The shock of the new

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.

tony's awesome waterfall

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.

goldfinch waiting

A brave soul paid a visit to the upstairs dining room…

first goldfinch on new feeder

…while a chaffinch tried out the mezzanine.

chaffinch on new feeder

A greenfinch arrived to give it the seal of approval…

greenfinch on new feeder

…and before long, the whole thing was in use, upstairs and downstairs.

full house at new feeder

In fact at times it got extremely busy.

busy time at new feeder

A goldfinch arrives and weighs up the merits of the upstairs and downstairs accommodation.

goldfinch deciding at new feeder

A greenfinch lets a goldfinch know who is the top banana.

greenfinch threateningf goldfinch at new feeder

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.

becks track november

I walked along the track to the Becks Burn and saw that there were still some crab apples hanging on.

crab apples becks

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…

fence post

…and a few oak trees hanging onto their colour gave a bit of contrast to a dull view.late autumn colour

I liked this gloomy combination of trees at the top of the hill before I got back to the town…

tress at Manse Brae

…and I appreciated the efforts of the young larches as I walked down the hill to Pool Corner.

larches at pool corner

The peltigera lichen on a wall nearby have survived a couple of frosty mornings.

peltigera lichen

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….

robin under new feeder

…but that belligerent grteenfinch saved me.

greenfinch flying

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

27 thoughts on “The shock of the new

  1. The robin is a handsome bird indeed.
    My better half has read somewhere that the robin is a reincarnation of a lost loved one.
    As it comforts her I believe it to be true.😊

  2. First the camera and now the computer, and all just before Christmas. It sounds like the same kind of luck I see here.
    The photos were still a pleasure, especially the dog lichen and the robin.
    I hope you’ll have an easy time with the new camera. Maybe the computer just needs some time off.

  3. The electronic leash to our various devices is both a blessing and a curse. The photos are still beautiful, and the Forests of Lilliput on the fence post caught my eye. This is the weather for mosses and lichens.

  4. I love your robin, indeed all your bird pictures are lovely. Sorry to hear that the computer is playing up, I know what stress that can cause!

    1. You would think that when the tech compnaies are so good at pilfering your data, they would be good at keeping the machines the supply the data working. No such luck.

  5. Glad the comfort food diet works as well for you as it does for me😁
    Technology is odd; run-of-the-mill when acting as it shouldand terrifyingly devastating when not. Hope your computer starts behaving again soon.

  6. The birds are certainly spoiled for choice of accommodations in that feeder. Sorry about the computer issues. I know we want improved features etc., but the frustrating thing about technology is the terrifying speed at which it becomes obsolete – or maybe it just seems that way because I have socks far older than my computer!

    1. The computer is quite old, though not as old as my socks, and that is part of the problem. I could probably cure the slowness if I could discover what is causing it but that has so far proved beyond me.

  7. I have a love hate relationship with our computer- when it does what I want it to it’s wonderful …on the other hand…! Lovely photos of the robin, birds on your feeders and all those trees. Hope you can sort out your IT problems soon.

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