Today’s guest picture is a zebra spotted by my daughter while visiting Claridges. It is a beautifully finished rocking zebra.
In an exciting development on the construction front, the wall growers came round today and laid some concrete for the foundation for the new wall. It was not exciting from a photographic point of view so you will just have to take my word for it. The new wall should start its elevation on Thursday.
The concrete laying meant that there were no birds in the garden for me to stare at before it was time for me to drive off to Dumfries to complete the formalities of selling the wrecked Kangoo. On the way, I stopped at the bike shop in Longtown and picked up my speedy bike which has been given a new tyre and brakes and some general care.
I am looking forward to a pleasantly warm day with a light breeze to give it a go. Looking at the forecast, I may have to wait for a day or two.
The sale of the old car went well and I was soon on my way home on a bright and sunny day. As my route took me through Lockerbie, it seemed like a good idea to stop off and visit the Eskrigg Nature Reverse while I was there.
They have a well established hide there.
There was a lot to watch from the hide which is set on the edge of an old curling pond.
I was just settling down for a good wait and watch when the door opened and a mother and three toddlers appeared. They were very well behaved but still quite noisy so I left them to watch the ducks and took a walk round the pond to search for some peace and quiet. I was intending to go to the second hide to look out for squirrels but as I approached it, I saw a well equipped photographer had beaten me to it and was sitting on the step outside the hide taking the occasional picture.
I seemed quite relaxed so I walked up to him as quietly as I could, intending to go into the hut and keep out of his way. He looked up as I drew near and pointed. I followed his direction and saw what he was watching.
The photographer told me that a lady had scattered the peanuts that had attracted the squirrel and it was certainly much more interested in the nuts than us. After a while the photographer got up and went off to take pictures of the ducks. This didn’t disturb the squirrel at all and I sat and watched it for some time.
Once again, a couple of parties of adults and small children coming quietly along the path ended my fun and the squirrel moved away. I am sure that it would have come back but I had many more pictures than I could use already so I took just one more..
Although the children interrupted my pleasure, I don’t hold any hard feelings about them. The reserve, with its well laid paths and many things to see, is a wonderful place for little children to come and learn to love nature.
Another visit is definitely on the cards when the weather permits.
It was cloudy but dry in Langholm so after a late lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal and I wrapped up well against a very nipping and eager wind and set off to cycle the six and a bit miles to Wauchope School and back. Mrs Tootlepedal has been doing regular sessions for a month on her bike to nowhere amounting to several hundred notional miles but cycling in the real world, especially into a brisk wind, is a very different thing than spinning the legs in the warmth of indoors and the six miles was quite enough for us.
I took a picture of one of my favourite little cascades on the Wauchope near the school…
I was expecting to go to Carlisle with Susan in the evening to play with our recorder group but she is a bit under the weather so we cancelled the trip. This was a pity but an early night will do me no harm as life seems to have been quite busy lately.
I was happy to find that Eskrigg as well as having squirrels also has a chaffinch for flying bird of the day..