Today’s guest picture brings a bouquet of South African garden colour into our gloomy winter scenes, courtesy of my South African correspondent and Langholm exile, Tom.
By contrast, what Langholm looked like today when we got up was this….
…but the snow had stopped and gradually melted away during the day, although the temperature never rose more than a degree or two above freezing.
I gave my sore foot a rest in the morning and drank coffee, did the crossword and looked out of the window.
There were sparrows about on the feeder…
…and a bunch of starlings on top of the walnut tree.
Green and gold finches turned up too….
…and birds frequently flew off in all directions…
…and then came back again…
…so I wasn’t bored.
We gave the snow some due consideration but having checked that the main roads were cleared and that the trains were running on time, we set off for Lockerbie and the train to Edinburgh.
On the drive, the main problem was not snow or ice but quite thick mist covering the whole countryside almost all the way to Lockerbie. We arrived safely though and caught the (on time) train and travelled up to Edinburgh in good conditions.
I was hoping to catch a shot of the Tinto Hills covered in snow and gleaming in the sunshine but they had generated their own cloud which covered them completely…..
…and were a disappointment.
Al, Clare and Matilda are camping in Clare’s parents’ flat while they are waiting for their new house to be finished and this gave Matilda the chance to take me for a walk in a nearby wood.
She was a confident guide and we got back safely without meeting any wolves or being stung by bees.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I spent a pleasant few hours chatting with the family and enjoyed a wonderful Persian based meal before we left to catch the train home.
The journey home passed off without incident, although the mist made for careful driving.
I did find a chaffinch arriving at the feeder and it has the honour of being the flying bird of the day.