Today’s guest pictures was sent to me by Matilda’s father and shows the manufacture of some baby friendly (no salt, no sugar) drop scones. He says that they went down well. It is good to see the younger generation being introduced to the finer things of life.
We were blessed with a very nice mid February day today with the temperature rising to a heady 10°C by the afternoon. We even saw the sun and everyone whom I met when I was out and about was very cheerful as a consequence.
I took advantage of the mellow weather to stretch my legs twice. My first outing was on the slow bike and I headed up the Wauchope road with the intention of getting my mileage into double figures if I could manage it. I took this welcome view from the five mile point….
to show that I actually could. I was equally happy to find that I did the ten miles in less than an hour and although it wasn’t a very demanding route, this was definitely a pedal in the right direction.
When I got home, I had a walk round the garden with Mrs Tootlepedal and we noted a promising crocus or two….
Then we went up to the Moorland Feeders as I had been asked to fill them as the usual volunteer is busy taking pictures of his wife and the Golden Gate Bridge and wasn’t available.
We were hoping to have a few quiet moments of bird watching there but there were people on every side waiting for something. We think it was probably the local hunt which always has a good few followers but whatever it was, it wasn’t conducive to bird watching so we went home.
I spent some time trying to get a good picture of a flying bird when we got back but visitors to the feeder were few and far between and I had to settle for some perching birds instead.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to the monthly meeting of the Embroiderer’s Guild and I went out for a walk. I cheated a bit by taking the car to the Kilngreen as I wanted to use my better lens on some gull pictures and it is too heavy for me to carry far at the moment.
Luckily two little girls were feeding the ducks when I got there and the gulls were very agitated and gave me many opportunities. They were cruising about keeping an eye out for bread. Sometimes they flew solo…
I drove on and parked the car by the disused Episcopalian church.
Leaving my heavy lens behind in the car, I went for a walk of just under two miles. I was more concerned with exercise than photography so I kept going without stopping too often. Of course, I did have a camera with me so I had to take a few pictures as I went along.
I stopped to look at the snowdrop wood at Holmhead.
The combined effect of the cycling and walking was enough to persuade me to do nothing else of significance for the rest of the afternoon and evening and a good crossword and some rugby on the telly filled the afternoon and preparing the blog at a leisurely pace, interrupted by an entertaining program about building an ark did the same for the evening.
In a significant development on the end wall story, today saw the delivery of some of the materials which will be used in the building of the new wall. We are beginning to believe that it really will happen.
The flying bird of the day is one of the gulls hoping to find a scrap of bread. I think that the markings show that this is this bird’s first winter.