The guest picture of the day is a fine crab apple tree, her pride and joy, sent to me by my Somerset correspondent Venetia. I can see why she likes it.
By all accounts, today is to be the last of our recent sunny spell with the temperature set to drop, the wind to rise and even talk of snow at the weekend. In these circumstances, it seemed like a good idea to put the good weather to work.
After a quick whizz round the garden….
…and a little time spent cleaning the chain and gears, it was off up the Wauchope road on the fairly speedy bike.
After the hilly pedal with Dropscone on Tuesday, I was after a much more gentle effort today. My legs were even more insistent about this and at one stage fairly early on, were even wondering whether going home might be a good idea. It is never a good plan to listen to your legs so I spoke to them severely and after about seven miles, they started to play ball and I enjoyed the rest of the ride.
I had Pocketcam with me and was able to record the complete clearing of the bank below Wauchope Schoolhouse.
I picked up speed as I went along after a very slow start and soon found myself on the old A74, once the main artery between England and Scotland and now a mere back road beside the new motorway. The verges were blazing with dandelions.
This was beautiful to look at but very bad for my breathing so I held my breath for as long as possible and got by with no harm done. My legs held up very well, helped by the marked absence of any hills and I got home in good style.
The garden was looking good in the sun.
Mrs Tootlepedal has been making good progress with her work on the floor and is in the process of reintroducing some furniture. She has been working non stop for several days and I thought that an outing would be just the thing for her on such a lovely day. By fortunate co-incidence, Sandy rang up and suggested a trip to the Eskrigg Nature Reserve at Lockerbie and this is just what Mrs Tootlepedal enjoys so Sandy came down and off we went.
…and tempted me into taking far too many pictures.
There was a lot to watch on the pond. There were ducks diving….
A rough gang of mallards swept across in front of us….
This is wonderful place for seeing greater spotted woodpeckers….
While Sandy and I snapped away, Mrs Tootlepedal had her sketch pad with her.
After a short break for tea, I met up with Sandy again and we went off to the Archive Centre for our usual Thursday evening session. Mrs Tootlepedal continued to work away in the front room. For some reason, both Sandy and I were suffering from a little tiredness and we didn’t work for too long before retiring to the Eskdale for refreshment.
All in all, I think between us, we made the very best we could of a superb spring day and I hope that the memory of it will let us laugh at the snow if it comes on Saturday.
The flying bird of the day is one of the Eskrigg mallards.