Today’s guest picture is another from our son Tony’s recent holiday. As well as waterfalls and wonderful views, he and Marianne also saw this.
We had the coldest night of the year so far and woke to a frosty scene.
It was chilly but the birds were active. A dunnock looked in soon after breakfast.
The ground was pretty hard but that didn’t discourage a small group of jackdaws from pecking vigorously at the middle lawn.
We left the jackdaws to it and went off to take part in the Remembrance Day service in the church. It was an unusual day for the choir as the hymns were accompanied by the town band and not our organist but we had some rousing hymns to sing so we didn’t mind.
After the service, we watched for a while as wreaths were laid at the war memorial and then headed home.
After a cup of coffee, I went out for a short walk to see how my feet would behave. I was a bit shocked by how sore they were yesterday so I hoped to find out that that was just an aberration…and take in some nice weather at the same time.
It really was a lovely day and the calm state of the Wauchope as it passed under the Kirk Brig shows how lucky we have been here when there has been so much rain not very far away.
I passed the war memorial with its wreaths….
…and some tough minded wild flowers and an interesting stick…
…on my way up to the track at the Stubholm.
The sun made the best of what autumn colour is left…
…and picked out some very red berries on a mature holly tree beside the track.
A little further along, a combination of very yellow leaves and the direct sunshine produced a dazzling display which was a delight to me but which completely threw the processor in my camera which couldn’t cope with it at all.
As my current pocket camera had resisted all entreaties to behave and continued to be very stubborn when it came to taking any pictures at all, I was carrying my old Lumix with me. It is in poor condition and I only use it on cycle trips now. Still, it did its best today even if it couldn’t cope with the leaf/sun combination.
It noted a small crop of fungus on an old log on the ground…
…and a curious flaky growth on a branch above my head. I don’t know whether this is a fungus or a lichen.
And it enjoyed looking back over the town from a vantage point.
I walked along this very autumnal path…
…which took me down to the river bank and back home. My feet behaved very well. This was a relief.
When I got home, I ordered a new camera. It may be possible to live without champagne and caviar, but it is impossible to live without a good quality pocket camera. (The camera on my phone is not great at all unless conditions are perfect.)
After this, I had a little time to watch the birds and was pleased to see that the/a blue tit had visited again…
…and that a mixed bag of finches and sparrows was on the feeder (I had replaced the missing perch).
I didn’t have time for a longer walk, a short bike ride or more bird watching as we went off to Carlisle straight after lunch because we wanted to do some shopping before going to our Carlisle choir.
Our choir conductor has just won a prestigious singing prize in a competition in London so she was in a very cheerful mood. She communicated this cheeriness to us and we had a very enjoyable and progressive practice.
Among the things that I bought on our shopping trip was a swish new feeder for the birds. I have put it out already so I will be very interested to see what they make of it tomorrow. The store where I bought it is having a closing down sale so I got it at an advantageous price.
I didn’t have enough standing around time today to catch a flying bird so this one, which was flying half a second before I took the picture, will have to do as the nearly flying bird of the day.