Home again

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony.  He gets up early to walk his dogs and as a result sees sights like this.

Tony's dawn

It was another thin day for pictures for me as we spent a lot of the daylight hours getting back to Langholm after three days of fun in the city.  The journey was painless as the train was on time and we made our connection with the bus from Carlisle with five minutes to spare.

Apart from a brief spell near Penrith where the train  was engulfed by a foggy patch, the sun shone relentlessly the whole way.  However, the sun did little to raise the temperature and when we got home, there was still some frost on the middle lawn where the shadows of plants had kept the sun off the grass…

frosty middle lawn

…and a lot of frost on the front lawn which sees little sunshine at all in the winter months.

frosty front lawn

You would have had to have been half way up our walnut tree to do any significant basking.

sun on walnut tree

I filled the bird feeder up and a grateful chaffinch appeared a few minutes later.


After three days of frolic sandwiched by two days of travel, we were very happy to have a quiet sit down when we got home.

After tea though, I had to go out again to attend the monthly meeting of our camera club.

For various reasons there was a very small attendance, but the evening was still most enjoyable as apart from some interesting local shots,  Sandy showed some excellent firework images and Grace brought in a wonderful selection of pictures from a recent trip to Uzbekistan.  It is not every day that you get to enjoy pictures from the golden city of Samarkand.

All the same, we hope for a better attendance when we meet next in January.

The flying bird of the day is a Pukeko.  Now, some of you may think that it doesn’t look much like a flying bird, but when I tell you that it has flown to Langholm all the way from New Zealand, I think that you will be impressed.  (Our friends Mike and Alison may have given it a helping hand).


It is -4°C as I write this but the sun is due to shine again tomorrow so normal blogging services should resume.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Home again

  1. It’s always good to be back home even after some wonderful days away. Your Pukeko is also known as a swamphen…and they don’t like frosty lawns!

  2. You are getting some serious cold now. Our daily temperatures are on the rise here, and the latest prediction is for a mild winter. One wouldn’t know it based on summer and autumn. The climate bell is oscillating.

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