Today’s guest picture is a triumph of technology in one respect at least. This impressionistic portrait of Matilda was taken by Mrs Tootlepedal on her phone during her visit to Edinburgh today in very poor light. The technological triumph was in passing it via bluetooth to my phone and then by wire to my computer. A first for us.
I stayed at home today as we were expecting a visitor in the early afternoon. I put my time to good use by going out for another gentle pedal in the morning. I paused on my way up the road to record the receding sea of trees round the old schoolhouse. It must be a shock to the residents to have their surroundings changed so completely and so swiftly.I was doing two trips to Callister and back to make up my twenty miles as I am avoiding getting too far from home or working too hard for the time being. On my second trip up, I met Christine, an ex pupil of mine (and fine recorder player) and cycled along with her for the next nine miles. She was going out for a trial on her brand new road bike and was thoroughly enjoying the additional speed which a lightweight frame and thin tyres add to the cycling experience. She is braver than me as she told me that she is going to get clipless pedals. I have been too frightened of falling off to get these and have stuck to old fashioned toe clips.
I did try to take some bird pictures when I got home but in spite of being fairly dry and warm, the day was once again so gloomy that it was not a good use of time.
Perching birds were just possible…
As usual I had a look at the park wall. The first section has flat lichens…
Once again the clouds were sitting on the hills around the town…
This picture of the path along the river shows why Mrs Tootlepedal is reluctant to walk along it in wet conditions.
Below the path, I spotted an old tree stump with an abundant crop of fungus on it.
I was visited by Mike Tinker who told me that he too would be at the hospital in Dumfries on Monday, though he will only be passing through for the purpose of some tests. While we were talking, my expected visitor appeared and we all sat down to a cup of tea.
The visitor was our daughter Annie who has come up for a few days to offer support to her parents. We take this very kindly indeed.
Mrs Tootlepedal got back from Edinburgh a little earlier than usual and we had a hearty plate of spaghetti Bolognese for our tea.
I should have a normal post tomorrow for this blog but then for a few days it is hoped that the Tootlepedal editorial team will be posting news updates and, perhaps, a few pictures of their own too.
A feeble effort at a flying bird today.