Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Gavin, who is currently in San Francisco.
He tells me, “This is Oracle, the USA entry for the 2015 Americas Cup. It passed our tourist boat today going at full speed with 2 speedboats tailing it and it was almost flying. I have never seen anything without an engine going so fast (except perhaps Tootlepedal on his bike coming down Callister).”
Much to my surprise, I woke to a bright sunny morning with a very gentle wind. I am not quite sure what happened to the miserable weather we were promised but I was so pleased to see the sunshine that I got up into my cycling clothes and went out for a pedal after breakfast.
There was just a hint of the recent bad weather on the top of a distant hill…
It was a chilly 3°C when I set out but it was pleasant enough cycling along with the sun on my back. I took things easily, going twice up to Wauchope School and back and adding two circuits of the New Town. This gave me a nice round 15 miles for my outing, a new best distance for my knee.
As soon as I got home, I was joined for coffee by Dropscone. He had only arrived back in Langholm in the early hours of this morning after a marathon drive from the south coast of England so he hadn’t taken advantage of the cycling weather. This had given him time to produce the finest drop scones to go with our coffee that I have ever tasted.
The sun was still shining when he left so I took a tour round the garden.
The birds were back but not in great numbers as there was quite a lot of action from the builders this morning.
Clouds were gently covering the sky but they didn’t look threatening so, after a quick shower, I went out for a walk to make the most of the unexpected good weather.
I took a familiar route along to the Kilngreen and back round the new path across the Castleholm. There were old favourites at the Kilngreen….
…but three oyster catchers added a touch of novelty.
I took a few pictures as I walked along . As usual some lichen caught me eye.
He also had a couple of very pretty hellebores.
It is going away with the other side stone and the lintel to get some specialist cleaning from a firm in Appleby. Our new stove has arrived, the end wall is ready for rendering and the roof will soon be finished so we are getting more excited by the day.
This particular day got steadily greyer (and warmer) as time went on and after a pedal and a walk in the morning, I idled the afternoon away It was raining lightly by the time that Mike Tinker came round for a cup of tea as part of his rehabilitation.
The rain didn’t discourage a redpoll from paying us a flying visit.
After some delicious home made fish cakes for tea, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to a meeting and I went to our local community choir practice. There was a good turnout of singers and we worked hard though as far as the tenors went, some more work
may will be necessary before we have mastered the pieces.
I could hear oyster catchers calling as I walked home. They are pretty birds to look at but riverside householders can get very annoyed by their strident cries during the night.
A chaffinch beat the gulls to the position of flying bird of the day.