After Ada’s picture of walking in the mountains of Tenerife, I have another mountain scene as guest picture of the day today. This snowy view from Hoch-Ybrig in Switzerland was sent to me by Dropscone’s niece Hilary, who was skiing there with her family.
We had a pervasively gloomy day here, a bit warmer but very grey and much windier, not an attractive proposition for cycling or walking. Mrs Tootlepedal had a busy day with visits to the dentist, the information hub to put up Buccleuch Centre posters and then the Buccleuch Centre itself where she had lunch before doing the front of house for a screening about the Young Picasso. As she stayed for the screening, I saw very little of her until she came back in time for a cup of tea with me and Mike Tinker who had dropped in later in the day.
While she was out, I tried to avoid walking on my sore foot and passed the time by listening to the radio, doing various puzzles in the paper and of course, watching the birds.
Goldfinches were the flavour of the day.
Sometimes all was calm…
…and at other times it was all go in every direction.
Occasionally, chaffinches tried to join the fun.
And we have been getting regular visits from collared doves.
I noticed a robin on the arm of the garden chair….
…and then I noticed that there was a robin on the back of the chair…
…and then I noticed that there were in fact, two robins, an unusual sight.
I did have a wander round the garden but there was nothing new to see except a single potential new crocus.
I did pick up a walnut and to my surprise, it was in very good condition and Mike and Mrs T had half each with their cup of tea.
After Mike had left, I got my slow bike out and cycled half a mile round the new town just for sake of getting out of the house. It had been raining for much of the afternoon, but it had stopped now. It didn’t make much difference to the gloom though as the clouds were still firmly clamped down over our hills.
A row of ducks were lined up on the edge of the main flow of the river. They were peering anxiously about and for all the world they looked as though they were waiting for a bus to arrive.
Since I was having a quiet day in, I got the bread machine to make me some dough and used the result to make 18 rolls. The bread machine makes a wonderfully elastic dough and the rolls came out well.
My flute pupil Luke had missed our Monday meeting because of a cold and although he was hoping to come today, the cold still had him in its grip so we will meet next week instead. I practised by myself which was no bad thing as I have to work hard to keep up with him as he gets better.
I will get about a bit more tomorrow as I am off to the physio and hope to use the trip to take a picture or two while I am out.
The flying bird of the day is one of those goldfinches, concentrating hard as it comes in to the feeder..