Eye test

Today’s picture, from my brother’s visit to Melbourne House, shows a statue of Medusa who is obviously having a bad hair day.


I couldn’t have felt more different and was in fine fettle when Dropscone arrived for the morning run.  It had rained during breakfast but it had stopped by the time that we set out and although clouds threatened from time to time, we even got a bit of sunshine and a completely dry pedal.  My ankle didn’t hurt at all after a couple of days of rest and we managed a reasonable speed so the scones tasted extra good with our coffee.

I wore my new glasses and they were  very satisfactory.  They darkened when the sun came as they should out but lightened up well when the clouds came over.  This meant that the ride wasn’t as gloomy as it would have been if I was wearing standard dark cycling glasses.  I had loaded the Morning Run into my Garmin device as a course to follow and I was able to read the directions very easily as we went round.  The test will come if I load a course where I don’t know where I am going beforehand and  I have to read it or get lost.

The day alternated between sunshine and cloud and the cooler weather has certainly brought a lot of birds to the feeder.  It was hard not to take a picture of a flying bird today.

flying birds at the feeder

I took two perching birds as well.

haffinch in plum tree
A chaffinch in the plum tree in a gloomy moment.
chaffinch on wire
And a chaffinch on a wire in the sun with black clouds behind.

There was a chance to admire some garden colour.

Crocosmia, sweet peas and a clematis

As well as the birds, there were other flying objects too.

butterfly and bee

Not all the bird were flying though.

A blackbird doing a little sunbathing on a hedge.

There are definite signs of autumn creeping into the garden and these rowan berries are just one of them.

rowan berries

After lunch, Sandy came round and we set out to make the most of a sunny spell by walking up from the Auld Stane brig to the top of Warbla.  The light was interesting and we took a lot of pictures.  Here is just a small selection.

To start, here are two views looking up the Esk valley as we climbed the hill.  The first with a natural look taken with the Nikon….

Esk valley

…and the second taken with Sandycam and  having had a doing from the photo editor.

esk valley

There is a good track to the top of the hill and we were soon looking back down on the town.  It was basking in sunshine but rain was blanking out the hills a mile or so up the Ewes valley.  Sandycam in action…


…and the Nikon with my good lens on.


I took a picture of the golf course just to keep Dropscone happy.

Golf course

By this time the rain clouds looked very threatening so we left the summit and made our way back down the hill.

Sandy battling against a stiff wind

We stayed in the sun as the dark clouds passed us by a mile away, going behind the monument.


Have met many interesting fungi through reading the New Hampshire Gardener’s blog, I was pleased to see one of my own as we neared the bottom of the hill.


Even I couldn’t miss that one.

We got back to the house where Mrs Tootlepedal reported that a few drops of heavy rain had fallen in the garden while we were out.  We had definitely chosen the right direction for our walk.

Mrs Tootlepedal had been doing more heavy tidying up work in the garden while we were walking so we were all happy to sit down for a moment and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of banana and walnut cake.  After Sandy went home, Mrs Tootlepedal continued on her impersonation of Vlad the Destroyer and I helped out by shredding the off cuts.  There has been so much shredding done as a result of the clearing up that the wooden compost bin is now full so I started the business of turning the contents into the empty concrete bin.

In the evening, my flute pupil Luke came and showed that in spite of being on holiday from school, he is still putting in some good practice on his flute.  He has certainly motivated me to try to improve my own technique which is pretty basic.

The flying bird, picked from many candidates today, is a chaffinch.








Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

20 thoughts on “Eye test

  1. In the first set of photos I like the edited Sandycam one better, but in the second set I like the Nikon shot better. Probably not much help. You should be seeing more and more fungi soon-it’s getting to be that time of year.

  2. Some splendid views, and I liked the blackbird sunning itself. Also, glad to see the sweet peas are still flourishing.

  3. Wonderful photos, the landscapes are breathtaking. It’s interesting to see the natural photo compared to the one with a bit of photo editing. And now I’m craving banana and walnut cake….

  4. Did you take any “before” photos so that we may see the changes wrought by Mrs. T’s “destruction” of the garden? Nice to see your rowan looking so healthy – we call them mountain ash here, but they’re disease-prone and never seem to last. Lovely trees – even when the birds splash the berries about the yard.

  5. Great post as usual, always enjoy reading your blog. I don’t know if you like reading cycling blogs of a far off nature i.e, round the world cyclists, if you do have a look at Neil Baker’s http://www.blueonabike.com I’ve known him for a while, and he’s become quite a hero of mine. He financed everything from his own pocket, and did these rides completely alone, unsupported and for a very good cause. Sadly, his efforts were not very well publicised, and so, not a lot of money has been raised. Perhaps, you, your friends anybody who reads your blog could take a look and maybe make a donation. Hope you don’t mind me hi-jacking your comments section for this wee short message, cheers.

    1. It’s a camera that my friend Sandy won in a photographic competition and since he deemed it surplus to his requirements, he sold it to me at a generous price. It’s a Fuji X10 and a jolly good camera. It has a good lens, a reasonable optical zoom and is very portable.

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