Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He met this very low bridge on a recent outing.
We had a night of fierce winds and rain, followed by a day of fierce winds until the evening when they died down a bit. As the wind in the day was accompanied by a lot more miserable rain as well, I wrote the day off as one that was incurably on the debit side of the great ledger of life.
A few birds braved the elements to come to the feeder . . .
. . . but it never got busier than this.
Like the birds, Margaret braved the wind and the rain to come and have coffee with us. We had nothing in the way of news to exchange, so our conversation was sociable but not exciting.
I had not been happy with my second go at making oat and raisin biscuits, because, as Mrs Tootlepedal sagely pointed out, the results were more like flapjacks than biscuits. They were tasty enough but lacked crunch. I had a third go today, and learning from experience, produced a more crunchy biscuit. All this experimenting with making biscuits means that I now have to breathe in deeply when I am putting on my trousers. I am praying for some settled weather so that I can get some serious cycling in to burn up a few of the surplus calories.
I wisely avoided watching Scotland lose at rugby by putting a couple of weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database instead. Then I went out into the garden. It had stopped raining. I considered a short walk. There was even a hint of blue sky for a moment . . .
. . . but it was only a moment. It was too gloomy to make taking pictures any fun, so I cut my losses and went in to watch the France – Ireland game. It was most enjoyable.
It looks as though it is going to rain for most of tomorrow too, but the winds should be a lot lighter which will be a relief.
Since there were no flying birds of the day today, I took a picture of the snowdrops along the back path so that I could end this post on a fairly cheerful note.
Footnote: Although it has rained quite a lot recently, it hasn’t rained very hard for very long and I only have an inch and a half in my scientific rain gauge after several days. This is doubly bad as it means that we are getting bad weather but not getting our reservoirs filled up for next summer, the worst of both worlds.