Today’s guest picture is another found in last months files. My brother Andrew sent me this autumnal shot of a bridge over the River Derwent.
At the moment, each day seems to be having a competition with the day before to see which can be the most gloomy. Today’s day won easily. It was quite warm at about 8°C so I did think about cycling, but the forecast was terrible with a greater than 95 percent chance of rain and a map covered in blue to go with it.
I stayed in and put an edition of the parish magazine of October 1968 on to the Archive Group’s website. Sandy scans, does the OCR and formats these and I add them to the web and we now have a good collection on our site, stretching from 1960 to 1968.
Then I put a week of the newspaper index into the database, so in spite of the gloomy weather, it was a morning well spent.
I had enough time left to have coffee, do the crossword and occasionally watch the birds.
There weren’t many about and they tended to come singly to the feeder. In an unhelpful way, many of them approached with their backs towards me…
…until I began to think…
…that they might very well…
…be doing it on purpose to annoy.
But in the end one or two approached from the side…
…or from behind.
They were very flighty today and didn’t settle. As soon as one came in, another flew off.
The sharp eyed reader will have noticed the odd raindrop in the pictures above but in truth, I could easily have gone cycling without getting too wet. Still, it would have been far too gloomy to take any interesting pictures so perhaps it wasn’t such a great loss.
After lunch, we went off to Carlisle. It is Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday today and as she really enjoys going to the pictures, we combined a little shopping with a visit to the picture house in Carlisle where we watched a film called Last Christmas. It has been very poorly reviewed in the main but we enjoyed it, although there were a few minutes in the middle where we both had to fight a tendency to nod off.
It is a good hearted film with a straightforward and kindly message to impart so perhaps it was not surprising that it wasn’t to the taste of worldly wise reviewers. I smiled a lot and laughed quite often.
The forecast rain finally arrived as we drove home. One of the consequences of having had a lot of birthdays in my life is that driving in the dark during heavy rain is not quite the fun that it used to be, but we got home safely and I cooked the evening meal.
One chaffinch did the decent thing and approached the feeder from the side while I was looking, so it is the flying bird of the day. Thanks to the gloom, I couldn’t get the shutter speed up enough to freeze its wings but it does show how still birds keep their heads while they fly.