Taking the biscuit

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who took this charming view of St Paul’s  Cathedral across the river from the cafe outside the Tate Modern art gallery which she was visiting.

st pauls

We had plenty of sunshine here…

very sunny chaffinch

…and quite a few birds…

two sunny goldfinches

…on what would have been a grand day for a walk or even a pedal if I had wrapped up well enough but I was overcome by a most unusual outbreak of good sense and stayed at home instead.

I have been suffering from a rather sore right foot lately and have been trying to walk it off but by last night I had been reduced to limping.  This is not a satisfactory state of affairs because limping only makes things worse so I went for a day of complete rest today in an effort to get things on a better footing before going to Edinburgh tomorrow.  Time will tell if I have improved things but at least I can be confident that I haven’t made them worse.

As a result, I did many puzzles in the paper, put two weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database, mooched around and put a good deal of effort into practising songs for church and choir.

I looked out of the window a lot too.

robin on chair

At this time of year, the feeder is in the shadow of either our or our next door neighbour’s house for most of the day so it may have been the lack of light that was making this goldfinch concentrate so hard on pinpointing the feeder perch.

concentrating flying goldfinch

The wrecking crew of peckers were back digging up the lawn again…

pecking wreckers

…and goldfinches and chaffinches were in perpetual motion at the feeder…

busy feeder

…sometimes getting in the way of good flying bird of the day shots.

flying goldfinch and flying chaffinch

Mrs Tootlepedal suggested that I might find making some ginger biscuits a useful way of spending some time and I took her up on that.  I also took her advice on exactly when to take the biscuits out of the oven and I am happy to say that it was very sound advice as you can see.

I managed to take this picture before all the biscuits had disappeared.

ginger biscuits

It was hard to lurk about inside when the day outside was so bright…

walnut tree

…but we are in for a run of weather from the north so the day gradually got colder as it went on in spite of the sun and it has got down to 2°C as I write this and it is going to freeze overnight which will be a shock after a spell of relative mildness.

I did find a fairly sunny flying bird of the day and a goldfinch makes a change from all the chaffinches.

flying goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “Taking the biscuit

  1. So very sorry to hear you’re having more problems moving about. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Pity about missing such a splendid day.

  2. Ouch! I sympathize with your dilemma – why don’t these painful inconveniences, if they have to happen, limit themselves to inclement weather? I hope you feel much better soon. The ginger biscuits and the birds are beautiful. Even the wrecking crew. 🙂

  3. Those are excellent looking ginger biccies! Sorry about your foot and hope it is better tomorrow.

  4. The ginger biscuits do look tasty – better than a Garibaldi? I must try Garibaldis on my next trip – my hand has always stopped at the chocolate covered Hobnobs (it’s probably a good thing those are not readily available here).

  5. I am sorry to hear about the sore foot. Hope that is better soon, but there is nothing a good ginger biscuit can’t heal. 🙂

    The jackdaw wrecking crew looks quite imposing!

  6. Gosh proper ginger biscuits…very impressed. You’ll be called upon to produce more for all the cake stalls in your local shows! Love your guest photo.

  7. I’m sure that the ginger biscuits will help your foot feel better, and even if they don’t, I’m sure that the rest of you will. 😉 Some days are meant to be spent inside pottering about doing next to nothing, I’m in the middle of such a day now.

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