Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. The parakeets in Hyde Park are so tame that this one came to her friend Garth’s hand without even being offered food.
In spite of being in a spell of high pressure which usually brings sunny weather, we have been getting a lot of cloud. This has been trapped near the ground and is reluctant to disperse. As a result we didn’t have any views to enjoy when we caught the train back north after our visit to Evie and other relatives.
What we did have was a punctual train. We were beginning to think that we might have become railway train Jonahs, bringing lateness and delay in our wake whenever we boarded a train but today’s journey put paid to that idea. As the train wasn’t even very full, we had a most comfortable trip and caught the bus from Carlisle to Langholm with time to spare.
Although we have had a delightful time in the south, we were still very pleased to get back home…
…even if it was even greyer in Langholm than it had been on the way up.
A few snowdrops in the garden promised a brighter future.
After a revivifying cup of tea, I took my legs out for a little stretch. It was reasonably warm at 8°C and there wasn’t much wind so it wasn’t a hardship to be out but there wasn’t a lot of light left in the day.
I walked round Pool Corner…
…along towards the Auld Stane Brig…
…where I checked on the fencepost lichen garden…
…and then returned by the track towards the town.
Meikleholm Hill was entirely encased in cloud…
…but on the other side of the valley there was a slight lift so that I could see the mast on Warbla for a while,
The was no chance of seeing the monument on Whita though.
We had lightly boiled eggs for our tea and will go to bed early in an effort to be fit to face local life again tomorrow after the excitements of the great metropolis.
I shall take this opportunity to thank my sisters Susan and Mary for accommodating Mrs Tootlepedal and me during our stay, and Mrs Tootlepedal’s brother and sister in law for our welcome to Marlow. We saw nine relatives (plus two alternative grandparents) in two days which is a very reasonable return of relatives per hour spent.
I have filled the bird feeder up to the top and hope for a visit from some garden birds tomorrow but in the meantime, the only flying bird action that I saw today was a noisy parliament of rooks having a break in their discussion while I was on my walk.
Note: I don’t know what happened to the posts from my phone while I was away. They didn’t have any allowance for comments for some reason. The ways of WordPress are often mysterious and as far as I know, it wasn’t anything that I had done. I am hoping that comments will be enabled on this post now I am back at my computer.