Today’s guest picture comes by way of my friend and fellow church choir member Anne. Her friend Mary Jane from New York spotted this hawk having a quiet sit down on a park bench and kindly sent the picture to her.
There was a moment after breakfast when the sun came out.
Since we had just had another night of rain and I had emptied another five inches of rain for the week out of Mary Jo’s rain gauge, this came as a bit of a shock and I took some time to get adjusted to it.
Eventually, I pulled myself together and went out to go as far as I could on my bike before it started raining again.
I went up the Wauchope road and was not entirely impressed by the work that had been done on the landslip…
…but it made a nice ornamental fountain.
There was still some low cloud about and the sun was struggling to get above the hills so I did a lot of cycling in the shade….
…but I did get a sunny view…
I went to the top of Callister but the prospect was very gloomy beyond that, so I turned for home but took a short deviation up the hill past the Bloch to add a couple of miles to my trip. The view from the top there was not encouraging either…
…and as the sun disappeared, I made for home as fast as I could. This turned out to be rather slowly as my legs were complaining after a week of walking.
I was hoping to get twenty miles in, but as I passed our house with a mile and a half still to go, it started to rain and I saw Mrs Tootlepedal and Margaret packing up their garden coffee meeting. I took the hint and stopped pedalling and went in and had a coffee myself.
After lunch, I watched the birds for a while…
…but the birds were avoiding me and only the occasional visitors arrived.
It grew increasingly gloomy as the afternoon went on, but it was dry when I poked my head out of the back door, so I persuaded Mrs Tootlepedal to come out and spend some time on the drive project. The ground is very soggy and it was far from perfect working conditions. It was so dark that it was hard to read the spirit level, but all the same, Mrs Tootlepedal got things levelled and we got two slabs shifted into the right place in front of the front door.
Because I have so few pictures today, I have put two views of the finished work in: sideways….
…and head on.
It was dusk by the time that we finished.
Mrs Tootlepedal rescued a bud from the Lillian Austin rose some days ago and stuck it hopefully into a small vase in the kitchen. Her hopes have been realised….
…so we might try to rescue another bud as there are still one or two on the plant.
I have ten miles to go to reach my (amended) cycling target for the year, and I may have to go out bicycling in the rain because we are going to get some better weather later next week but it will come with frosts that will keep me off my bike. I won’t mind as long as the sun shines for a bit longer than it did today.
Maybe the cooler weather will bring some siskins or bramblings to the garden. We are very dull birdwise at the moment and as a result here is another chaffinch as flying bird of the day.