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Today’s guest picture was taken yesterday in Leicester Square, London by my sister Mary.  They are having a light show in London under the title of London Lumière and this was part of it.

London Lumiere Jan 2016 Leicester Square 003

My other London sister and my daughter both went to look at the lights too and they told me that the streets were packed with spectators.  I would have liked to have been able to enjoy the show as well.

We had a grey cold day here, almost devoid of colour but it didn’t matter as I wasn’t able to go out anyway.  Mrs Tootlepedal’s cold had completed its emigration from her to me and I was in full coughing, sneezing and spluttering mode all day.

Fortunately Mrs Tootlepedal was pretty well recovered so I was in good hands.

I managed to sit at the computer long enough to put a couple of weeks of the newspaper index very slowly into the Archive Group database so I didn’t waste the whole day.

On the subject of the Archive Group, Archive group member and data miner Ken dropped in after his Monday stint of piling up more work for me.  He told me that another meter reader from the power company had arrived unheralded at the Archive Centre today.  This didn’t add greatly to my general joie de vivre.  The power company has got itself into a mess as regards our meter and no amount of sending meter readers round in the hope that the readings are suddenly going to make sense is going to help them.   This thing could run and run.  We now have sent them three sets of readings ourselves and they have sent men to read the meters three times in the past four months (whose readings we have checked) and they still can’t work out our bill.

I consoled myself by peering out into the gloom from time to time.


There were plenty of goldfinches about

The birds have knocked a perch off the feeder and it is buried somewhere in the snow but that doesn’t stop chaffinches getting seed from that opening.


A flying pick up

Chaffinches are our versions of the humming bird as they are good at hovering.


One just lining up the seeds

The were very busy today….both male….

male chaffinch

…and female.

female chaffinch

I was reading in an article that migrating chaffinches are genderists and the males and females go off to different destinations on their holidays.

There were no bramblings about when I looked out today but one or two redpolls made an appearance.


I made a pot of nourishing lentil soup for lunch while Mrs Tootlepedal was out singing in the church choir at a service but that was the limit of my activity and I spent the rest of the day practising sitting around and bemoaning.  I have nearly got it perfected.

The flying bird of the day is one of the goldfinches.

flying goldfinch

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Today’s picture  (one of mine in the absence of a guest picture) shows the hills round the town putting on their autumn clothing.


I took the picture when I was out on my bike this morning.  Owing to a failure of communication, I didn’t go out with Dropscone as he was doing something else.  This turned out to be a good thing as I had a bit of a cold and felt awful and for once getting on the bike made me feel worse.  I was hoping to do quite few miles but I had to stop after twenty and even those took me a long time.  A cold and quite breezy easterly wind wasn’t helping matters and the warmth of the kitchen was very welcome.

I spent the rest of the day snivelling around the house doing little tasks that needed doing…..very slowly.

Sometimes I popped out into the garden. Mrs Tootlepedal came in to say that she had seen a butterfly and that has been so rare that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of a picture.

red admiral

It was a red admiral again.  Probably the same one as our last visitor.

It was hanging on the the swaying Michaelmas daisies for dear life and let me get quite close.

red admiral

I had managed to knock one of the perches off the feeder when I filled it and I liked the acrobatic way this little chaffinch was managing without it.


The sunflowers near the feeder are a popular perch for the chaffinches as they wait for an empty spot….

chaffinch om sunflower

…abut this visitor was unexpectedly different.


A closer look showed that it was a robin.

I am not a bird expert but I think its rather tatty appearance means that it hasn’t finished its moult.  Here it is in anther pose.


I made some nourishing lentil soup for lunch and that made me feel a bit better.

A great tit stood on the plum tree looking quite at home.

great tit

The sun came out strongly in the afternoon and I stopped work for a quick walk round the garden again.

The variegated nasturtiums were looking sensational.


And I enjoyed the phinal phling of a pink phlox glowing in the sunshine.


One clump of astrantias are still out.


Then the butterfly came back.  I don’t know anything about butterflies but the markings look so similar that maybe it was the same butterfly as came earlier but perhaps all red admirals have similar markings.

red admiral

It gave me a full display.

red admiral

red admiral

I don’t know of another creature which looks so different from a distance and close up.

The cosmos are nearly over but they were attracting a new sort of flying visitor today.


I would be delighted if a knowledgeable reader could tell me what it is.

I took a last look at the dahlias near the greenhouse…


…and went back inside.

In the evening my flute pupil Luke came.  We are going to prepare for a go at a grade two exam and this means forgoing the delights of baroque duets for hard working things like scales and arpeggios and set pieces.  He has been to see a proper flute teacher and has got some useful advice from her.  I don’t think grade two will be a problem for him.

In the evening, I went off to play music with Mike and Isabel.  I have recently brought a piece by Mozart, arranged for wind player (or violinist) and cellist with piano.  It claimed in the title that it was a light piece and it turned out to be quite playable and well worth the money.  You never know what you are going to get when you buy music sight unseen so this was a relief.

Thanks to my cold, I made many more mistakes than usual but we still seemed to have an enjoyable evening.

I have updated the French trip pages with another day of photographs for anyone interested.  Two days to go.  I must say that it looks like a very nice holiday judging by the pictures.

There was a flying bird of the day as usual and as usual these days, it was a chaffinch again.


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