Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. She visited Regents Park on a day when, judging by the deckchairs, the wind didn’t know which way it was blowing.
Here, the rain gauge said it all.
It has been raining a lot lately and it rained all night and most of the day today. We wisely stayed indoors and found useful things to do.
I did totter out under my big umbrella as far as our corner shop but otherwise I read the newspapers from cover to cover, did two (easy) crosswords, drank coffee and watched some photo editing tutorials.
Just before lunch, I took a moment to see how the birds were doing in the rain.
In spite of the weather, the feeder was busy.
On wet day, some birds seem to suffer more than others. Today a redpoll looked to have got the wettest.
I did do something useful during the day as Sandy has scanned official brochures for the opening of the town sewage works and new fire station, and he sent them to me today. I added them to the Archive Group’s resource page on its website. The brochures were presented to the group by our neighbour Irving. It is good that people are interested in preserving a record of the history of the town.
In the afternoon, I checked on the garden. It was wet…
…and flowers were literally depressed.
Mrs Tootlepedal had some business to do in the town so we combined that with a trip in the car to the Co-op where we topped up on essentials like cheese, and used the can and glass recycling facilities.
And then, it finally stopped raining.
And the sun came out…
…so I went for a walk.
I passed the church, back to its normal colour after last night’s illuminations…
…and was slightly surprised not to see more water running down the mighty Wauchope and under the Kirk Bridge.
The Esk was just low enough to allow the regular gull to stand in its favourite spot.
When I got to the meeting of the waters where the Esk and the Ewes join together, it would have been easy to forget the grey and gloomy morning in the pleasant afternoon sunshine if it wasn’t for the height of the rivers.
Ducks hung close to the bank in a calmer spot….
…while Mr Grumpy kept well away from the river bank, standing in the long grass on the Castleholm.
I didn’t have time to hang around as I was anxious to take part in our sibling Zoom (now only three times a week) so I only noted a tree trunk…
…and two of the many lovely roses in Mike and Alison Tinker’s garden as I passed. They were taking advantage of the better weather to have a look round.
When I got home, the garden in the afternoon could hardly have provided a bigger contrast to the morning…
…sad poppies had looked up…
…and there was plenty of colour to enjoy again.
After the family Zoom and our evening meal, Mrs Tootlepedal and I drove up the hill to the Langholm Moor in the hope of seeing some interesting bird life. Annoyingly, the skies had clouded over again and it was rather grey when we parked. Not a bird was to be seen so we drove down to the little car park on the banks of Tarras Water and I went for a very short walk while Mrs Tootlepdal scanned the skies.
Even on a grey evening, the Tarras valley is a tranquil spot…
…but the river was positively exciting.
Mrs Tootlepedal hadn’t seen anything while I was out cascade hunting but as soon as I got back into the car, a harrier appeared on the skyline and we were able to watch a fine display of how to fly in a strong wind. The harrier was too far away for my camera so I was happy to be a proper bird watcher and use my binoculars. There is no doubt that you can see and enjoy a lot more when you are not fussing about trying to get a picture. There were several birds about so we thought that our trip had been worthwhile.
On our way home, we saw another raptor flying over the slopes beside the monument, once again too far away for a proper picture….
…and too far, even with the binoculars, for us to be certain whether it was a buzzard or a harrier.
It was only 10 degrees C as we drove home, still cool for the time of year and tomorrow is set to be another cool and decidedly windy day. It looks as though July is going to be a write off as far as summer weather is concerned, but to add insult to injury, the forecasters are predicting that July 31st is going to be really hot for a single day.
The flying bird of the day is a siskin trying to avoid the raindrops.