Today’s guest picture is another one of Regent’s Park on a glorious day early in this month. It was taken by my sister Mary when she was either on her way to or back from a game of tennis there.
We had a bright but slightly hazy day for my second trip to Dumfries Infirmary in two days. This time I was accompanied by Mrs Tootlepedal. The hospital had asked participants in their joint school to bring a friend or family member with them and I was lucky to be able to bring both in the one package.
The school started at ten o’clock so we had no time to meander about on the way there and took the direct route. Apart from a tendency on the part of the ward nurse to rather harp on about how painful the operation would be, the joint school was informative and at times entertaining. We went home armed with crutches to practise with and special drinks to take before we come back in again. They were very thorough.
The school lasted a couple of hours so we did have time to meander about on our way home and drove back by the long way along the banks of the Nith estuary. We stopped at Glencaple to enjoy the rather mysterious light on the water.
We drove on past Caerlaverock castle and turned down to the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust visitor centre where we enjoyed a light lunch.. After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal, who is still coughing a bit, retired to read the paper in the car while I walked down the avenue…..
….until I got to the tower at the end of the avenue….…and was able to watch the thousands of barnacle geese spread over the ponds and fields. I only had Pocketcam with me so photographic opportunities were very limited….
There are many ponds on both sides of the avenue with little hides to lurk in.
The marsh fields are grazed by long horned cattle….
I stopped at the swan pond again on my way back and found a little bird spotting scope there for the use of visitors. As there was no one else there, I had a go to see if Pocketcam could manage a little digiscoping….
I must make an effort to come back on a clearer day with the long lens while the geese are still here.
We stopped off at Gretna on the way home, not to watch starlings as we were too early in the day, but to got to the shopping vlllage and buy some suitable slippers and loose trousers for a man with a new knee to wander about the house in.
We got home just in time to catch a little garden colour….
…before the light faded away entirely. The wallflower in the centre of the triptych has no right to be flowering at all as it is two and a bit years old and should have given up the ghost long ago let alone not be flowering in November ever.
In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to a play performed by our local dramatic group and I went up to the Archive Centre with Sandy in a vain attempt to catch up with the mound of data produced by our eager data miners. At least I will have plenty to do while I am waiting to get back on the bike again after the operation.
Talking of cycling, the nurse at the joint school said this morning that those of us who wanted to cycle with our new knees should keep a keen look out for potholes and take care not to fall off and wreck our expensive replacements. As I had hit a pothole and fallen off earlier this year, I thought that this was a good moment to nod my head silently but sagaciously and try to look sensible.
There was not enough light at the garden feeders before we left or after we got home today so the flying bird of the day is the third from the right in this final picture from Caerlaverock.