Many a slip

Today’s picture shows just how desperate the cabin fever is getting in the Tootlepedal household. Mrs Tootlepedal is polishing a stainless steel spoon.mrs t

I have to watch out myself. If I stand still too long, I get dusted.

The day started with a double dose of sociability. Our neighbour, Liz, joined us for a cup of tea. Of course, we had just had breakfast but she had already walked her dog and seen to her sheep. She has been up and down to her field every day in the worst of the slippery conditions. She is tough.

After she went, we were visited by Dropscone for our customary cup of coffee. In answer to a request from Dropscone’s niece in Virginia, he has kindly sent me his recipe for drop scones and I append it here:

Dropscone’s drop scones:
Measurements are very vague as everything is done by feel.
Oil (veg, sunflower etc.) about 3 table spoons)
Sugar to taste. (T/P likes them sweet)
1 egg (hen)
Touch of salt
Beat with whisk (remember to put ingredients in bowl)
Add milk, about half a cup or a little more. Old milk works better.
Stir again
Add self rising flour or plain with baking powder till you have a runny
batter that drops off a spoon. Note, it will thicken up so start with it quite soft.
Heat non stick frying pan on medium heat and put a smear of oil on the pan.
Drop mixture from spoon, about three at a time in pan and when they start to bubble turn with pallet knife. They will take less time to cook on the other side.
Remove from pan and eat as quickly as possible as they are at their best while still warm.

I personally can recommend them but I have the feeling that even if I followed the recipe carefully, they wouldn’t come out as well as his.

While all this conversation was going on, the weather was truly horrible outside. The forecast rain turned out to be a heavy sleet which added even more slush on top of the ice that was already there. Dropscone gave me a lift to the High Street after our coffee where I purchased some mince to see me through the worst of the weather.

Then I walked down to the Buccleuch Centre and book tickets for a number of forthcoming shows. The spring schedule has a lot of good stuff in it which I will no doubt report upon when we have been to the shows. Simon Mayor, the notable mandolin player, is coming to Keswick soon as well so we are in for treats all round. The going underfoot was very tricky and I had to walk with great care.

Thanks to the new camera,  I was able to take pictures during the morning in very poor conditions. You can see the sleet in the photos.

brambling siskin
A brambling and siskin at the peanuts


Dropscone remarked how waterproof the birds feathers must be but even they began to look a bit bedraggled today.

siskin goldfinch
A siskin and a goldfinch

Some of the birds seemed to be more damp-proof than others.


The bramblings were back in force today.

Usually they don't bother with peanuts so times must be hard

In the afternoon I was going to go for a walk but it was so horrible that I invited Bruce round to do some more work on the Railway section of the Heritage DVD. We are recording an illustrated journey up the old Langholm branch line and I am finding it very interesting so I hope the audience will too.

In the evening, I went to the bowling club and enjoyed an excellent hour of slot car racing with Grant. Unfortunately on the way back, I managed to fall over yet again. This time I suffered from nothing worse than a wet bum and a nagging feeling of stupidity. It was amazingly slippery considering that it had been raining steadily all day and if the temperature drops overnight, I dread to think what it will be like tomorrow.



Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

11 thoughts on “Many a slip

  1. Was so sorry to read that you fell again, what bad luck. Thanks for naming the birds, I still get muddled! I do hope the ice will be gone by today.

  2. So sorry to hear it is still so slippery! What horrible weather. The brambling appears unperturbed.
    Grey again here. We are very short of sunshine in the South!

  3. I tried Dropscone’s drop scone recipe this morning… they were excellent! In fact the last ones inthe batch looked just like the ones we used to enjoy from Mattha Likle’s shop.
    A note for Dropscone’s niece – they are very like the breakfast pancakes we have in North America but because they have a bit more oil and sugar in the recipe, they turn out smooth and shiny. They are excellent with butter and /or jam instead of maple syrup.

    1. I am really glad you enjoyed them, Joyce. I always do. Dropscone looked in his wedding cake book to see if he could find you but the one he has didn’t go back far enough (I realise that that doesn’t sound very polite and I apologise). Would it be too nosy to ask you to reveal your maiden name. Dropscone always likes to know who everyone is.

      1. I agree that Dropscone would have to go back quite a long way to find our wedding cake….. June 8th, 1968 to be exact. The cake was absolutely beautiful, three tiers, dark fruit, exquisitely iced as only Little’s could do! lt cost the hard-to-believe sum of seven pounds 10 shillings and when my mother and I went to pay the bill, Dropscone’s aunt ( Matt’s wife) gave me a tin of tea as a gift. Where else but Langholm!
        Now for the identity reveal…. My maiden name was Patterson and I grew up in the Crudens. Dropscone will remember my grandparents William and Lily Beattie who lived just below Sorbie Cottage on the Brewery Brae. I remember staying at my Granny’s and the delicious smell of bread baking would come wafting over the wall. I would also be sent round for the skinnies in the morning. Delicious!!

  4. I am very privileged as I don’t have to go round for the drop scones, they come to me. I am glad to find that you lived in what can only be described as the best part of town.

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