Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She has been going through her photographic archives and found this very odd picture from 40 years ago of me pushing her late husband down the street in a wheelbarrow. Our strange expressions may be because we have large moustaches painted on our faces. Memories have faded but the feeling is that we must have been getting ready to take part in a charity fancy dress wheelbarrow race.
It was a miserable day here today and it didn’t stop raining until the late afternoon. At times it was very windy too, so I was happy to idle about indoors doing the crossword, making soup and looking out of the kitchen window…
…where there was a lot of action all day. The sparrows like the fat balls and the little shelter keeps the food and the eaters dry.
Other birds were soggier like this pigeon…
…and this starling…
…and this goldfinch…
Somehow blackbirds seem to be more water resistant than the other birds and the raindrops roll off their backs.
None of the birds looked very happy…
…until this collared dove turned up looking very calm and dry.
The starlings are very busy feeding their young and this little fellow was waiting patiently while its parent collected some seed from the feeder.
After lunch, we went off to get some more bird food and pay a visit to a popular DIY chain store in Carlisle where we hoped to buy a decorative lampshade. Mrs Tootlepedal knew what she wanted so we looked on the internet before we left and found that our local branch of the store had 20 in stock. This was good news.
The bird food purchase went smoothly and we also got some straw for our strawberries so we were in a good mood when we got to the store. Our smiles turned down a little when we searched the lampshade section and could not find the shade we had in mind.
We summoned assistance. “I don’t think we’ve got any of them,” she said, “but I’ll have a look.”
She looked and she couldn’t find them either.
“They’re not in stock,” she said.
“Your computer says you’ve got 20 in stock”, I replied.
She consulted the computer and it did indeed say that they had twenty in stock.
“Ah,” she said, “but that doesn’t mean that we actually do have twenty in stock. They often say that they are sending us stuff, put it on the computer but don’t send it.”
“Ah” we said,
“Sorry,” she said…
…and we went on our way, sadder but wiser.
Still, we had other shopping to do nearby and that went well so we got home happy enough and found that the rain had stopped at last.
After a cup of tea, I went out and did some more compost shifting and sieving and then as it was very grey and windy, I went back in and resumed looking out of the kitchen window.
I thought that these sparrows were just doing the usual shouting at each other…
…but it turned out to be…
… another feeding experience.
The young are very demanding….
…and the parents have a very busy time…
In the evening it started to rain again but the gloom was lifted when Mike and Alison came round and Alison and I enjoyed playing Telemann, Parcham and Rameau duets before joining Mrs Tootlepedal and Mike to catch up on all the news.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow in the rain.