Today’s picture shows Blackfriars Station in London stretching across Blackfriars Bridge. The station has been completely roofed with photo voltaic panels which provide 50% of the station’s power needs. My sister Mary passed it on her walk today.
We didn’t have any sun worth speaking about here today but we did have a dry, warm day so I set off round the morning run by myself. For a change, I did it in the wrong direction and the relatively windless conditions let me do a good time.
Although I am often quite tired, I am definitely getting fitter at the same time and I was able to press a bit as I went along without my legs or lungs complaining too much. This is a great treat as there is nothing better than coming to a modest undulation in the road and being able to sweep over the top of it as though it was flat instead of having to change gear and puff up it slowly.
Even better was the fact that I wasn’t particularly tired when I got back and after a suitable pause for half a protein recovery bar and a couple of cups of coffee, a look out of the window,….
…and a walk round the garden, camera in hand….
They had built a little dam and were pumping the stream across the road in a pipe while they worked under the bridge itself. I took a point and shoot camera up to record this but perhaps because it hasn’t been used for quite a long time, it refused to work and I may have to go up and try again another time. Once again we were blown home by a favouring wind which had got up considerably compared with my earlier ride.
There was just time for a quick shower and lunch before I had to get off to the tourist information point at the Kilngreen to do my regular duty.
I had a hard time this week as I had so many visitors asking for information plus two social visits from Sandy and Jean that I hardly had time to finish my crossword. Somehow I survived.
The reason that I had cycled round the morning run alone was that Dropscone was organising and playing in the Langholm Seniors Open Golf Tournament so Sandy and I went up to visit the golf course when I closed up the office.
We were just in time to catch Dropscone teeing off at the tenth hole (that’s the first for the second time, as it is only a nine hole course).
He is always complaining that there are too many bird pictures on the blog so I hope a few golf pictures will make him happy.
The golf course is set on the hillside above the town and there is always the consolation of a fine view if you foozle a shot.
The course was in lovely condition and it was a treat to walk round it. We saw swings of all sorts as we walked.
We could also see Sandy’s house across the other side of the valley.
As you can see, he lives right on the edge of the town which is why he gets woodpeckers, nuthatches and squirrels in his garden.
As we walked back down to the clubhouse, we saw a member of the club giving some tuition to a bunch of youngsters. This was good to see for the future of the club.
We stopped at the Kilngreen on our way home to say hello to the resident heron…
…and then retired to Wauchope Cottage for a cup of tea and a fairy cake.
After Sandy went home, I had another quick stroll round the garden.
The Michaelmas daisy will be the first of many.
When I went back inside, Mrs Tootlepedal drew my attention to a welcome returning visitor.
We enjoyed some of the Yetholm Gypsy potatoes with our tea. They make excellent mash. Sandy has tried some and thinks that he might put some in his own garden next year.
The flying bird of the day was a duck that passed us while we were talking to the heron.