Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon. He wanted to show me that they have frosty fences in Canonbie too.
After a some sunny but cold days, it was a shock to wake up to tenths tenths mist today, and it was annoying to find that it was still cold. We had little incentive to rush out into the world.
The mist did clear as the morning went on but as it was replaced by persistent rain, we weren’t any better off. I turned idling into an art form and did nothing noticeable until I went for a pedal to nowhere in the garage for an hour before lunch.
Before I had my coffee, I spent five minutes looking out of the window into the gloom, and I took an excellent picture of a hole in the hedge into which a wren had disappeared a second before I clicked the shutter.
I was entertained by two noisy blackbirds airing their views…
…and then I was just in time to catch a rear view of the wren scurrying away from the other side of the hedge with its characteristic tipped up tail.
I could see what sort of day it was going to be so I turned away and took a picture of a goldfinch on the feeder.
When I turned back again, I found that to my amazement the wren had popped up onto some stalks.
It was too far away, the light was appalling and it was hiding behind a twig, but it was undoubtedly, a picture of a wren in the garden, a very infrequent occurrence.
And then it turned round and gave me another go. The light was still rotten but it cheered me up immensely.
On the feeder, there was a sudden burst of activity…
…which quickly evaporated, leaving a blackbird below…
…and female chaffinch on the feeder…
…and a robin reaching into the peanut butter jar.
All in all, quite a productive five minutes in an otherwise lazy morning.
After lunch, I spent a moment watching a robin posing…
…and then I had genuinely intended to put on a lot of wet weather gear and go for a walk, but it was so gloomy and the rain so persistent that first my resolve crumbled and then my legs crumpled. Luckily there was a sofa at hand to receive my falling body.
It was so comfortable that I stayed there for a long time.
Here there should be one of those screens that appear in films that say:
“Three hours later.”
But that would imply that something exciting was going to happen. It didn’t.
After our evening meal, I retired to my computer to write this post, and to brighten things up I lit a fire. This provided the only ray of colour in the day.
One good thing that did happen during the day was a text from the NHS to say that both Mrs Tootlepedal and I had tested negative for Covid. This wasn’t a great surprise but it was very welcome all the same. We were impressed by how quickly the test result had been returned. This is useful when you are trying to control outbreaks.
The forecast is a bit better for tomorrow thank goodness. It was probably just as well that I didn’t go for a walk today as there were reports of very icy paths on our local facebook pages.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.