Sight seeing

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew, taken as he passed through Sydney.  It shows a tourist-soaking speedboat trip in the shadow of the famous harbour bridge.

Sydney harbour bridgeI had a far less exciting trip than that today.  Mrs Tootlepedal went off to an all day embroiderers’ workshop, entailing some very detailed beadwork and I took advantage of a dry spell to go for a very gentle pedal on the fairly speedy bike.

I just wandered up and down my usual haunts but my slower speed enabled me to spot a fungus or two that I might have missed if I had had my head down and my legs whirring round.

fungus
One of the common little brown fungi that had popped up in the mown verge.

Sometimes you see what looks like something interesting beside the road and it turns out to be a big leaf or a piece of litter so I had to look twice to check that this low lying object really was a fungus…

Fungus…and as a bonus, while I was stopped, I saw two more interesting fungi under some trees just off the road.

toadstool
These are poisonous to humans I think but Mike Tinker tells me that slugs like them.
fungus
This one, a foot or two away,  obviously wasn’t attractive to anybody.

There is a short distance of fence along the route where the fence posts are dripping with lichen.  These three posts are in a row and have a wonderful selection on view.

lichen fence postsA hundred yards away, there are posts with hardly a fleck of lichen on them at all.  Life is a mystery.

I was impressed to meet two lady walkers who were on a thirteen miles circuit regardless of the ever present threat of rain.

It started to rain lightly as I neared home but I had time to stop and admire the bright colours of the bramble leaves.

bramble leavesOnce back, I set the camera up at the kitchen window while I ate a slice of toast and honey and battled with a tricky crossword.

blue tit
The blue tits dart in and out very quickly so  Iwas lucky to catch one in a still moment.

It was very gloomy though and getting a good flying picture was hard.

goldfinch
This goldfinch had the brakes full on which made it easier for me.
chaffinch
And I was half a second too late to catch this chaffinch in the air.

I hadn’t slept well so I might not have been in the mood for a walk even if the weather had been better and fortunately there was a feast of international rugby on the telly to keep me amused for the rest of the day.  I did make a sourdough loaf which Mrs Tootlepedal declared was the best ever for looks and shape.  I think that I have cracked the question of the best place and temperature for the two spells when the dough is left to rise which makes the whole process pain free and relatively quick, six hours from start to finish.

I am hoping that a more restful day will lead to a more restful night as we have a big singing day with our Carlisle choir tomorrow with small groups getting extra teaching and I would like to be in a state to make the most of it.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch in the rain.  (I am looking forward in a perverse way to getting some really cold weather so that new visitors come to the feeder.)

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “Sight seeing

  1. I’ll bet that Mrs. T wishes that the fungi were poisonous to slugs as well as humans. They are pretty though, the fungi, not slugs. 😉 The lichens are amazing, it looks like several different species growing on top of one another.

  2. I am glad you found the right place to put your rising loaf. This is the most difficult part I find – I once took all day to make a batch of Hot Cross Buns. The lichens are very impressive!

  3. While you were enjoying the rugby, I was warbling, with one other warbler and 4 scrapers – of viols that is. (No tootling allowed, though the other warbler is very skilled at the art.) Scrumptious renaissance music. I look forward to the account of your choral activities today.

      1. No, we just make music for the pleasure of doing so, no performances. In fact this was only the second time we had got together. Thanks for asking.

  4. Whenever you mention your sourdough, it always brings back some wonderful memories of my childhood. My dad was quite into making sourdough and being a person who enjoyed woodworking he made himself a rising box – it was a few feet square and was powered with a light bulb. He made the most delicious donuts. (And bread, too, of course.) I keep thinking perhaps I should ask him about it and find out about getting some starter.

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