Plenty of sound and fury

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He came across what looks like a very superior bug hotel in the grounds of Nottingham University.

After another noisy night here, where the roaring of the wind made it hard to sleep, we got another very windy and grey day today. On the plus side, it was pleasantly warm for the time of year and the forecast rain held off. It wasn’t at all an attractive day for going outside, but after breakfast, Mrs Tootlepedal boldly cycled down to take the minutes of a Langholm Initiative meeting. I stayed in and looked out of the window at the bird feeder.

We have a little group of dunnocks in the garden at the moment and I saw three at the same time today. Here are two of them.

I wondered why a goldfinch and a siskin were on the upper perches of the feeder when there was no seed there . . .

. . . until I looked down and saw that the humid conditions had caused the seed to to stick in tube so there was no seed at the bottom perch either to the bafflement of a greenfinch.

I went out and knocked the seed down and refilled the feeder. It didn’t take the birds long to realise that there was now seed to be had and it went down again at a great rate.

It was nearly midday when I ventured out on my shopping bike as far as our corner shop.

After lunch, I spotted a robin out of the window . . .

. . . but mainly we sat around looking out at the grey clouds and listened to the wind whipping through the garden. We were finally moved to venture out for a short three bridges walk just to stretch our legs and get out of the house.

The wind was strong but not strong enough to be dangerous . . .

. . . so we walked along the river, over the town bridge and onto the Kilngreen. The ducks were standing and floating rather nervously right by the edge of the water.

A look up the river gave a fair impression of how gloomy it was in mid afternoon.

I was impressed by how quickly the site of the recent bonfire has been reinstated.

We walked over the Sawmill Brig and round the new path on the Castleholm. Mrs Tootlepedal was intrigued by the two ends of a tree that had fallen across the path last November and which had been cut up to let walkers through.

It got steadily gloomier as we went along and it was definitely not a day for photographs, though I did record the only two wildflowers that we saw on our outing.

We had a look at the garden when we got back. I am grateful to Mrs Tootlepedal for planting some winter heather to give some off season colour . . .

. . . and in a tribute to Mrs Tootlepedal, the Special Grandma rose is still surviving. It was just a pity that the light was so poor by this time that I couldn’t get a good picture of it.

A long dark evening in waited for us.

The wind is due to die down overnight which will be a relief after two noisy days and nights.

There were lots of flying birds about once I had refilled the feeder, so the position of flying bird of the day is shared between four of them.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

21 thoughts on “Plenty of sound and fury

  1. I liked the shot of the wind in the willows and the flower on the end of the log.
    That’s quite a lot of sod they put down after the bonfire. That’s heavy work.
    It was nice to see the winter heather. I don’t think I’ve seen it.

  2. I hope the weather gets better soon πŸ™‚ What a beautiful insect hotel !
    What a clever way to restore the grass, where the bonnfire was.

  3. It does look like a dreary windy day hope the weather improves for you soon. We’ve been fortunate today to have a dry, mild day so the lawns have been cut! Good to see the lovely heather flowering any bees about will enjoy it too!

  4. We get some really strong winds here on the U.S. prairie so I can fully appreciate how hard it is to relax when it’s blowing a gale. Glad things have calmed down.

  5. I enjoyed Andrew’s bug hotel photo as well as your selection. Any resident bugs should be quite snug this winter.

    The birds must have been quite happy to have you rectify the sticking seed in the feeder. I enjoyed seeing those serious little dunnocks, too.

    Late autumn and winter windstorms can blow pretty hard. I remember many winters when the wind made a long, low howl around the house, sounding like a banshee.

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