No guest picture today as there has to be a space for the magnificent birthday cake cooked for me by Mrs Tootlepedal on the occasion of my birthday. Because of my advanced age, it was impossible to cook a cake large enough to hold an appropriate number of candles so in the finished product, the candle is a decimal fraction of 0.0136986301 (approx) of my accumulated years.
Owing to the distribution among us of dodgy knees and persistent coughs, Mrs Tootlepedal and I had a quiet day today. I did contemplate a morning pedal but it was a very dull and grey day and the trip to Edinburgh yesterday had been quite tiring so I didn’t contemplate it for very long.
However the weather did brighten up a bit as the morning went on and I was able to point a camera at a colourful show in the plum tree….
We were promised a bit of brighter weather after lunch and this indeed appeared so while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to do a little shopping, I took a stroll round Gaskell’s Walk. At the moment, it is a perfect walk for me, with a level surface, no big hills and at a mile, just about as far as I can go before needing a reviving cup of tea and a sit down.
I had Pocketcam with me and kept my eyes open as I tottered round.
There was a variety of fungus and lichen to enjoy as I walked out along the path and back by the road. Some on wood….
The walk got me home nicely in time to watch Scotland play Tonga at rugby. Just to be confusing, they were playing at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock which is a soccer ground. It wasn’t the most exciting game that I have seen but Scotland played competently and won. These have both been quite rare occurrences in recent years.
I did have a quick look round the garden before I sat down to the rugby match.
For my birthday evening meal, Mrs Tootlepedal made me a very nice plate of mince and potatoes and then we went out to the Buccleuch Centre to listen to a concert by the Langholm Town Band, to celebrate the production of a CD of their playing.
I used to play in this brass band a long time ago but there is no question but that they are playing to a far higher standard now than when I was a member and I was very impressed indeed by their work. Although I was very impressed by their playing and ensemble skills, I found the programme rather dull and sadly lacking in opportunities to tap my feet or smile. This was a fault in me though as I like brisk marches with rollicking bass solos and overtures from popular operas rather than the more serious modern arrangements and compositions that brass bands tend to play these days.
After yesterday’s failure to provide a flying bird of the day, I have got a double take to make up for it today.