luke and finished the active part of the day with a plate of venison stew which Mrs Tootlepedal had cooked for our tea.
All in all, it was a useful and sociable day, even if there was not much of a photographic record of it.
I did get a sort of double flying bird of the day picture but the main thing that it shows is that I have lost a perch from the feeder. I will have to remember to look for it tomorrow.
I should say that Sandy has posted a couple of splendid galleries of his trip to Thailand which can be seen here.