Back to normal

Today’s picture, from the camera of my brother, shows an elegant flautist….much like myself in many ways, though I usually keep my shirt and trousers on while playing.

Everyone loves a flute player

I was feeling much better today, and hardly moaned or complained at all…..well maybe once or twice…but I felt well and never had to lie down for a snooze.

Mrs Tootlepedal is still feeling very positive about cycling, even in the rain so after we had had a visit from Dropscone, (who came bearing gifts of cauliflower and squash and departed, after a cup of coffee, with a cycling magazine) we got togged up in the wet weather gear and ventured out.  The wind was not too strong and the rain was gentle so we enjoyed our fourteen mile journey round the Barnglieshead triangle.

The road to Barnglieshead
We relished this nice new bit of resurfaced road near Barnglieshead.

We stopped at the farm for a bit of a home made energy bar…


…and a look at the young lambs there.

Barnglieshead lambs

On our way back, we past a newly felled piece of woodland and you can clearly see how closely the trees in these commercial plantations are planted.  It forces them to grow straight and quickly.

Kerr wood

I stopped to admire some very healthy looking hazel catkins beside the Wauchope.

Hazel catkins

Once home, I just had time for a quick walk round the garden…

This tulip defied the rain.
tulips and daffs
Mrs Tootlepedal is pleased with the promise of these newly planted tulips among the daffs.

Mrs Tootlepedal has aimed for a river of blue with her grape hyacinths and has produced this.



…before it was time for lunch.  After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal shot off on a shopping excursion in the car and I arranged for a walk with Sandy, who is on holiday from his job at college.  There was the hint of drizzle still in the air but we took our cameras anyway.

We started along the banks of the Esk and I had barely remarked that I hadn’t seen a goosander for ages before we saw two right beside us.

female goosander
The female of the pair.

I tried mentioning that I hadn’t seen a dipper or a polar bear either but this didn’t have the same magical effect.

We walked round the Castleholm and the pheasant hatchery.  We met a man being taken for a walk by his dogs….


…saw a new fungus on a tree stump….


…and caught a glimpse of spring in wild flowers…

wild flower

….and fresh green leaves.


It started to rain quite heavily as we got near the Duchess’ Bridge  so the cameras were put away and we headed for a cup of tea at Sandy’s without too much delay.

As usual, I had found time during the day to stare out of the window.

siskin redpoll
The arguments between siskins and redpolls are ongoing.

Flying birds were ten a penny today.



Concentration was always needed as the feeder came near.


In the evening, I met up with Sandy again and we went to the Archive Centre with Jean and Jean and I completed the entry of another couple of weeks of the newspaper index.

Although, I am still a bit tired and consequently the literary content of this post is rather skimpy, I was pleased to have had a normal sort of day and I hope that tomorrow will be even better.

The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch.






Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

39 thoughts on “Back to normal

  1. That chap having his arms stretched! Superb catkin photo amongst other fab pictures. Pleased to hear that you’re properly out and about, and active again.

  2. Glad to hear your getting back on your feet and the bike 🙂 Beautifully shot photographs. Love the little fungus on the trunk. I feel for the poor man with the red setters getting pulled in half.

    1. I think that they are Irish setters. He took one of them to Crufts, the national dog show but got into trouble for not handing the dog well enough.

  3. I’ll bet that a warm sunny day would be just the tonic that you need to fully recover. The garden is looking beautiful, the birds are as feisty as ever, and it’s good to see green grass and trees, even if it’s in your lovely photos!

  4. The garden is looking quite stunning and I also enjoyed the picture of the man being taken for a walk by his dogs. Glad you are feeling a bit better.

  5. Very sorry you have been so tired – hope energy levels rise swiftly. Lovely spring colours of trees, and the tulips look very fine.

  6. You still manage to do a goodly lot on a rainy day when perhaps you still aren’t feeling 100%! Puts the rest of us to shame. I can commiserate with the man with the setters. I often walk our three beagles on my own, if they see a flock of wild turkey or a deer, it’s all I can do to hold on to them. When it’s my husband and I together, we can make them behave with a bit more manners, but on my own it’s all I can do sometimes to just stay on my feet. Even from across the ocean I am able to enjoy your garden. Definitely brightens my day!

      1. Yes, that is certainly true. Now that I blog and like to photograph things more, three dogs are quite a hindrance. But they love hiking. We can’t even say the word “hike” and they start going crazy. And they know when I get my boots what time it is and get very excited. There have been times when we leave them behind so we can have a more relaxing, peaceful walk. I feel quite a responsibility though, to give them as much exercise as possible since without it beagles are prone to run to fat.

  7. You play flute? Transverse? Wood?

    Beautiful photos! Live the birds as always. They are so different in “your neck of the woods”, so to speak.

    1. I play the transverse flute very badly because I took it up late in life and it requires more breath and more practice time than I have available. I play the recorder a lot both, with keyboard accompanists and in a recorder consort. I still don’t practise enough though.

  8. Oh sorry. Just read comments on your previous post where you explain “tootle”. Have you ever tried a pentatonic, wood, Native American style flute. Can be very soothing in the right key!

  9. My goodness I like the lambs. Very restful, unlike the setters, who remind me of the Disreputable Duo. We had a long walk up and down the hills today and the Cowboy wrapped himself around a tree several times. I am teaching him the phrase “go back around.” He was mulish about it until I mentioned the possibility of supper (which perhaps implied the possibility of no supper, too).

    I’m glad you had a good day. I see that it’s tomorrow there, so I hope it will be another good one.

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