Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Dropscone who went out for a bike ride this morning. He claims that he would have been much quicker if he hadn’t had to wait for half a mile behind these sheep.
Dropscone also passed Mrs Tootlepedal on his ride though she was driving in the opposite direction in our car to do some shopping at Gretna. I had had a restless night and was happy to let her go by herself. I did manage a short walk up to the town to pay my bill at the paper shop.
This walk, although short as I say, was a landmark for me as I strolled up to the High Street without using any crutch or pole to help me and only used my walking pole very gently on the way home. It was great to find that I could walk freely without any aids and although I will take my walking pole with me in case I get tired, I will try to walk unaided from now on when I am out on a level surface.
The main problem in getting a new knee to work is getting it to flex properly. Walking doesn’t need much bending and comes quite easily but cycling is a different kettle of fish and yesterday’s attempt on the exercise bike had led to a torrent of complaints from my muscles so I listened carefully to them and took things very gently today. My morning walk was the last energetic thing that I did all day and the bike to nowhere remained untouched.
I did take a quick stroll round the garden when I got home and admired Mrs Tootlepedal’s fine crop of kale.
There are signs of spring to be seen…
My leisurely day gave me plenty of time to look out of the kitchen window.
I could take my pick of flying birds today….
A little flute practice, a visit from Dr Tinker and another week of the newspaper index filled in some of the gaps in the day but I am getting the hang of sofa surfing pretty well. As the forecast for New Year’s Day here tomorrow is 40mph gusts and heavy rain, the sofa may well be getting more use.
In the meantime, I wish all those who take the trouble to follow these meanderings a very happy new year.
The flying bird of the day is a
golden eagle chaffinch.