Today’s guest picture is an absolute stonker from my sister Susan who was on the south bank of the Thames a couple of days ago. She liked the working river but i have cropped it to emphasise the sky.
The radio and TV have been full of warnings about the coming storm. It will be the worst since…..keep away from trees…..don’t travel unless necessary…and so on but the Met Office local forecast promised me a dry morning with little wind and the forecast was absolutely right. In fact I got up so early in a bid to get the best of the day that it was still dark and I had to go back to bed again. Still I managed to have a reasonably early breakfast and I was out on the bike before nine o’clock.
I didn’t have a set route in mind, fearing that I might have to run for home if the rain came so I just pootled along at a steady speed admiring the views as I went. In the end I was able to add little extras onto the distance as the weather stayed very benign and managed 34 miles.
The only defect of the trip was the fact that I hadn’t eaten enough at breakfast to deal with the slightly longer than expected distance and I found myself quite a bit short of fuel with a few miles still to go. Luckily the legs stuck to the task well and I filled up with some specialist recovery protein when I got back home.
I stopped to take a lot of pictures on my way round and here are just a few of them.
After lunch, Sandy came round and we were expecting to be shut indoors by the rain but it held off so we went for a short expedition over the White Yett and onto the Langholm Moor. Looking south we even caught a glimpse of sun on the fields at Cronksbank…
…but it didn’t come to anything.
Looking east, the view across to Tinnis was definitely autumnal.
We encountered an unaccustomed amount of cars beside the road.
They had gathered for a hound trail and we were tempted to stop and watch the hounds but instead we edged our way past them and continued down to the Tarras Water, stopping to admire a dramatic sky on the way.
We got to Tarras Lodge where we parked and took a few pictures. It was rather gloomy but we did the best that we could. I was trying out a tripod that Dr Tinker is considering selling. It was very good, being light and adaptable, and if the price is right and he still wants to sell it, I shall buy it.
It was blowing a brisk wind by this time and that made the air pretty chilly so we didn’t linger at the picnic table but after taking some pictures of the various fungi about…
…and evidence of the recent wet weather….
…we headed for home and warmth.
We stopped on the way back to admire this view of trees and hill as we approached the town.
Once home, we had a cup of tea. After that Sandy showed me a few useful buttons on my new photo editor (of which he already has a copy) and then we put a week of the newspaper index into the database.
After Sandy went off to look at the pictures which he had taken, I spent quite a bit of time playing on the new editor and trying to remember which buttons Sandy had shown me.. It is Photoshop CS6 and is
probably certainly better than my pictures deserve but it will be fun to get to know it.
It can change this….
… in the twinkling of an eye. I was impressed.
Our clocks go back tonight, which means that it will get dark so soon that cycling in the afternoon will be unattractive. As cycling in the morning can be very chilly, I for one wish that they would leave us on BST all the year round.
I didn’t have much time to look at the birds so I was pleased to catch this chaffinch looking mean, moody and magnificent with the long grass stems in the background.