A brief note

Today’s guest picture is a calm seaside view from Portsmouth taken by my sister Caroline.

Today’s post is just a brief note to say that Mrs Tootlepedal and I had an enjoyable if quiet Christmas day, with excellent food, a short walk, and digital encounters with our granddaughters.

There was a moment when we hailed a smiling morn . . .

. . . but it was just a moment and we were soon back to cold and grey weather, with a very nippy wind when we were out walking.

The birds came for their Christmas dinner, headed by the Christmas chaffinch . . .

. . . who was followed by a number of candidates for the Christmas flying chaffinch of the day.

Afire a good meal of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with some ham on the side, and a feast of roasted root vegetables, we went out to shoogle down a bit of room for a mince pie and brandy butter with Christmas pud to follow.

It would be nice to think that this might be the last year that the ugly scaffolding on the Erskine Church spoils the view . . .

. . . but we are not holding our breath.

We walked round the pheasant hatchery, enjoying upright trees, trees covered in wrinkles and lichen, cruelly ripped trees, and trees neatly cut to allow walkers to get through.

We are grateful to the hard workers who have cleared the paths.

The walk made just enough room for the mince pie and Christmas pud, and after our encounters with our granddaughters (and their parents), we had a light evening meal of cold cuts and whiled the evening away watching the telly, including a really good film called Don’t Look Up.

I thank all the kind people who sent us Christmas good wishes. Your good wishes worked. We had a happy Christmas

The flying bird of the day is one of the chaffinches.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “A brief note

  1. That was a beautiful glowing sunrise, I am glad you had an enjoyable day! The birds look pleased with their Christmas meal, too.

    It has been grey and nippy here all day, with some colder and snowier weather in the forecast. It started to snow last night, and gave up. None stuck, and I was able to finish digging the cable trench today.

  2. Shoogle – what a fabulous word! My goal for tomorrow is to use it in conversation as many times as possible without being totally irritating!

  3. Glad all went well and you were able to enjoy a walk as well as delicious food. I haven’t heard about shoogling before.

  4. Good to read that your Christmas Day went well and thanks to our digital world you kept in touch with your family. Well done to the Christmas chaffinches too!

  5. Some magnificent pieces of timber for an enterprising carpenter to use to make tables and chairs. The destruction of the storm can still bring some beauty. Mince pies, brandy butter, and Christmas pudding to follow. I have a very active sweet tooth, but almost a full year of no pedalling or any exercise of note has meant an urgent need to lose some weight. Already, I am missing biscuits, cake and puddings very sorely. Cheers.

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