Wireless magic

Today’s picture is another from one of my brother Andrew’s walks with his wife, Catherine.  It shows a set of stepping stones in the river Dove. He bravely walked across them.Dove

Dropscone was off visiting Glasgow but the day was fair and I had every opportunity to go for a pedal by myself.  I spurned all of them in view of a strong, cold northerly wind and legs that were less than perky.   Rather than do anything useful, I stared out of the window…

A very badly painted goldfinch indeed. I think this must be a youthful  product of a very late brood.

… and walked round the garden.  A loud bird cry made me look round the corner of the house.

It was a starling shouting at the world.

On my way back inside, I recorded this nasturtium growing in the near permanent shade of the house by the back door.


I took sandycam out for a sedum close up.  They are not very easy to photograph but I was quite pleased with this effort.  The tiny white specks that look like dust or pixillation are in fact the tips of the petals.


Once back in side, no sooner was breakfast finished than it seemed to be time for coffee.  Mrs Tootlepedal and I certainly live life in the fast lane.

After coffee, I went to a meeting at the Langholm Initiative regarding the Moorland Education Project’s bird feeder station.  The birds are eating so much seed there that there is a financial crisis looming and we were trying to find an answer.  Gavin proposed that we should use that fund raising standby, a raffle and that is going to go ahead.  Bird photographs may be among the prizes.  It was also suggested that local people might like to sponsor a week of bird food and to that end, if any local reader of the blog would be interested in helping the project out, please contact me, Gavin or the Langholm Initiative.  We think that £25 would be enough to get your name in lights at the site for a week.  If you think that that is too steep, find a friend and share the pain.  Dr Barlow says that she uses the site for at least 80% of her work with schoolchildren so it is a valuable resource.

On my way home, I looked down Charlotte Street.

Charlotte Street
This is not a street to rush down as there is a river between the end of the street and the trees beyond.

I came home to find my own feeders quite busy as usual..

Blue tit

I went round the garden to check on the surviving flowers and was delighted to see the yellow rose was still in business, even if it was a bit bedraggled.

yellow rose

Our frost free days are coming to an end if the forecast is to be believed so the bud behind it really is unlikely to make it.

Pink rose
Lilian Austin is surprising me more every day. This flower is nearly perfect.

Mrs Tootlepdal loves the colour of this grass and is going to plant more for next year.


Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden and spent some time getting the wormery in order.

Before I went in for my lunch, I shook some sunflower seeds from the dried heads that Mrs Tootlepedal has preserved in the greenhouse and found a spare feeder to put them in.  I hung it on the plum tree and set the camera up on the tripod with the new wireless gizmo attached.  Then I went inside and tried it out.  It worked.

coal tit
A coal tit tries the home grown sunflower seeds.

I was very excited.

I took a standard picture through the window as well.   It was busy, busy, busy.

feeder action

I had a cheese toastie for my lunch, spiked a bit more of the middle lawn and then went off with Sandy to try the wireless gizmos out at the Moorland Feeders.

We set the cameras up and retired behind the willow screen.

camera set up
The cameras in place.

My camera was pointed at the woodpeckers’ favourite feeder but although a woodpecker appeared, it didn’t come to a feeder and I had to catch it at a distance with sandycam.


Even if the woodpecker wouldn’t co-operate, the camera did and I took a lot of pictures of birds from much closer than I would be able to get usually.  Here are just two of them.

tits at the Moorland feeder


I am very hopeful that the woodpecker will get used to seeing the camera and I will be able to get good close ups in time.

Sandy suffered from the birds deliberately annoying him.  When he put the camera to focus on a popular branch, the birds instantly deserted it.  When he moved it elsewhere, the birds promptly came back.  That’s life.

After a while, we packed up and drove a little further on to have a walk along the riverside.  We were surprised to find that the leaves had come off the trees in this sheltered spot before the leaves nearer the town and there was not a great to catch our eye as we walked.

Mossy wall at tarras
This mossy wall has been overtaken by time and bracken.

Once again, the fates were laughing at us and the sun came out just as we finished out walk…

Tarras valley

…and we drove home in beautiful weather.

Sandy is going away for a few day’s holiday and I hope to dazzle him with fine wireless pictures when he comes back.
In the evening, Susan drove me to Carlisle and we enjoyed another good evening’s playing.  For one reason or another, we seem to be playing well at the moment which always makes the music more enjoyable.

The perching bird of the day is a very finely drawn robin.






Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

15 thoughts on “Wireless magic

  1. Did you notice that Charlotte St has red sandstone on one side and grey on the other. The red is not local.

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