Today’s guest picture comes from the world’s greatest baby’s other grandfather. Matilda is requesting some more demanding mental arithmetic and her mother is trying to think of a suitable question.
I didn’t have to think what to do today as it was perfect for cycling and I had nothing on my calendar to do instead. I should have thought a bit more carefully before setting out though as I forgot to take my asthma puffers and as a result found my pedal a bit harder than it should have been. I realised after about two miles that I hadn’t taken them but I was too lazy to go back so the harder work served me right.
Still, it was a good day out, with light winds and a well chosen easy 55 mile ride. I even managed to find a short section of back road near Clarencefield that I hadn’t cycled down before so that was a bonus.
I had Pocketcam with me and stopped to take the occasional picture as I went round but my legs were in a recalcitrant mood and started arguing if I got off and on the bike too often so I didn’t take as many as I would have liked. I even managed to cross the river Annan at Hoddom without taking a picture of the bridge there, which I think is a first for me.
Here are some that I took.
I had stopped for coffee at Hoddom because I didn’t know whether the pottery and art cafe at Dalton, which has good coffee, would be open. It was but I passed by, pausing to wave at their picturesque cow.
I stopped for my lunch on a handy bridge parapet near Cummertrees.
My final stop was too admire a touch of autumn beside the A7 a few miles from home.
To lend her a hand, I sieved a barrowful of compost after I had had my shower. Sieving compost is even more fun than turning it.
I should have mowed a lawn or two but I wasn’t up to it mentally or physically and had a wander round the garden with my camera instead.
And plenty of bees and hoverflies too
The birds are very scarce at the moment so I took a perching chaffinch just in case I couldn’t catch one in flight.
In the evening, I added some tootling to my earlier pedalling. First my flute pupil Luke came and we had a good lesson and then I took my new flute up to play with Mike and Isabel after tea. It is so much easier to blow than my old flute that I was able to play for much longer before falling off my chair. This was very was gratifying. I am really motivated to practise seriously but being motivated and actually doing it are not quite the same. We shall see.
After playing, we had some discussion about the absence of birds. Isabel has also noticed the drop off at her feeder and she puts it down to raptors disturbing the small birds. This is one possibility that I had thought of too.
I did get a flying chaffinch after a fashion today.