A lot more rain and a welcome return

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by our son Tony just to prove that as well as having almost perpetual sunshine, they get milk delivered in bottles in East Wemyss.

milk bottles east wemyss

We got more rain here, rain overnight and rain in the morning.  I walked round to the shop in the rain and then looked at some birds in the rain.

greenfinch siskins rain

In spite of the weather there were plenty of birds about…

greenfinch siskins rain 2

…and after a while, I put out a second feeder to meet demand.

second feeder goldfinches

The rain stopped in the late morning and I went for a walk while Annie and Evie caught up on a little sleep after a restless night.

In the garden, the hellebores are developing slowly…

hellebore

…but down at the river, the water was fairly rushing along again.

full river esk

I got blessed by a little sun as I crossed the Sawmill Brig and it made the moss on the wall sparkle cheerily.

moss glinting

When I got to the Lodge, I chose the upper road to Holmhead.  This was just as well as when I looked down, I saw that I might have needed water wings to navigate the lower road.

puddle on low road

The snowdrops at Holmhead have stood up to the rain well but like me, they would be a lot better off with a bit of sunshine.

snowdrops holmhead

Walking along the muddy path round the pheasant hatchery was a precarious business and I nearly slipped when I stopped to take this picture of tree bark and lichen.

tree bark

After that, photography took a back seat as the weather closed in rapidly and it began to rain quite heavily.

strom coming in

It didn’t rain all of the time though.  Sometimes it snowed.

After lunch, the weather improved a lot.  Mrs Tootlepedal, Annie and Evie went off to visit a friend and I went off to see a different friend.

Sandy has finally got back from hospital after a visit that was supposed to last only a day or two for an operation but eventually lasted for two weeks as other health matters intervened.

The sun had come out to celebrate his arrival…

sunny whita scotts knowe

…and as you can expect, he was pretty pleased to be back in his own home.

He wasn’t jumping for joy though, as jumping will be off the menu for six weeks until his plaster comes off.

sandy's foot

He can get about in the house and he has a team of friends who will visit him so he was far from downhearted.

As I walked home, I passed our neighbour’s flowering currant showing signs of growth.

hectors currant

The birds had eaten a lot of seed during while I had been out.

two feeders

Although it was too cold to tempt the crocuses to open in spite of the sunshine….

closed sunny crocuses

…there was another promising sign of spring to be seen in the pond.

frogspawn

I didn’t see any frogs though.

I went down the road and met Mrs Tootlepedal, Annie and Evie as they left their friend’s house.  Mrs Tootlepedal went home to cook, and Annie and I took Evie for a short walk in the (vain) hope that she might have a nap.

We looked one way to see the sun shining on Timpen…

late sun on Timpen

…and the other way to see first signs of blossom on the riverside trees.

blossom

We walked up Mary Street and looked across the river at the Noble Firs on the Castleholm.  Whatever strips the cones has been doing a good job and there is hardly a cone left to be seen.

noble fir cones

Annie was very impressed by the amount of polypores on the birch tree beside the road and thought that the fungi made an interesting accompaniment to the amount of man made kit on the electricity pole nearby.

polypores and electricty

Mrs Tootlepedal’s cooking skills brought us a good meal of brisket of beef for our tea and then we all collapsed into a quiet doze after a busy day.

The flying bird of the day is a double helping of siskin and chaffinch.

flying siskin and chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

34 thoughts on “A lot more rain and a welcome return

  1. Good to hear Sandy is back home and recuperating.

    Frog eggs! Spring is imminent. The ground seems to be saturated with enough water from winter rains that you are getting plenty of rain pools and high water.

    Good to see your birds are back, and taking in a lot of seed. Our golden-crowned sparrows showed up today, but they would not hold still long enough to get a head-on photo of their golden crowns.

  2. I hope Sandy has plenty of friends and family drop in to help him while he recuperates.
    I love the shot of the hills and trees in the mist. Worthy of a frame in my opinion.
    The hellebore is beautiful and so are the snowdrops, even on a cloudy day.

  3. The hills shrouded in misty drizzle have an eerie feel which I actually quite like.
    It’s definitely not cycling weather,and there doesn’t look to be any change in the coming week either.

  4. I’ll add my own “Glad Sandy is home” with the other comments. Wonderful juxtaposition of the birch tree and the pole. Baby Evie is probably missing her own home and her own routines. Being a homebody, I know exactly how she might feel. 😉

  5. I rate that photo of the electricity pole and the fungi too. Good to see the photos of the frog spawn, the crocuses and the hellebores just that bit of sunshine needed now to lift everyone’s spirits and to welcome spring properly.

  6. In spite of all that weather your spring looks earlier than ours. I love the responses of all those mosses, lichens and fungi to the wet. Where photography “took a back seat” looks like a painting.

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