Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s Moroccan adventure. Thinking that my flying birds are getting a bit prosaic, she sent me these flying goats.
We had another miserable grey day here today, dull in the morning and getting wetter later.
Mrs Tootlepedal was extremely busy all day delivering the letters with the brochures regarding the community land buy out. Helpful volunteers did a lot of delivering too but she had a good deal to do herself.
I was really creaky in the morning so I didn’t help but I did manage to do some shopping and cook tomato soup for lunch.
I took a couple of peaceful birds in between times.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal had a rest for a while while the birds on the feeder went into full action mode in the rain.
A siskin showed off his kung fu moves…
…while a greenfinch dared anyone to come near him.
While siskins flew in every direction, a goldfinch got its head down and tucked into as many seeds as it could eat before it got attacked.
The hustle and bustle was relentless…
…and even the redpolls joined in.
An unfortunate chaffinch found itself getting abused by siskins from in front and a redpoll from behind.
The bedraggled blackbird was back again to have a peck at a fat ball which I had put out.
The rain stopped and I had a quick look for frogs in the pond, but there were none to be seen. One of the Forsythia buds had made it into flower though…
…and there is a yellow theme developing. The small daffodils are out but a bit oppressed by the rain…
…and the bigger ones will soon be out.
While there was a gap in the rain, we went up to visit Sandy and deliver more letters. He lives in Holmwood, a large group of houses which are mainly perched on the side of the hill. This means that almost every house is up or down a path or steps so we got plenty of exercise as we posted the brochures. Sandy provided us with a welcome cup of tea and some ginger biscuits to keep our strength up.
We went back home after a couple of hours of work and while I settled down to putting another two weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive database, the indefatigable Mrs Tootlepedal went off on her bike to deliver yet more letters. In the rain.
(If non Langholm based readers want to see what the fuss is about, the details of the project can be found here. Click on the button for the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve to get a picture of the possibilities)
The are more letters to be delivered tomorrow!
The flying bird of the day is a siskin battling through the rain.