Today’s guest picture is another from Tony’s seaside views. This one was taken on his phone.
Today’s post may be a little more incoherent than usual because I had a restless night. The forecast had been for cloudy skies so I went to bed without making any preparations to view the much talked about supermoon. In the event, guided by fate, I woke up and decided that it might be worth pulling back the curtains and was amazed and delighted to find a clear sky and the shadow of the earth just beginning to fall on the left side of the moon.
I scuttled about trying to shoot handheld shots while collecting my tripod and working out apertures, focusing and shutter speeds. I woke up Mrs Tootlepedal too with some trepidation but she was grateful to see the unfolding lunar drama.
I took many, many shots but ended up with just a few usable efforts showing the eclipse starting, the red moon at the full eclipse and the gradual brightening as time went by. The first of these shots was taken at 3.28 am and the last at 5.53 am and I have to admit that I may have dropped off from time to time between taking them.
It was well worth the interruption to my sleep to see such a sight.
I got up late and found that a crisp frost had the garden in its grip. Under the circumstances, I was happy to have a quiet morning in doing nothing more energetic than walking to the shop 200 yards away and putting some bread ingredients in the bread maker.
I looked at the birds and found that chaffinches were having a hard time landing. One was just hanging on…
…and this one missed the perches altogether.
Occasionally they got it right.
I was encouraged in idleness by small outbreaks of snow.
However, the snow came to nothing and the robin popped up to pose for me.
In the end, since the snow had stopped I went for a walk to keep my foot mobile. It was gloomy but dry so I set off with hope in my heart if not with a spring in my step.
However, I had just passed some attractive catkins….
…when it started to drizzle.
I cut short any thoughts of interesting places and took the shortest route home.
By now, it was raining quite steadily so after a look down to see the Mission Hall where the camera club would be meeting in the evening…
…I limped home as fast as I could. The colourful backs of the ambulances outside the Hall, which has an ambulance service base in it, were by far the brightest thing to be seen anywhere.
Mike Tinker dropped in for tea and offered some sound rocking horse advice and then Mrs Tootlepedal prepared a magnificent dish of cauliflower cheese while I entertained young Luke for some fluting duets. It was one of those evenings when we both realised that more practice would have been a good thing before the lesson.
After tea, I went off to set up the projector and screen for the camera club meeting. Luckily the members are very helpful so we were soon ready and ten members enjoyed a really excellent selection of pictures. Seven of us had brought in selections to show and as there was no theme this month, we had a fine mish-mash of pictures from Africa, continental Europe, the southern borders of Scotland and the heart of Langholm.
As usual ideas and experiences were swapped over tea and biscuits at half time so the meeting went well and we all look forward to meeting again next month.
Mrs Tootlepedal had some fun during the day applying her first ever coats of gesso to the rocking horse. It was a voyage into the unknown and it didn’t go quite as well as she might have hoped but it turned out that that was probably down to the fact that the temperature in the garage where she was working was too low for proper drying of the layers. The horse is back indoors now and looking a lot better for a bit of warmth. I hope to have a picture of progress tomorrow.
There are two eager flying birds of the day today, a sparrow for a bit of a change…
… and a chaffinch for some continuity.