Today’s guest picture, brightening a gloomy day here, was sent to me from sunny Barbados by my namesake and near neighbour Tom who is on holiday there. He is to be seen waving in the picture as he stands behind the remains of one of the biggest guns ever built, the product of the HARP project.
We had one of those days today about which the less said the better so I shall try and match my blog to it.
It had rained very heavily overnight and was still raining when we woke up. Our neighbour Liz popped in for a moment and stayed for coffee and a vigorous and enjoyable political discussion which kept our mind off the weather for a bit.
It had stopped raining by the time that she left so I went out on my slow bike to have a quick check on the state of our rivers on my way to our corner shop..
The Wauchope was lively….
…and the Esk was pretty full…
…though it still had some room to spare.
After lunch, I decided to brave the strong winds which were battering the town courtesy of storm Erik and go for a walk.
Apart from the wind, it was quite a reasonable day by now….
…and although the river had gone down a bit, there was still plenty of water rushing under the Town Bridge, not to mention the odd small tree trunk.
I am always impressed by how well designed the bridge is to stand up to the pressure of water that hits it on days like these. The water on the upstream side of the bridge is a lot higher than on the downstream side.
The strong wind made it feel very cold and inhospitable and as my feet were not at their best, I cut my intended walk short and soon headed home.
A look round the garden showed our first daffodil trying valiantly to flower but wind and rain have bent it double and it is destined to bloom largely unseen.
On the other hand, there are winter aconites beginning to stick their heads above ground so that is very cheering.
The rest of the afternoon was spent putting some music by Boismortier onto the computer and then trying to play it as fast as I could. As this was not very fast, there is room for improvement.
More wind and rain are forecast overnight and tomorrow so the air of general gloom pervading this post may well continue.
The buffeting breeze discouraged any small birds from coming to the feeder in the garden and I didn’t get my flying bird camera out at all so today’s flying bird of the day turns out to be three ducks floating very carefully right at the side of the river.