I would welcome some more contributions to the guest picture of the day, but in the meantime, I am very happy to have another fine waterfall from Tony and Marianne’s awesome holiday beside Loch Awe.
I am currently having terrible trouble with my computer. It has been very moody recently, and frequently refuses to talk to me at all. As a result I have had to resort to a back up device which doesn’t have my usual photo editor on it, so some pictures in this post are a bit hit and miss for which I apologise.
The main business of the morning, after a rainy night, was to look out of the window and stay inside. Luckily Sandy came down for a cup of coffee so that cheered the day up a bit. When he had gone, I had a look to see how the new bird feeder was doing.
A goldfinch was having a look too.
A brave soul paid a visit to the upstairs dining room…
…while a chaffinch tried out the mezzanine.
A greenfinch arrived to give it the seal of approval…
…and before long, the whole thing was in use, upstairs and downstairs.
In fact at times it got extremely busy.
A goldfinch arrives and weighs up the merits of the upstairs and downstairs accommodation.
A greenfinch lets a goldfinch know who is the top banana.
It was a day of constantly changing weather with rain on and off and even the occasioal blink of sunshine. After lunch, I peered out of the window and thought that it looked as though it might stay dry for a while so I went for a walk.
In sheltered spots, there are still leaves on some of the trees but as everything is rather damp, it feels as though autumn is pretty well over.
I walked along the track to the Becks Burn and saw that there were still some crab apples hanging on.
I was more interested in getting round before it started to rain again than in taking pictures in poor light, but a fence post caught my eye…
…and a few oak trees hanging onto their colour gave a bit of contrast to a dull view.
I liked this gloomy combination of trees at the top of the hill before I got back to the town…
…and I appreciated the efforts of the young larches as I walked down the hill to Pool Corner.
The peltigera lichen on a wall nearby have survived a couple of frosty mornings.
My timing was good because it started to rain just as I got home. Although it was only half past two, it was so dark that it felt as though it was early evening already.
I spent some wasted time trying to get my computer to run a bit faster, but it wouldn’t co-operate at all, so I gave up and had a cup of tea with Mrs Tootlepedal instead.
In the evening, Luke came round and we made some more progress in our flute playing. I have had to work hard to improve my own playing in order to keep up with him and we both showed results from practice today. I will soon have to stop thinking of him as my pupil and start to regard him as someone who is kind enough to come round and play duets with me.
I made a dish of baked eggs in spinach with a cheese sauce for our tea and reflected as we ate it that if the weather doesn’t cheer up soon, I will have to get the bike to nowhere in the garage into action. My weight gain programme of comfort food eating is going very well.
Because the light has been so poor, getting flying birds is hard and I was thinking of having a robin shot of the day instead….
…but that belligerent grteenfinch saved me.