A bit of a blow

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He visited Sheffield for cultural purposes recently and enjoyed a sunny spell while he was there.

We had a very occasional glimpse of the sun here today, but in general it was grey and pretty windy again. Dropscone came round for coffee, bringing some of his excellent scones with him, and we enjoyed the coffee and scones spiced up with a vigorous political discussion where contrasting views were expressed. When it comes to politics, Dropscone and I agree to differ.

After coffee, I had a look at the birds and found a pigeon skulking around under the feeder.

Up above, a blue tit and a goldfinch enjoyed seeds and sunshine simultaneously.

I took a walk round the garden and found a few new flowers to go with the Jetfire daffodils. The daffodils seem to be getting redder trumpets every day. Pulmonaria, primula and chionodoxa are bringing a little colour to the flowerbeds . . .

. . . and there are potential flowers on every side now.

Things are looking up, even though it didn’t feel very springlike in the brisk and chilly wind.

I soon went back inside to prepare lunch. Outside, blackbirds came to look for fallen seeds.

I was emptying the kitchen waste caddy into the compost when I saw a very decorative snail hanging on to the lid of the bin.

I left it undisturbed.

I occasionally looked out of the window when I went back in, and I saw that goldfinches were our main visitors today . . .

. . . with a few siskins about too. Some of them were camera shy . . .

. . . but I had better luck with this one.

Encouraged by the glimpses of sunshine, I decided to go for a cycle ride after lunch. Needless to say, that was the last that I saw of any sunshine, and it even started to rain while I was pedalling. Fortunately this turned out to be a little weather gods’ joke and it soon stopped.

It was bad enough battling the strong wind. Rain would have made for a very miserable outing.

The recent rain had turned the field pond at Tarcoon into a small inland sea.

There were no gulls on the pond, perhaps because they were all at the far side of a field a bit further on.

The strong wind kept me concentrating on my on my pedalling and I forgot to take any more pictures until I arrived at my favourite little larch tree beside the river on the old main road. It wasn’t hard to spot the larch flowers.

I took two more pictures while I was stopped.

I got home to find that Mrs Tootlepedal had been busy in the garden while I had been cycling. The new hellebore has found a home. (I noticed that the sun had come out as soon as I stopped cycling.)

The sun soon went in, and so did I, but not until I had checked on the rhubarb patch . . .

. . . and the winter heather which Mrs Tootlepedal kindly planted so that I would have something colourful to photograph in the dark months. It has been very successful.

In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to take to the stage in the Centenary Concert for the second of the three performances, while I was picked up by my friend Susan and driven off to the depths of Cumbria to play music with the other two members of our recorder quartet. Mrs Tootlepedal reported that her concert went well, with a good audience in attendance, and as the recorder group had a very good playing session followed by tea and home made ginger biscuits, we both had a good night out.

For the curious, I should say that Mrs Tootlepedal’s appearance as the mother superior involved worrying with the other nuns about what to do with a problem like Maria and did not require any mountain climbing. The recorder group played music by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Tomkins, Corelli, Frescobaldi, and de Lassus.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch, one of the few I saw today.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “A bit of a blow

  1. The siskin looks as if he/she has poised very neatly for the photo!
    I like the colour of your Hellebores, I don’t have much luck with Hellebores, and I wonder if they are sulking because they are in Australia, rather than the Northern Hemisphere. My Scottish father always talked about heather, so I’m interested to see it, very pretty.

  2. We had quite cold and wet and windy weather today. I did not leave the house. You have much more ambition.
    I think Iā€™d find that some nice scones made up for some political differences. šŸ™‚

  3. That’s a lot of gulls in the field.
    The rhubarb has certainly loved the weather. I’ve never seen it grow so fast.
    That’s a nice color hellebore. It seems to hold its flowers up straight rather than nodding toward the ground.

  4. I agree with Laurie – Maria’s behaviour is worrying enough without throwing mountain climbing into the mix šŸ˜†
    You are brave debating politics…I steer well clear of that, religion and anything which has me spouting thar hideous phrase, “in my day…”

    1. We don’t often talk politics as we are content to know that we disagree with each other but it sneaks in from time to time. It does you good to argue in a friendly way with people that you disagree with. You might even find that you have been wrong all the time.

  5. Our weather is much like yours, but your trees are ahead of ours. It is good to see new life springing up everywhere in your photos. We may see snow again tonight. The birds have still be attacking the suet cakes, and I put more out today.

    I am having problems with WP and may have run afoul of the “Like” policing software when attempting to catch up with another blogger who posts multiple times in one day. I will be refraining from attempting to “Like” posts or comments for a while as suggested and see if that clears things up..

  6. I should have loved to have been a fly on the wall during your political discussions with Dropscone, though I’d have been frustrated at not being able to join in. There’s such a lot going on now, and even more in Scotland – and that could have repercussions for the whole of the UK.

    1. Labour must be hoping to pick up a few more seats here tough they are not offering us anything positive to vote for yet. The unionist opposition has had no policies except to be against independence for some years now.

  7. It was a bussy day at the bird feeder Tommy. Your garden flowers bring a lot of color. Only the weather is not in line with the season. Here also grey, rain and heavy winds for the coming days.

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