Another day and there was yet more rain to greet us when we woke. Dropscone and I abandoned the thought of the morning run and settled for a treacle scone and coffee instead.
I didn’t have much time to stare out of the window today but that didn’t bother me too much as there was hardly enough light to take a decent picture of a bird.
After coffee, the rain stopped for a while and I cycled up to the town to do a bit of business. I was well wrapped up so instead of going straight home, I cycled on up to the top of Callister. On my way I dropped in on two of my favourite cascades on the Wauchope.
There was a fair bit of water running over them. The first one is just below Bessie Bell’s.
I think that this is my favourite at all times of year. The rock beside the river shows the the bent and shifted sedimentary beds that give our local landscape its rolling hills.
The second was a repeat visit to a small cascade near Wauchope School.
As I am a creature of habit, my next objective was to admire the lichens on the wall beside the road near the top of the hill at Callister.
I was going to take an even more exciting picture of one on a neighbouring stone when my camera battery ran out. I cycled on for a bit and then turned and whistled home with the wind behind me.
Mrs Tootlepedal had been singing in the church choir at a funeral while I had been out but was back by the time that I returned. We had lunch and since I was keen to go back to the lichens on the wall, I suggested a little walk to her which, entirely coincidentally, started from almost the same spot as the lichen covered wall.
She agreed and in spite of some light rain, we drove up to Callister and went for a walk along a forest track which we had never used before.
I did dally for a moment to snap the lichens.
If I was an artist, I could probably claim that these were all my own work and sell them for a fortune.
As it is, I would like to be able to name them confidently. I have been trawling through some internet pages and wonder if they may be Punctelia subrudecta.
Our walk along a new forest track was among young planting and did not offer much if anything of interest at close quarters but it did have the promise of some splendid views on a better day.
The new planting is very regimented and to me the trees seem to be stuck in too close for comfort.
I suppose that this makes them grow very quickly and keeps them straight.
We walked to the top of a ridge before stopping and spite of a heavy shower of rain on our return journey, we enjoyed ourselves. This was another new walk for us and another walk to which we intend to return on a better day.
After we had got home and had a nice cup of tea and a biscuit (there’s a surprise), it wasn’t long before it was time for my flute pupil Luke. He is making excellent progress on the pieces for his forthcoming grade examination and I am sure that he will do well in it.
I rounded off the day with a drive to Newcastleton with Sandy for a meeting of the Liddesdale Camera Club. This was the best meeting of the season so far. The visiting expert was not only helpful in his remarks while judging our entries for the panels competition but showed us a set of very impressive examples of his own work. These were of the school where there is so much treatment of the original photographs that the result is more an example of computer aided design than photography. Nevertheless the images were very striking and there was at least one for which I would have paid good money to hang on my wall.
He was obviously a man of great good sense too as he awarded my grumpy heron the first prize in a small field in the digital image section.
He didn’t mind the green background which was a blessing.
I did squeeze a flying bird out of the pervading gloom when the rain had stopped for a moment.