The guest picture pf the day comes from my ex-colleague Marjorie who is on a toot in the Highlands and came across a well known road sign. It is famous enough to have figured in a TV quiz show last week.
The sign made an excellent guest picture today as it was an exceptionally dull day here today.
This was the mid morning view from an upstairs window on one side of the house…
…and this was the view from the other.
Just for the sake of a little colour, I looked down at the garden while I was there.
There is not much to be seen but the hedges and lawns please the eye even in the middle of winter.
You may notice that there are no birds at the feeder in the picture above and that stayed much the same all day. It might have been a bit too windy for them.
It was certainly too windy and gloomy for me and I was happy to have a cup of coffee with Sandy in the morning to help to pass the time. He has been suffering from a very painful back which limited his Christmas plans in a big way, but he was a bit better today and had almost enjoyed his walk down to visit us.
Unlike yesterday, when it was at least dry, there was a perpetual fine mist/drizzle in the air outside today which made walking unattractive. In the circumstances a trip to Gretna Shopping Village seemed like a good scheme.
This time, again unlike yesterday, the enveloping gloom did not let up at all as we went south and it was just as miserable in Gretna as it was at Langholm.
They have a very jolly Christmas tree though.
Being what they call an ‘outlet village’, you can never tell what stock the units will have on hand when you visit Gretna. We went in search of shoes for Mrs Tootlepedal and socks for me and came back with a vegetable chopper for Mrs Tootlepedal and a pair of pyjamas for me. We weren’t unhappy. That is the nature of shopping at Gretna.
And that was our day. It was fairly dull in every way (except for the coffee with Sandy) and I even made some dull soup for lunch.
There is wild talk on the weather forecast of light winds and sunshine for tomorrow but I will believe it when I see it.
A jackdaw was the only bird that I saw on the feeder today. Sharp eyed readers may be able to see a flying jackdaw in the background and that was the closest that I came to a FBotD.