Lapping it up

Today’s picture is another from my brother’s Singapore stopover and shows the advantage of having artificial trees when it’s dark.

A night view of the park

I woke up feeling very well this morning which was a bit if a relief after a couple of poor days.  I took things easily in the morning as I didn’t want to push my luck and devoted my time to coffee, crossword and the camera.  It was a grey morning so the camera opportunities were limited.

gallery of perching birds
Even the perching birds were hard to get sharp.

This selection of (clockwise from top) chaffinch, brambling, goldfinch and greenfinch are our current stock in trade with the tits and sparrows obviously finding food more to their taste elsewhere.  Still there enough finches to keep me interested.

The feeder was crowded in the morning.
mixed bag
A set of four different sorts all looking serious except the siskin who is wasting no time posing.


A siskin got a solo portrait.  I am still tiddling around with some special effects.  Practice will make if not perfect, at least better as time goes by.


It always looks unlikely to me that the birds will be able to hang on to the the little bars but they seem to manage.

Having found that I really was feeling a lot better by lunchtime,  Mrs Tootlepedal and I discussed a joint cycle ride but the weather was a bit grey and it didn’t look worth packing the bikes in the car and going off to pastures new.

We have a philosophical difference about the meaning of cycling.  Mrs Tootlepedal thinks that in an ideal world it should involve going from somewhere to somewhere, preferably with a visit to a café involved in it.  I think that the existential act of pedalling is an end in itself and it doesn’t matter where you go as long as the road surface is reasonable and thus cafés are irrelevant to enjoyment.  As it began to drizzle before we had finished our conversation, Mrs Tootlepedal retired to her needle and thread and I got the fairly speedy bike out and pedalled up and down the Wauchope road to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back for two and a quarter hours.   This was five sets of a six and a half mile lap and it was just as interesting and fun to pedal by the fifth lap as it was at the start.

Sadly it was far too grey and wet for photos and there isn’t quite the same feeling that a stop would be a good thing when you have your head down and your knees spinning well on the fairly speedy bike as when you are tooling along on the slower bike.

The road to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back is ideal for me if I want an easy time as it is a gently undulating road with plenty to keep me interested and no long slogs to get me too tired.  I am slightly asthmatic and the regular change from three miles generally uphill to the three miles generally downhill gives me plenty of time to recover and in the light winds today, I managed a respectable speed for an old crock on a cold day.

This winter cycling has pointed out a really good point of the belt drive bike to me. Even if you are cycling on salted, wet roads, the belt never gets rusty and you don’t have to clean it after every trip or suffer the consequences.

The weather looks good for tomorrow so I am hoping that my welcome cheeriness holds on after today’s pedal and lets me get out again.

I found a very horizontal flying chaffinch today.




Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

28 thoughts on “Lapping it up

      1. Cameras still need operators… 🙂 Close proximity sure helps. Our bird feeder has not been touched all winter – and the little flocks are easily spooked when I try to sneak up on them. Spring will bring more birds back, so hopefully there will be more opportunities!

  1. It’s good to hear that you are feeling better, even if you are “an expert moaner”.
    He’s the world champion!

  2. I liked the siskin in its fancy frame also the 4 bird composite picture. So glad to read that you are feeling chirpier and hope that state of wellbeing continues.

  3. As I’m of the opinion that all action not to be done while either sitting or lying is a kind of “sports”, locomotion should only be a means to an end. So I totally agree with Mrs T. However, it is nice to observe your endeavours to enhance photographs that are already near perfect.

  4. congratulations on your very long bicycle ride – but I agree with Mrs T about cafe stops!

  5. Glad to see you’ve entered the philosophy arena and with your initial offering have given us something significant to ponder. While I tend to believe there is always room in a ride for a cafe, I also understand and agree with the notion that cycling for its own sake can be its own reward. I’ll have to think further on this!

    1. I don’t want to disrespect a cafe but life without one is more than tolerable.

      I am glad to fish your comments out of the spam folder where they were as you said they would be. Mysterious.

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