Today’s guest picture shows the regular East Wemyss walking partners of our son Tony.
The forecast promised rain and wind but there was a moment without either after breakfast, and Mrs Tootlepedal seized the opportunity to cycle up to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back. The rain had just started by the time she returned, and then it didn’t let up until after our evening meal. Our local weather station reported that three quarters of an inch rain fell during the day. This is by no means a large amount, but it will freshen the garden up and bring things along.
On the down side, it was cold all day with the temperature actually dropping as the day went on. I nipped round to the shop after breakfast but otherwise, I stayed in.
This made for a dull day with only the birds to keep my cameras interested.
A blackbird was singing in the rowan tree again when I went out to the shop…
…and a siskin had the good sense to get to the feeder before the rain started.
After that, the rain came down and the birds turned up ready for an argument.
The feeder was busy and a siskin had to hang about.
At times there was a siskin overload.
We had coffee indoors and then Mrs Tootlepedal, who was in a very active mood today, drove off to visit a garden centre. I cooked some ginger biscuits while she was gone. As I had plenty of time, I weighed each ball of biscuit dough and ended up with a very evenly sized tray of biscuits.
They don’t taste any better for all being the same size, so I probably won’t bother with the weighing again, but it was visually pleasing.
After lunch we had an entertaining Zoom session with our son Alistair and our granddaughter Matilda. Matilda read us a story from the Beano, a children’s comic, and in a sign of the times it featured Hannah the Hacker saving humanity from enslavement by robots by using some cunning coding.
After the Zoom, I went back to watching the birds for a while.
They were wetter now.
A chaffinch gave me two contrasting poses on the feeder pole.
At the feeder itself, there was a lot of action again.
…but this quieter picture summed up the day well.
I needed a bit of action myself but didn’t fancy getting cold and wet ,so I resorted to a doing an hour of pedalling on the bike to nowhere in the garage.
By the time that I had finished, evening meal preparations were required, and following that we enjoyed the regular zoom session with my siblings.
The rain had stopped as the Zoom ended. I made a token gesture and went out into the garden for a few minutes before our evening meal.
It was good to see properly wet soil in the vegetable garden…
…and new tulips are coming up to replace the red ones which are going over in the bed at the end of the lawn.
A white dicentra has arrived, looking a bit soggy after the rain.
There was another flower to photograph when I went back inside. Mrs Tootlepedal has been nurturing a geranium which she had taken in from the garden for the winter, and it has just produced a flower. It will have to warm up a bit before it goes out again.
There is more rain to come in the week ahead and it is not going to get much warmer, if at all until the weekend. “Ne’er cast a clout till May is out” will be the order of the day it seems.
The flying bird of the day is another goldfinch.
Footnote: Yesterday’s post of April header pictures has been generally welcomed, but unfortunately many readers, perhaps those who get email notifications in particular, must have not realised that it wasn’t the proper post of the day, with the result that Sunday’s diary post only got two thirds of the usual visitors. If you like bluebells and missed the post, you can find it by clicking this link: Blue Sunday