Today’s guest picture is another from camera club member Simon’s recent walk in our hills. It was so grey today that I thought we needed at least one bit of sunshine to brighten up the day.
Storm Dennis arrived softly but it was raining by coffee time and the wind got up as the day went on. Luckily we seemed to have been spared the worst once again but it was still a gloomy and miserable day.
Like the rain, the birds arrived slowly and a lone siskin started things off…
…although when it looked left, it saw a bird arriving…
…and when it looked right, it saw that another had arrived.
In the end it stopped looking around and concentrated on eating seed.
Once the siskins had taken over the whole feeder, new comers got a dusty welcome whether they came from on high…
…or on the level.
The rain occasionally eased off and the gusty wind dropped too…
…but it soon started to blow again.
I took advantage of a moment when the rain had dropped to a drizzle to walk to the shops and purchase some necessities. There was cheese involved. I was pleased to have the ample hood on my new coat to protect me from the rough wind.
When I got home, I checked to see what was going on in the garden. It is quite warm today at 10 degrees C and the early daffodils seemed quite perky…
..while some crocuses…
…had even defied the elements and opened their petals.
The rhubarb is still sulking. Following a conversation with our friend Mike, Mrs Tootlepedal is going to put a bucket over one shoot and try a little forcing.
After a quiet afternoon in front of the telly, I took a walk down to the Wauchope to see if the rain had caused it to rise. It was still pretty calm.
This was more than I was as I went home, because a tremendous gust of wind accompanied by a mini deluge of rain filled my wellies with water and got my socks wet.
I went out again at seven o’clock in the evening when the rain had stopped to see what was what.
The Wauchope was full but not alarming but the Esk was raging.
…and dangerously close to its banks.
Quite a few others were out doing some river watching too and this lady showed my some pictures of severe flooding in our neighbouring village Newcastleton, which is just over the hill from us.
We have more than enough water in our river so here’s hoping that we don’t get more. It was still rising even though the rain had stopped.
An orange street light at the suspension bridge showed how high the water is.
More strong winds and rain are forecast for tomorrow so we will just have to wait and see what happens.
A siskin is the flying bird of the day.