Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone. He has discovered a fresh treacle mine. Unfortunately, the discovery comes right at the time that Friday coffee and treacle scones might have to be put on hold, but that is life as it is just now.
We woke to some very welcome sunshine. Apart from the usual brisk wind, it was definitely a day when you could think that it might be spring.
All the same, it took me a bit of time to get going. I certainly didn’t spring into action after breakfast, so I didn’t make the best use of the sunshine.
I did pop round to the shop to do more some panic buying (another bottle of milk and some bananas) and then I watched the birds.
A dunnock was trying out the fake tree….
…and a redpoll was sampling the seed.
For once the feeder wasn’t full of siskins and the chaffinches were making the most of their day in the sun…
…though concentration was still needed to make a safe landing on a feeder which was rocking in the wind.
After coffee, I went out into the garden and was pleased to find the ‘maincrop’ daffodils had come out…
…and the first of the chionodoxas was looking very fresh and cheerful.
The tree peony is developing…
…and the crocuses had stopped lying down and crying, and had opened their arms to the warmth.
Altogether, it was a pleasure to be in the garden amid the smiling faces.
I did think of a bike ride but it was too windy for my taste. Mrs Tootlepedal was still busy with her work so I went out for a walk while she went off to deliver the very last of the brochures in the town.
I checked on the daffodils at Pool Corner and was surprised but delighted to see the first bee of the year in action.
There seemed to be enough pollen about to make waking up worthwhile for it. I think that this is a tree bumble bee.
Although the forecast had promised rain in the afternoon, there were enough clouds about at midday to make me think that a brisk walk might be a good idea. I was right. As I went on, the sky clouded over and it was raining lightly by the time that I got home.
I took a picture or two on my way. The moss on the wall at Pool Corner was looking very perky, and the lichen continues to enjoy the weather. There was not much to see in the way of fungus but a fallen branch offered a little taste.
I was looking for signs of spring, but I had to look pretty hard to see any. The tree trunk pattern has nothing to do with spring but I liked it, so I have put it in regardless.
As you can see, any flower, leaf or bud has to poke through moss or lichen to be seen
When I got back home, I checked on the pond. There were no frogs to be seen but in spite of some chilly mornings, some potential tadpoles were about. I will keep an eye on them.
With a final glance at these encouraging flowers…
..I went in and combined watching some rather depressing news conferences and parliamentary committees with occasional looks at the birds before the serious rain started.
There are different ways of approaching the feeder. A goldfinch took the high road….
…while a chaffinch zoomed in low from behind.
The kung fu siskin was back again…
…but the light got very bad so I stopped looking out of the window.
The day was punctuated by calls and texts cancelling our social life in the weeks ahead and now, like everyone else, I daresay, we have a calendar with nothing on it for the foreseeable future. I should have been playing recorders with our group this evening but that was cancelled too.
On the plus side, the weather forecast is looking decidedly more cheerful over the next few days so I may be able to get a few cycling miles in, and that might take my mind off the rather gloomy prospects that stretch ahead.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.
Footnote: I would like to take this opportunity to express the hope that all the readers of the blog come through the days, weeks or months of the life of this virus without taking any hurt. It is a worrying time but I am going to try not to dwell on the negatives too much in future posts. There is enough gloom about without me adding to it.