Today’s guest picture comes from my walking friend Mark. He took this delightful ‘light and shade’ shot across the valley from Warbla yesterday while he was having a late afternoon stroll with his wife, Leila.
We had another very pleasant day here today as far as the weather went, and the events of the day matched the weather.
Both Sandy and Margaret came round for coffee this morning so we were well supplied with sociability. When Sandy left, I checked on the bird feeder and spotted two of my favourite little birds under the feeder . . .
. . . and two wary chaffinches up above.
When Margaret left, I cycled round to the corner shop and received the only bad news of the day. My good friend John, who has catered for our every grocery need for more years than I care to remember is finally retiring. I knew that it was in the offing, but it was a shock to find that he will shut up shop at the end of this week. The ability to pop round the corner to fill up any gaps in our household supplies will be sorely missed. I went into his original shop on the first day that it opened, but very sadly, I won’t be able to go in to his present premises on his last day, as we will be away in London.
I visited the shop on the way to going to the tree nursery at Cronksbank with Mrs Tootlepedal on our electric bikes. We didn’t think that there would be any need to water the seedlings, but it was a lovely day for an eight mile bike ride . . .
. . . and it does no harm to check on the nursery, so we went anyway.
We were very cheered to find that there was no sign of any recent rabbit activity but we did find quite a few tiny fungi growing in the trays.
Mrs Tootlepedal did a little weeding before we left to cycle home.
On the way back, I stopped to take this view of the Tarras Water and the Little Tarras Valley . . .
. . . and the light was just right to emphasise the rather strange lump beside the river that is an esker left by a retreating glacier.
When we got home, I had a quick scoot round the garden. I found more flowers than I expected. One of the patio roses is covered with buds.
The birds have been eating the cotoneaster berries behind my back, but the lovely leaves are more than making up for the loss of the red berries.
I took my bird camera out into the garden in the hope of catching a jackdaw flying overhead, but got an unexpected treat instead.
Annoyingly, the little wren flew off just before I could get a really sharp focussed shot of it.
We had a late lunch, and then, since it was a good cycling day, I rushed out on my electric bike again, intent on going round my usual Canonbie route as fast as I could before the darkness fell. Using plenty of electrical assistance and pedalling as hard as I could as well, I whisked round the 20 miles at over 15 mph. I had to put my lights on before I finished, but it was still light when I got home. I wasn’t going to stop for any photos unless I saw a charging rhinoceros or something similar, but this ‘light and shade’ opportunity near Tarcoon brought me to a halt.
I even took a second picture.
My full day continued when I got home, as I was just in time for a Zoom recorder lesson with our granddaughter Matilda. She has been very busy doing dancing exams but she had enough energy left to get to grips with syncopation in a very satisfactory way.
That Zoom session was soon followed by another one with Mrs Tootlepedal and my brother and sisters, and then after a delicious evening meal of salmon and parsnips prepared by Mrs Tootlepedal, it was time to take projector, screen and laptop off to the Social Club for the monthly meeting of the camera club. Two of our members had had to call off at the last minute due to illness, but we still had eight enthusiasts present and they produced a very entertaining selection of pictures. We spent a most interesting hour looking at them. There were some good ‘light and shade’ images so the theme for the meeting had worked well.
I am quite looking forward to some poor weather tomorrow as I need a bit of a rest.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.