Today’s guest picture comes from my fellow veteran cyclist Paul. He likes the Lake District and visited this very fine looking vegetable garden at Lingholm in the summer a couple of years ago.
It was much calmer when we got up than we had feared it might be, and it soon became apparent that the storm had passed us by. In fact, I was just thinking that I perhaps ought to have gone for an early cycle ride rather than inviting Sandy round for coffee when a sudden very heavy shower persuaded me that I had made the right decision.
The shower had stopped by the time that Sandy came and we had a pleasant chat over coffee and biscuits. It started to rain again just as he left and it kept raining, with occasional short breaks, for the rest of the daylight hours. I stayed indoors.
The birds didn’t like the weather much and there was no sign of them until a small flock of goldfinches suddenly settled in the walnut tree around midday.
Even then they were reluctant to come to the feeder and it took a couple of minutes until the first one flew down.
But it soon got onto the feeder…
…and within another minute, it was all action…
It was still a miserable day though.
I made some soup for lunch and then spent a happy afternoon at my computer transposing some trios down a fourth to suit a different set of recorders.
The reason for the transposition was that that one of the usual recorder quartet was poorly and there were only three of us at our monthly tootle tonight. With due respect for the missing member, it was quite a treat to play some different music and the three of us had a most enjoyable time. As a result, it didn’t feel like a wasted day in spite of the rain.
All the same, we are badly in need of a spell of settled reasonable weather. Sadly, the forecast is for more changeable windy and wet weather so I don’t know when another cycle ride will take place. I just can’t summon up much enthusiasm for cycling when it is cold, wet and windy.
I hope to squeeze a walk in between showers tomorrow.
I did manage to catch a rather gloomy goldfinch as flying bird of the day.