Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony in East Wemyss. He liked the early morning rather ghostly appearance of this ship.
It was dry when we cycled to church to sing in the choir at the Harvest Festival service. It was raining heavily when we came out and cycled home as fast as we could. In order to cater for the needs of the hard of hearing, we use microphones in our services and the minister was having some difficulty with the technology today. We picked up the gist of her remarks in occasional bursts of sound. It kept us in our toes.
I had hoped to get some sunny pictures of birds at the feeder today, but once the rain had started, it was relentless and the light steadily got worse at the day went on. I did see a sparrow curious about what was going on at the other side of the feeder . . .
. . . and a goldfinch who had forgotten to put make up on.
I think that some sparrow upstairs must have made a disparaging remark about that because offence was taken.
It was mostly a day for sparrows when I was watching, with a lot of coming and going . . .
. . . which sometimes led to violence . . .
. . . and there was always one more sparrow waiting in the willows in the background.
I braved the rain for a quick walk round the garden just to get a little colour into the post today. We won’t need to fill the pond for some time . . .
. . . but some flowers were doing their best . . .
. . . and although it was wet, it wasn’t cold and we have roses . . .
. . . and winter jasmine out at the same time.
I was hoping to go for a walk between choirs, but the rain was very discouraging and the light was very poor, so I stayed inside.
In the afternoon we drove down to Carlisle to sing with the Carlisle Community Choir. I was expecting difficult driving conditions. However, in spite of several hours of rain, the roads were not too bad at all and we arrived safely. We had a hard working practice, learning a new song and going over a couple from last year, and then drove home as dusk fell, with the rain having eased off but not gone away.
We had an adventure with the new air fryer for our evening meal. It involved strips of chicken, marinated in olive oil with a touch of curry powder and some soy sauce, cooked in one pot over a bed of couscous, carrots and mushrooms in chicken stock. It was quick, easy to cook and tasted delicious. A definite win.
The flying bird of the day is one of the sparrows.
26 thoughts on “A day of rest for the cameras”
The bird feeder activity provided some excellent commentary, and I enjoyed it! The rain drops making circles in the pond surrounded by autumn gold bracken was a very nice shot. The flowers decked in raindrops were beautiful, too.
The air fryer seems to have been a good purchase. Rick had been curious about them, and I will forward your report.
It would be well worth talking to someone who had used one for longer than we have.
The air fryers seem to be getting a thumbs up on various blog posts.
Your air fryer supper sounds delicious!
We may be having a day like yours but I’m not sure about the forecast. These days we have so many dire “chicken little” forecasts that contradict the radar that it’s hard to know when to batten down the hatches. Those west of us are definitely getting either rained or snowed on, but if the radar is right we’ll just get wet.
The forecasters have definitely taken to leaning towards the extreme side of the fence when it comes to either hot, cold or wet weather here. They don’t want to be held responsible for damage I suppose. But as you say, it does make it difficult to plan sometimes.
I like your son’s shot of the ship. It makes me wish I could hop a freighter to Tahiti for the winter.
We all need some downtime, even cameras.
I’m glad you had it out though. Those kind of ripples are hard to catch.
As I have a tendency to be sea sick, I don’t yearn for long sea journeys.
We had rain too. We didn’t however, have a ghostly ship or soggy sparrows. We had hot dogs and then we had a discussion on why I felt it necessary to snore through Antiques Roadshow.
I occasionally enjoy that sort of conversation too, mostly on household cleaning matters.
Yes, I recognise that one too.
Allan has done a bit of snoring during Autumnwatch lately. From sleepiness not boredom. I’ve never (as an adult) been able to fall asleep in a chair.
The Scots get all the best stuff!
As I get older I find it easier to fall asleep in a chair than in bed. I haven’t worked that out yet, . . .
It looks like an indoors day.
Sorry about your weather, the meal you cooked in your new gadget sounds delicious. Congratulations on being so enterprising.
Very impressed by your cordon bleu cuisine.
Your camera managed well in the circumstances. That meal looks inviting
It was good.
We had more luck… here the rain passed away during the night. Yesterday it was greay but dry and now it’s sunny again.
We had a better day here today which was welcome.
Don’t you love watching their body language. We will have 3 days of on and off rain so shooting through wet windows for me may be tough 🙂 Have a great week.
Luckily my ‘bird’ window is usually well sheltered from the rain.
I need to do that!
For me the winner is the gold framed pool. And of course the guest photo brought up memories of my own time at sea. Tough weather in Longtown, but to war m for the end of October here.
It is not so much that it is warm here but that we have hardly had any cold nights so everything feels quite warm for the time of year.
Couldn’t work out what the header photo showed- sorted later on when I saw your pond! I love winter jasmine you are fortunate to have a flower already to brighten your wet day.
I am not sure whether it is good to have flowers at the wrong time. It has been an odd year.