A relative connection

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who came across this giant nut weevil in his local supermarket.

weevil

After another night of rain here, I went out after breakfast to check on the state of the river and was surprised by how low it was.

fairly full Esk

I was expecting quite a spate but although it had rained steadily for some time, it had obviously not rained very hard and the river drainage system had coped very well.

It kept raining for most of the day so I had another quiet morning indoors, keeping an eye on the goings on at the feeder.

Siskins were very active in the shouting department, most aimed at passing chaffinches.

Sometimes they shouted up….

siskin shout up at a chaffinch

…and sometimes they shouted down…

siskin shout down at a chaffinch

…and sometimes two of them got in on the act and shouted horizontally in unison.

two siskins shout at a chaffinch

All in all, it was quite a busy morning….

very busy feeder

…although there was time for quiet reflection on the weather too.

goldfinch in the rain

In the afternoon, I went down to Carlisle station…

dig

…where I enjoyed the contrast between the wall panels of steam driven giants of the past and the less glamorous diesel railcars in use today.

 

dig

I wasn’t there to train spot though.ย  We are being visited by my eldest sister Susan who is on a birthday tour of her young relatives in Scotland and will be coming to Edinburgh with us tomorrow to visit our two sons and their families.ย  I was in Carlisle to collect her from the London train.

Her train arrived on time to the exact minute and we drove back to Langholm where Susan was greeted by some delightful fairy cakes cooked by Mrs Tootlepedal.

In the evening, Susan kindly took us out for a meal at the Douglas Hotel and while she and Mrs Tootlepedal enjoyed a leisurely coffee before going home, I scurried off to a Langholm Sings choir practice.

They day ended in quiet conversation centred upon the deplorable state of politics and the country.

I hope that the weather is kind to us as we go to Edinburgh tomorrow.

The flying bird of the day is a siskin (in the rain).

flying siskin

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “A relative connection

  1. What a great idea for a birthday celebration! Happy birthday, Susan! And fairy cakes? Didn’t know such a confection existed. I will be looking them up. Have fun in Edinburgh.

      1. I looked them up after reading your post and discovered that here they are called cupcakes. I like fairy cakes ever so much better.

  2. The birds and your commentary on their antics brightened the morning here, along with some sun peeking through the clouds. It is possible we may see some blue sky today.

    Andrew’s giant nut weevil is rather startling. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. The birds are obviously taking their shouty behaviour from politicians! Seeing that weevil in a supermarket would put me right off my shopping. Hope the birthday visit goes well and trains and weather all behave themselves …unlike the birds or the politicians.

  4. Even your Siskins are quite a bit different from ours. Funny how they kept the name, but changed their outfits after crossing the Atlantic. I have been trying to sort through far too many shots of our backyard feathered visitors, but it’s been slow going. I may get to show them to you someday… with any luck!

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