Today’s guest picture is another of my brother’s pictures of Hardwick Hall. It puts everything into perspective as they say.
Today’s weather had good points and bad points about it and they were both caused by the same thing. It was raining when we woke and it had obviously been raining all night….
…but the effect of the rain was that the persistent haze of the past few days had been washed away. This wasn’t much help in the morning because it kept on raining but the afternoon was ideal for a cycle ride with the retired Mrs Tootlepedal.
Before that though, there was work to be done.
First there was the crossword to solve and then a fixture list for the forthcoming season had to be HTML formatted and sent up to Dropscone’s Borders Golf Association website. This required unearthing a password which had died with my old file transfer program a few weeks ago. Unlike many computer problems, this one turned out to be quite simple as the hosting company has an easily accessible and useful website. Hooray.
Once the fixture list was done, I put a Gilbert and Sullivan song into my music program so that a fellow Langholm choir member could come round and practise a solo he is doing in our forthcoming concert. He came round and he practised it. It sounded good.
That took up the morning.
Somehow there was a moment to watch a siskin squabble too…
…and take a look at some flowers in the garden.
Once again Mrs Tootlepedal, now that she has retired and has time on her hands, was keen on a short pedal after lunch so we went off to visit the new bridge at Westwater. The rain had cleared the skies and the wind had dropped so we had a very nice outing physically and visually.
We met a cyclist on the way who said he had seen some lizards on a wall. We stopped and looked but could find no lizards. We saw a willow…
…and some colourful lichen….
…and had to be content with that.
When we got home, Mrs Tootlepedal did some gardening and I cycled another six miles just to keep to my daily schedule. I stopped to admire Pool Corner as I went.
It was a real treat to cycle in light winds but it was only a temporary delight as the wind is forecast to get up again tomorrow.
I had another look at the garden flowers when I got back.
We have been instructed in the newspapers today by those who know better than us to eat more fruit and veg so I made myself a large plate of roasted vegetables for my tea. To tell you the truth, I was going to make it anyway whatever anyone told me.
Then it was time to drive to Carlisle with Susan to play with our recorder group. We had all six players in Jenny’s front room tonight and made a goodly noise as a result.
The flying bird of the day was a reliable chaffinch.
22 thoughts on “Another day, another pedal, another tootle”
What’s the average rainfall per year where you live, in inches?
last year at Eskdalemuir which is 13 miles away but a bit higher in the hills, the total was 1700mm which I make to be 66 inches. More significantly there were 280 days with rainfall during the year. Check the stats here http://www.tutiempo.net/en/Climate/ESKDALEMUIR/31620.htm
A Rainforest averages 254 cm of rain per year (100 inches)
Wow! No wonder you have so many lichens and moss. Thank you Tom! I was curious about it. 🙂
The blue of both the grape hyacinths and the sky are great to see. One day soon we’ll see them here again.
We are in a reasonably good spell at the moment so we aren’t complaining (except about the wind).
Tell Mrs. T congrats!!! on retirement. Your photos are gorgeous as always, I have inappropriate amounts of weather and landscape envy as always…. and now I am going to catch up on posts I have missed while my work has been dominating my life.
It is good to have work to give your life purpose unlike certain elderly flaneurs.
Beautiful cycling countryside views.
It was a refreshing day.
Did you tinker with Andrew’s picture? I loved your cycling views, pool corner and the colourful flowers in your garden, they cheered up a dull morning.
Never touched it.
All I can say after a long night at work is keep the beautiful photos coming, your blog is one bright spot after a very gloomy day!
Working nights is hard. You have my sympathy.
Lovely skies during your bicycle ride. Glad the evening tootling went well.
That’s the thing about chaffinches. A person can count on them, no matter what. As I’m at the library I can see all the photos and they are a treat, especially the landscapes and the pool corner – and I want to know why we have very different cowslips but it looks like being quite awhile before I have any to examine.
I look forward to a picture of your local cowslip.
The photos from your cycling jaunt were wonderful. I’m glad Mrs T’s first full day of retirement went so well.
That first photo of Hardwick Hall is quite impressive! Your lovely pictures gave me a good bit of cheer as we have pouring rain, cold temps and a stiff wind coming off Lake Erie today.
Not my photo but my brother’s to be fair to him.
Only the first photo is his, yes? It is lovely, but yours are as well, of your outing and all the lovely flowers and birds.