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Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. It shows my sister Susan chatting to an old friend in Granary Square in London. (Susan notes that the flowers are plastic.)

After an inch and a half of rain overnight, we woke to a grey and drizzly morning here.

Chaffinches didn’t seem to mind the rain too much . . .

. . . and quite a few visited the feeder after breakfast.

Mrs Tootlepedal boldly cycled to church in a light drizzle, but I walked under a large umbrella. I was pleased with this plan, as it was still raining when we came out of the service.

Our organist Henry got married yesterday, and for some reason didn’t turn up to play today. No substitute could be found, so the few choir members who turned up joined the congregation in the body of the kirk, and we all sang to pre-recorded music.

After a restorative cup of coffee (and the last of the date rolls), I went out for a three bridges walk. The drizzle had stopped, but I took a small umbrella with me just in case.

It wasn’t a day for views as the cloud over Whita came down as far as the town . . .

. . . Castle Hill could not be seen behind the Town Bridge . . .

. . . and there was no sign of Warbla in the opposite direction.

Mr Grumpy could be seen though . . .

. . . and there were a lot of sitting ducks to shoot at the Kilngreen.

As I like misty trees, I was not entirely bereft of photographic subjects . . .

. . . and the Lodge Walks were looking very nice, even on a gloomy day like today.

I spotted a few more misty trees . . .

. . . and I kept an eye out for fungi as I went along . . .

. . .and found decorative leaves to enjoy, both on trees . . .

. . . and bushes.

It started to rain as I walked, and I was grateful for my little umbrella. I peered out from underneath it at trees on the far side of the field.

Did I mention that I like trees in low cloud? There were plenty to choose from on this walk.

At 15°C, it was very warm for this time of year, but I still didn’t go very far as the rain was quite persistent. I soon found myself going across the Duchess Bridge.

The path back towards the Scholars’ Field on the far side of the bridge had been blocked recently by a fallen tree, but someone with a chainsaw had kindly sorted that problem out . . .

. . . and I was able to get home with no scrambling involved.

I had a look round some very soggy flower beds before going in for a late lunch.

The best flowers were to be found in a vase on the kitchen table when I went inside.

Outside, a pigeon arrived to pick up fallen seed.

In the afternoon, I drove down to Carlisle to sing with the Carlisle Community Choir. The tenor section was extremely thin, and as we have to sit quite far apart at the moment thanks to Covid, there wasn’t much in the way of support from other singers, and the best that our conductor could come up with after one tricky section was, “Well tried, tenors.” Nevertheless, I enjoyed the singing a lot more than the Zoom practices which we had during the full lockdowns.

As we have no interval for social chatting these days, our practices are a bit shorter than they used to be, and this gives me a bonus. Not only can I listen to an early music show on my drive in, but I can now listen to some of a jazz record request programme on my way home. These are my two favourite kinds of music so I am very happy about this.

After our evening meal, I was content to collapse on the sofa and do a little television watching to wind the day down.

There were flying birds about today, but not generally at the moment when I was looking out of the window with my camera in hand, so this mishmash was the best that I could do.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

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  1. I like the mist in the trees too, but my camera has trouble with it.
    That’s a nice duck portrait. I like that header shot too.
    The blackberry leaves have nice color. At least I think they’re blackberry. I saw some today that were more bronze colored.

  2. I enjoyed all the photos! I love a good rainy day, and it is beautiful there in the mists and grey. Thank you for that view of the Lodge Walks. I used to like to walk in the rain when I was young. Back then a good rain kept down the number of cars on the road, and it was quiet.

  3. Mist among the trees makes for interesting ‘moody’ photographs. I particularly enjoy the first of your ‘decorative leaves’ pictures.

  4. So happy to see your Mr Grumpy! I’m also pleased to announce that we are having bits of rain and expecting more. Hooray! And I’m enjoying the misty trees here as well. Perhaps I’ll post some once I quit doing walks down photo memory lane?
    Looks like you had a thoroughly delightful walk. Followed by a return to some lovely flowers at your kitchen table. Life is good (on occasion).

  5. That portrait of the sitting mallard is outstanding. Braving the rain to shoot autumnal pictures deserves more than a pat on the shoulder – well done!

  6. Mr Grumpy befits my mood of feeling down, knowing your garden is coming to an end. Keep on sharing those flowers that keep on surviving! I certainly have enjoyed your flower photos this year, kudos to Mrs T and her beuatiful talent!

    1. After a slow start thanks to the cold spring, the garden flowers have done very well and given me a lot of pleasure. I am glad that you have enjoyed sharing that pleasure.

  7. Those pictures of trees in mist have made me realise I should get out walking or cycling. I should have plenty of examples in my picture gallery, but no, driving doesn’t allow me to stop as soon as I see something I want to snap. The re-surfacing of the roads all around our house has kind of penned me in. I had to venture out yesterday, to the dentist. This requires me to drive to Merthyr Tydfil, usually simple enough, but not yesterday. The surfacing work means we have to negotiate a three way set of traffic lights to get out onto the main road towards Aberdare. which I did, I thought successfully. only to find I was driving on the newly surfaced side of the road, coming up behind a road roller (remember the steam variety). The driver of which gave me a sign questioning my mental state, my remonstrations forced an apology, because the workmen had failed to adjust the signage exiting our street. Arriving in Merthyr Tydfil, I was too late to do some planned shopping before my appointment and too early to go and sit in the surgery, because of Covid. So, I decided to park some way away and walk alongside the river Taff into the centre of town. I had a rude awakening, as I found myself terrified of slipping on the moss and leaf covered cycle path and then on the wet surfaced flagstones in the town itself. Since my slip on moss last February, resulting in, yet another twisted knee and my TKR in June I think I have a real sort of phobia about striding out. Perhaps, I will need to get some of those walking polls. Recently, we spoke of the constant need for new roads to service the ever increasing number of cars on our roads, probably much worse here in south Wales than in your borders. Yesterday, as I drove up the A465 towards Merthyr Tydfil, it was very upsetting to see the destruction of woods, fields, hedge rows either side of the causeway as the Transport department widens this major route, travelling from Neath to Abergavenny. This widening has been ongoing since at least 2002, only now reaching our local area. And for what? As soon as it’s built it will be full of traffic and traffic jams. It’s a never ending circle that cannot be squared! Sorry for sounding off, it just reminded how we are destroying our planet at such an ever quickening pace. Cheers.

    1. I can sympathise with all of your comments here. I have to force myself to keep my head down while walking these days because I can’t deal with unevenness automatically in the way that I used to be able to do. I liked the fact that you were both too early and too late at the same time.

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