A pedal (and a walk) and a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother’s visit to Sydney on his way back to the UK from NZ.  He said it was hot there and here is the proof.

hot birdIt was far from hot here this morning and the thermometer was only just grazing 5°C when I set out for a pedal after breakfast.  Dropscone is enjoying the fleshpots of the south west of England on holiday so I was on my own and this was lucky as it took me a long time to warm my old muscles up in the chilly weather.

Once I got going though, I enjoyed myself without trying to go too fast.  I took a route that avoided any possible hedge trimmings and ended up at Paddockhole bridge which was looking quite pretty.

PaddockholeOne advantage of the late season is that when the leaves come off the trees, you can see the bridges better but….

leaves on road….the down side is that many of the leaves fall on the road making for slippery surfaces where the aged cyclist has to take care.

I took care and got home safely.

The birds were in a topsy turvy mood.

chaffinchesFor once the weather was well behaved and it waited until I was snugly indoors before it started to rain.  I idled the rest of the morning away over a tricky crossword and a packet of ginger biscuits.

After lunch (I am currently addicted to goat’s cheese and tomato open sandwiches), the weather behaved well again and the rain stopped so, since Mrs Tootlepedal and I were in the mood for some fresh air, we went for a walk round the Becks.

The larch trees are very attractive just now…..

larches at pool corner
Larches on the bank behind Pool Corner

…..and I am enjoying them a bit more than usual because there is a larch disease sweeping the country and the local estate is busy cutting down most of their larches as a preventative measure.  This may well be the last golden larch autumn for some time in our area. As we walked up the road to Hallcrofts, we passed several trees  so covered in lichen that you could hardly see any wood on them at all.lichenI had Mrs Tootlepedal on special interest look out and she spotted the first catkins of the season that we have seen.catkinsOnce we were in the woods and across the Becks Burn, there were plenty of fungi to be seen, even if there wasn’t much light to see them with.  (I had intended to bring a torch to brighten up any items of interest but it will come as no surprise to you to learn that I forgot to put it in my pocket.)

fungi on trees at Becks
There were fungi of all sizes on the trees.
fungi on ground at Becks
And others growing out of the ground. Mrs Tootlepedal thinks that the white ones may be cap-less fungi

Once we got up to the path that runs along the hillside, the light was a little better.  Once again the weather was in mellow mood and although it had been drizzling while we were in the shelter of the trees, it stopped when we got out into the open.

I like this track.  It has some fine examples of rural architecture….

huts….oak trees…

oak tree…interesting tree stumps….

tree stumps….fine views of Warbla in late autumn….

warbla….and more fungi and even a wild flower.

flower and fungiAs we got to the end of the track, we could see low mist creeping up the Esk valley from the south and resting gently over the town.

Mist over Langholm
I may have given this picture a little tickle-up treatment.

Our way back took us past some more interesting fungus/slime mold/lichen?? on a tree stump….

curious growthsAnd there were occasional colourful leaves to entertain the eye.

leafleavesOnce home, there was just enough light left to enjoy Crown Princess Margareta…..

rose…and to watch the last set of leaves being blown off the walnut tree.  This proved too exciting and I had to go in and watch some paint dry.

I did some more idling in the gloaming as the light faded swiftly away and then in the evening went to Carlisle to play recorders.  I drove down by myself because Susan is on holiday with her father in the south.  We  had an excellent evening of playing which made a very pleasing finale to a day of gentle activity and refreshing resting.

The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.  There’s a novelty.

flying sparrow

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “A pedal (and a walk) and a tootle

  1. I think the white cap-less fungi might be white spindle coral fungi (Clavaria vermicularis,) also called fairy fingers or white worm coral.
    The ones beside the flower look like a type of ink cap, possibly Coprinopsis atramentaria.
    I’m not sure about the pink and white ones together but the pink looks like it might be a jelly fungus.
    It’ll be a shame to lose those larches!

  2. I love your photographs! Catching the birds in action and the vibrant colors of the plants and trees in your area just make me smile! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. It’s sad to hear that the larch are diseased and being cut down. 😦

    I could have done without the photo of the fine examples of rural architecture, but other than that, I loved them all, especially the one that you tickled a bit.

  4. That single brightly coloured leaf was a sight for sore eyes and I liked the better view of the bridge with fewer leaves around. Glad you had an accident free cycle ride.

  5. While you were tootling, I was at a talk organised by my local Wildlife Trust given by Dr Bob Collins, naturalist and photographer (and wildlife holiday organiser). I had never heard of him, but he took 90% of he photos in ‘Flora Brittanica’, a tome I have, which just shows how much I look to see who has taken the pictures, shame on me. Anyway, I found myself thinking how much you’d have enjoyed his amazing photos. I was particularly intrigued by a technique he had for taking photos of gigantic conifers at night. He sets a 2-4 minute exposure (which means the stars are streaks rather than spots) and wafts a huge torch up and down the trees he wants to highlight.. Talk about tickle up! I think I might try it on my crab-apple.

  6. I like all the special interest details, good job to Mrs T for the ones she found. The misty trees photo is outstanding, and there can never be too many bridge photos.

  7. Lovely photographs! What would rural shed and shack builders do without corrugated iron! The amount fungi you were able to spot during a short walk is amazing and the lichen-covered tree most impressive. You must have very clean air in Langholm.

  8. Your guest photo gave me a bit of a start at first, thinking it was a dead bird! How interesting that it laid out like that in the heat. I’ve never seen such a thing before.

    Too bad about the larch disease. 😦

    Lots of lovely photos in this post. Always glad to see your roses still bearing a bloom or two.

  9. It seems mad to cut down the larches in case they get the disease but what do I know? You seem to have many more fungi than we do, or maybe I’m just not looking properly.

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