Clouded vision

Sunrises are a current theme for guest pictures. After our daughter Annie’s Stockwell sunrise yesterday, here is one that our son Tony took a little earlier that day in East Wemyss.

We didn’t see a sunrise here today, in fact we didn’t see any sun at all as it was another exceedingly grey day and I don’t have a lot to say about it.

We cycled to church to sing in the choir with a threat of drizzle about, and we cycled back home with some actual drizzle. The service was rather grey too, with only four in the choir. With no bass on hand, as Mike is still in hospital, it didn’t really matter that we didn’t have much to do.

Our neighbours Liz and Margaret came round for coffee which cheered the day up a bit, but it was raining steadily by the time that they left,

The feeder was very quiet again, but there were some birds in the garden. I peered through the murk to see a collection of collared doves on the walnut tree . . .

. . . and a crow on a topmost branch.

Beside the feeder, a chaffinch posed on the fake tree.

Below the feeder, one of our regular dunnocks was busying about . . .

. . . and a robin looked about . . .

. . . before picking up a seed from the feeder tray.

I did think about going our for another wet walk before going to my Carlisle choir, but in the end, it seemed to me that staying in and not getting wet had slightly superior attractions.

It was ratining heavily when I left Langholm to drive to Carlisle in the afternoon, and as I splashed through deep puddles, I wondered if I would have been wiser to say at home. However, as is often the case in this sort of day, the further south that I got, the better the weather got, and by the time that I got to Longtown, the sun was shining and it was a lovely day.

It was the last practice of 2021 at our choir. We have been very lucky that our conductor Ellen has stuck with us through these rather unrewarding times. She gave us a very good session of singing on this occasion, and in spite of having to be socially distant and singing with masks on, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I was able to drive home without meeting any more rain.

There was so little colour in my day in general that I resorted to taking two pictures of Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday flowers to brighten up this post.

They have lasted well. The gift of flowers included a delivery of new flowers every month during the winter, so photographs of them may become a regular feature (if I remember).

I only saw two chaffinches all day. One was perching so this was the only candidate for flying bird of the day.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “Clouded vision

  1. I meant to say how much I liked your daughter’s shot of dawn but of course I forgot.
    Every time I see your robin I’m reminded that it is called “robin redbreast” because there was no word to describe orange in the English language until the 1500s. You got some good shots of it.
    Having new flowers come every month is a great idea.

  2. Your day sounded quite dismal at the start but I’m glad it improved with better weather to the south and an enjoyable and instructive choir practice. The shot of the crow in profile is very striking and of course, the robin is cute as a pin! I think the gift of monthly flowers is a wonderful idea, especially during the dreary winter months.

    1. We have had some sunny days but the general feeling has been gloomy. Still, only another fortnight until the days start getting longer again. Nil desperandum.

  3. Great sunrises from East Wymys,s and Stockwell yesterday.
    The robin is brightening up the day.
    Glad the Carlisle choir was worth the journey through the puddles.

  4. I enjoyed all the photos from your day, and am always happy to see the birds. That robin is as brightly colored and cheery as a flower itself. Our weather is like yours today. It is raining heavily and is a chilly 36 degrees, which I think is about 2.2 degrees centigrade.

    The Stockwell flaming orange sunrise from yesterday and East Wemyss pink and purple sunrise are both beautiful.

  5. The robin brightened the day as did the lovely photos of the sunrise and the indoor flowers. Love the idea of flowers being delivered through the winter months- a special treat!

    1. I thought that it was a good idea but we will have to see what the florist can come up with in December, January and February by way of flowers for a vase.

  6. Wet and dismal up there on the 13th, raining cats and dogs all last night and today on the 29th. Had to go to retrieve my bike from the Bike Workshop Merthyr today, roundtrip 40 miles through the aforementioned heavy downpour. The SwytchBike is working, and the eccentric pedal is in place. Got home and just put it in the shed. I have to say I am very nervous about getting back in the saddle. Cheers.

    1. I hope that it goes wonderfully well when you give it a go. Fingers crossed. My brother-in-law, who has one, says go carefully when you are steering the front wheel and putting on the power at the same time, especially uphill.

      1. Another day and it’s still raining. Sounds like I’m going to need coaching, does your brother-in-law live near? That’ll be a first, me putting on power going up hill lol. Cheers.

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