A quiet day

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Bruce, who found a nice to day celebrate Christmas on the Isle of Arran.

arranBecause of the uncertainty surrounding my knee operation, Mrs Tootlepedal and I had made no arrangements to entertain or to be entertained at Christmas this year and so we spent a very peaceful day in our own company.

In the morning, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in church and I took a short walk to work up an appetite for the feast which she was preparing for our lunch.

My knee was in a co-operative mood so I stretched my maximum distance by another three tenths of a mile and walked out to the Auld Stane Brig on the Wauchope road.

As this involved, like the Grand Old Duke of York, walking up a hill and then walking back down it again, I was interested to see how the knee held up.  It held up well.

Wauchope roadIt was a sunny day and with the temperature at 4 degrees C, walking was a pleasure.

Meikleholm HillI would have liked to be in the sunshine on the top of the hill rather than in the shadows in the valley but that will have to wait.  The Auld Stane Brig itself was in the sunshine…

Auld Stane brig…and I was pleased to find that my favourite fencepost there was still rich in lichen…

lichen…as was the stonework of the bridge.

lichenI have photographed the lichen here often but I make no excuse for doing it again today as I was so pleased to have got there under my own steam.  I got back too.

WhitaYou can see how low the sun is in the sky at this time of year.

Our Christmas lunch, turkey with all the trimmings, was excellent but it did mean that Mrs Tootlepedal and I had to go out for a walk afterwards to shoogle it down a little.

We set off on the opposite direction from my morning walk….

The morning walk on the left and the afternoon walk on the right.
The morning walk on the left and the afternoon walk on the right.

…and walked past the Kilngreen and round the bottom of the Castleholm, crossing the Town Bridge, the Sawmill Bridge and the Jubilee Bridge on our route.

The light was fading as we went so I only had time for one picture.

The esk
Looking up the Esk from the Kilngreen

We stopped just before we got home and were treated to shortbread, tea and sherry, according to taste, by Alison and Mike Tinker.  It was very cosy sitting in front of their log burning stove but the need to put a packet of frozen peas on my knee shifted us from our chairs and we completed our circuit.

This was easily my best walking day so far, with a distance of just under three miles between the two walks, and this was the best Christmas present that I could have had.

Although there was a sunny morning, the amount of cooking going on meant that there weren’t many opportunities to look out of the window.

A blackbird grateful that no one had baked it in a pie.
The sunshine didn’t reach the feeder until I had put the camera away.

Between the walking and the eating, I shall hope to sleep well tonight.

We saw a young man trying out a drone with many coloured lights on it at the Kilngreen as we went past….

drone…and I did think of making it flying bird of the day but as I don’t think these things are to be encouraged (and I didn’t have the right camera with me anyway), I have stuck to the traditional flying chaffinch.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “A quiet day

  1. Happy Christmas both of you and well done on walking so far today. I hope the frozen veg helped. What is a ‘drone’? I can’t make it out.
    Sleep well

  2. Having some time off I can once again walk with friends around the world. We are still enjoying Christmas Day. I made a Cauliflower Sweet Potato Lasagna. It’s baki g now!

  3. I like that second lichen. I’ve never seen one like it but it’s obviously a prolific spore producer.
    The 3 mile walk without any unmanageable pain sounds encouraging!
    I’d like one of those drones with a camera on it for overhead shots, but I suppose it would just be one more thing to lug through the woods.

    1. It would be tempting to have one when there are inaccessible things to shoot but I don’t know how much camera quality you can get on board at a reasonable price.

  4. Greetings from Berkshire where I’ve had a lovely quiet day myself with an aunt. It sounds as if you’ve had the same, (well, Mrs It’s not an aunt, I know) with the satisfaction also of great walking achievement, in very pleasant weather. Onward and upward tomorrow hopefully.

  5. I, too, would take a chaffinch over a drone anyday. Hooray to the ever increasing distances walked and also to the makers of frozen peas. A belated Merry Christmas to you both from us all

  6. That sounds a very successful Christmas Day and very impressive to do up the hill and down and three miles even with peas needed after.

  7. Such a successful Christmas day with a couple of long rain-free walks. Glad to say I haven’t seen any drones around here as yet. I loved the scenery shots in the low sunshine and the photo of the dapper blackbird.

  8. Your quiet day sounds very enjoyable. So glad you walked so far. Lucky you having a Mrs T cooked lunch.

  9. Congratulations on your continuing improvement. You are an inspiration to my ailing knees. I think there is something to having a quiet holiday too. I am glad the blackbird escaped the pie and found your lens.

  10. Sounds like your new knee is making great progress. I’m very happy to read that! My brother visited me a weekend ago, and is just like his old self with two new knees.

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