All the ingredients

Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Liz and shows a Spanish butterfly which she met on holiday.

spanish butterfly

We couldn’t run to any butterflies here but we did get a reasonable February day with a temperature of 6°C and not a drop of rain all day.  There was a brisk drying wind and all sorts of things happened as a result.

Some were quite normal:

The day started with a trip round the morning run with Dropscone.  The brisk drying wind added seven minutes to our standard time for the first eight miles but after that, it rather helped than hindered and we got home in a satisfactory time without having to kill ourselves.

Birds were watched.

A chaffinch showing off its full wingspan.
The wind was rocking the feeders so that landing accurately wasn’t easy.


But other activities were a welcome change from recent days:

Washing got put out (and dried and taken in again).

Some gardening was done and a little lawn spiking took place.

I walked round the garden and noticed that the snowdrops are trying really hard now.


Even a crocus is poking through.


And I had to give our primrose a chance to star in a solo role.


Mrs Tootlepedal and I were able to take a walk after lunch.  We went along the route I had used a few days ago so that we could have another look at things that I had seen then.

The things that look like flowers were really standing out from the wall on this peltigera.


As were these curious fungus stalks on the same wall a yard or two away.


I re-photographed some other fungus which I saw last time…

This is a shot from above showing the delicate blue of the surface.

I can’t find a picture of anything like this at all.  There seem to be tiny growths to the right of it.  Other shots were of fungi that I had missed last time.

These were new this time.  They look like coriolus versicolour but I am not sure about that.
They look like coriolus versicolour but I am not sure about that.
birch polypore
This is a birch polypore doing well to fight through the moss.

It almost looks like a mossy face sticking its tongue out.

We admired these well defined galls.


We had a pause on our walk while Mrs Tootlepedal put her hydro-engineering skills to use and unblocked a culvert which was full of leaves and spilling water across our path.  There was a most satisfying gurgle when she got the water away.

At the end of our woodland walk we came to an old gatepost and wall.



As we walked back along the Lodge walks to the car, we spotted a laurel ready to flower.


All this was rally quite springlike and we live in fear of a severe frost arriving and throwing everything into reverse with possibly disastrous consequences.   We were talking to our local cider maker on Saturday and he is very worried about his potential crop.

The late afternoon and evening were given over to music.  First I went up to Isabel’s to hear my flute pupil Luke play his grade pieces with her at the piano.  They have some time in hand still and the results were very promising.  After a an hour or so, Luke came for his regular lesson and we worked on some of the detail that is necessary for a good score in an examination.

Then after my tea, I went back to Isabel’s, this time to play trios with her and Mike on piano and cello.  There isn’t  a flood of music for piano, flute/recorder and cello but we have found pieces by Mozart and Quantz which are a treat to play (and not too hard which is lucky).

This brought the most satisfactory day for some time to a close.   A tootle and a pedal and a walk…..who could ask for anything more?  Well perhaps a ray of sunshine would have been welcome.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.

flying chaffinch





Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

15 thoughts on “All the ingredients

  1. Glad you had such a satisfactory day and thanks for all those variegated pictures, I was unable to pick a favourite.

  2. The bluish brackets might be conifer blueing bracket fungi (Postia caesia). They are unusual and very beautiful.
    Coriolus versicolor is another name for Trametes versicolor, or turkey tails. Those in your photo look too light colored to be those, but I’m not sure what else they could be.
    I hope you don’t see a frost now. If I were an orchard owner I’d be worried too. Even if there isn’t a frost I wonder if there will be bees to polinate the trees if they bloom so early.

    1. Your suggestion about the blue fungus looks very possible as it was on a rotting conifer branch. I had to pollinate some of our apples by hand last year and it looks as though I might have to do the same again this year.

  3. Your bird photos are good. The landscape photographs are good – winter photos are far better than summer ones as the light is better and there is no haze.

    The human statue is very good. The ones in Glasgow and Edinburgh are very popular.

    1. We get occasional very clear days in the summer but they seem to be getting fewer as the years go by. These human statues are all the go, I have seen several on the South Bank in London.

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