Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She thought that this food stall was very colourful. It doesn’t look as though it was doing much business though.
After more rain during the night, we woke to a day that was intermittently rainy and a little chillier than recent days.
It was too cold for coffee outdoors and didn’t look very promising for a walk or cycle, so apart from a quick visit to our local shop, I was happy to potter about indoors, occasionally checking on the birds.
Once again, there was a lot of coal tit action….
…but we also got a visit from a gang of jackdaws who strutted down the lawn.
Once came closer to inspect the slab work on the drive.
A visiting blackbird stood on the hedge. I have been told that we can tell that it is a seasonal migrant becuase of its black beak. Local male blackbirds have bright yellow beaks. It might just be a young local bird though.
The goldfinches were back again but they had a hard time, being threatened by sparrows…
…and even more sparrows.
Sometimes chaffinches joined in too.
It was too chilly and breezy to have coffee in the garden so we had coffee indoors. Then we looked at the weather and thought that there might be a window of opportunity. We went out for a walk.
This turned out to be a good idea and we completed a two mile walk round the Becks Burn route just before the rain started again.
The garden that a resident has made and carefully tended beside the track past Holmwood was looking remarkably good for the time of year, both in general and in detail.
Although it was still pretty grey as we walked along the track, the larches added a bit of cheer to the scene.
We saw a couple of robins on a fence on our way but only one of them stayed at its post long enough for a portrait.
We took great care going down the slippery path to the bridge over the burn and just as much care going up the even more slippery and steep path on the other side. We breathed a sigh of relief when we could look back down on the bridge.
By this time, the sun had come out and if you looked in the right direction, you could see a rather improbable blue sky.
Mrs Tootlepedal was keeping an eye out for fungi and she did spot a few, but there were not many about so I have padded out the fungus panel with a peltigera lichen.
We didn’t push our luck and came home by the direct route along the road when we got back down the hill.
We liked the way that moss on a wall was making artistic shapes by creeping out from the edges of its growth.
The sun had gone back in by now and the larches on the side of the hill as we went down towards Pool Corner were rather subdued….
…but things were brighter when we came to the corner itself…
…and we came across a relative of Mr Grumpy standing patiently at the caul.
I nipped quickly round the garden in a light drizzle when we got back.
There was no cycling to watch after lunch as the Giro has finished and the Vuelta was on a rest day, so I made the best of a damp afternoon by retiring for a long soak in a hot bath in an effort to relax my back which had got a bit nippy again.
Lying in a gradually cooling bath is not everyone’s idea of a good time but it suits me, especially if I have a bowl of fruit and a good book to hand. I had both today.
I got out in time to enjoy a Zoom with my brother and sisters and Mrs Tootlepedal. It was my sister Caroline’s birthday today so it was an extra cheery meeting.
Mrs Tootlepedal had put a lamb stew into the slow cooker earlier in the day and I added some potatoes and cabbage to it and it made for a very tasty evening meal. More rain is forecast for the rest of the week so I will have to find interesting things to do indoors.
Talking of indoors, the best flower of the day was to be found indoors. Mrs Tootlepedal has brought a lovely geranium in to keep it safe in the bad weather.
The flying bird of the day is a greenfinch, popping in to the feeder quickly while there were no goldfinches about.