Today’s guest picture comes from Jenni, my highland correspondent, and shows a flock of long tailed tits enjoying her peanuts. They are beautiful little birds and we are very envious as we would like to see them in our garden.
We had a generally sunny and cheerful day here today; cheerful that was as long as you weren’t exposed to the very strong wind which made it feel decidedly chilly.
After going to church to sing in the choir, there was a moment when I had time for either a short cycle ride or a walk before the trip to our Carlisle choir in the afternoon. The wind, gusting up to 40 mph made the decision for me and I went for a walk.
I didn’t have to waste any time watching birds in our garden because there were no birds to be seen, the wind proving too strong for them too perhaps.
If you could keep out of the worst of the wind though, it was a beautiful day for a stroll…
…and although all the gulls flew off as soon as I got near the Kilngreen, I did find two or three ducks lurking in the shelter of the river bank on the Ewes Water.
I crossed the sawmill bridge and walked up the hill past the Estate Offices. The road verge and walls here are home to a considerable number of hart’s-tongue ferns…
…and a grand display of dog tooth peltigera lichen. This crop was about two feet in width.
Three trees further up the hill have been artistically arranged by nature to make a pleasing combination.
And there was plenty of shelter as I walked along the track above the trees to let me enjoy the view of Whita without getting blown away.
A lot of trees have been felled along the track, leaving the pines still standing.
I followed the track until I came to the north lodge…
…and there I enjoyed a view up the Esk valley which has only been recently been made available to walkers by the felling of yet more trees.
Time was pressing a bit so I had to hurry home, stopping only for a view of an as yet unfelled wood…
…and making it just in time to have a slice of bread and honey before setting off to Carlisle.
The choir practice was well attended and we set about learning another of the songs that we will take to the choir competition in Manchester in March. We also went through one of the songs which I have been trying to get off by heart….more work required!
When we got home, Mrs Tootlepedal tried out a new recipe involving leeks, feta cheese and puy lentils. It made for an enjoyable meal.
We have been watching the television adaptation of Les Miserables and it has been an interesting but chastening experience for me. I read the book a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought that I would remember it well and be able to compare the book with the TV programme but it turns out that although I do recall a lot of the scenes and places from the story, many of which don’t figure in the musical version, I have also forgotten much more than I thought. As a result, I have confidently said to Mrs Tootlepedal on more than one occasion, “Well, that didn’t happen in the book,” only to find that it did.
No flying bird today but I did get the briefest glimpse of a robin. It was flying a second or two later.