The magic of frozen peas

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Tony and shows one method that he came across of making sure that your dog doesn’t get  attacked by swans while walking at Lake Windermere.

dog walkingI was interested to find out how my various joints would feel this morning after my experiment with the instant sit down method yesterday.  Checking from top to bottom, my thumb was bruised and sore but usable,  my hip was painless, my knee was fine and my ankle was quite swollen and rather tricky to walk on,

This was much better than I had feared and some credit must go to a relaxing bath last night and some credit to having fairly healthy muscles in the leg.  The swollen ankle was periodically treated with a judicious mixture of gentle exercise and frozen peas and by the end of the day, it was almost as good as new.  I count myself very lucky, as I could have done a fair bit of damage.

The morning was spent going no further than the garden.  The ladies were in very good form.

Crown Princess Margareta
Crown Princess Margareta
Lilian Austin
Lilian Austin

As were the astrantias.

A general view of them today instead of the usual close up.

A yellow iris has come out to join the others.

yellow irisMy sore thumb made holding my heavy camera a bit of a problem but I still managed to catch a blackbird making off with some seed…

blackbird…and a goldfinch hiding behind the feeder pole.

goldfinchMrs Tootlepedal had been at a coffee morning for her church choir and we had lunch when she came back.  After some discussion it was agreed that both my leg and my sister Susan would benefit from an excursion so Mrs Tootlepedal drove us up to Eskdalemuir.  We stopped at The Hub where I checked the exhibition space and then we went on to visit the Samye Ling Tibetan centre a mile or two further up the road.

I was here recently on a bike trip but today I had time to walk around and really appreciate the place.  It is not in any way short of statutes.

Some are in ponds large and small…

Samye Ling…and some are in various vegetable gardens.

Samye LingThere is a wealth of decoration on everything that has a spare inch.

Samye LingSamye LingI enjoyed taking a close look at the figures round the base of the large gateway.

gateway Samye Linggateway Samye LingThe smaller pond with the figure in it has a dragon to pour the water in at one side and a golden boy to pour it out at the other.

Small pond same lingWe were interested to see that modern technology is part and parcel of the site.  We liked these electrically powered gently turning prayer wheels a lot.

Samye LingAs well as the buildings, some peaceful landscaping has been done.

Samye LingSamye LingThe monks are very energetic and it seems as though every time I visit, some new works have been started.  The swallows have also been building and there were several nests to be seen with busy parents flitting to and fro.

swallows Samye LingNear the car park, there were some striking purple flowers.  The looked like knapweed but not quite like the wild flowers you would expect.  The bees were enjoying the pollen.

knapweed  Samye LingWe stopped off at The Hub on our way back down and had a light refreshment and then dawdled back down the west bank of the river Esk to Enzieholm and thence home.

The afternoon sunshine made the drive as pleasurable as the visit to the  monastery and it was just the sort of quiet excursion to suit a man with a dodgy ankle and a sister who these days enjoys life in the slow lane.

In the evening my flute pupil Luke came and we had another go at installing a mental metronome in his head.  We made progress from last week but it is not coming easily.  I will have to look closely at my teaching methods.  I can remember my younger son complaining to me some years ago.  He had a class of first year students to take when he was studying for his PhD and he told me that the students just wouldn’t learn properly.  “That’s easy enough, ” I replied.  “You are not teaching them properly then.”  He was much struck by this way of looking at things.

In the evening, my kind sister took us out for a meal.  The food was very good and what made the meal even better was the fact that we didn’t eat too much.

The flying bird of the day is a less stealthy goldfinch.

flying goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

36 thoughts on “The magic of frozen peas

  1. Glad to hear there was no lasting damage. A couple of weeks back the tandem fell over with me on it. My wife had already bailed and was standing close by observing my gracefulness. My quick release SPD pedal had failed to quick release. It seemed like slow motion as I headed for the ground catching myself with a free hand and my helmeted head. I thought that something would be bruised or sore the next day but fortunately no damage was done.

  2. Regarding the mental metronome, have you tried teaching conducting? It may help Luke if he tried conducting music, as you have to hear the rhythm if you are to conduct properly.
    I am glad you were not as badly injured as you might have been. The roses are beautiful and I enjoyed visiting the Tibetan Centre.

  3. I have just caught up on your misadventure. It sounds as if you were very lucky not to damage your knee. I do hope your ankle heals quickly. Sorry about pocketcam.

    Very interesting to read of and see the photographs of the Tibetan centre.

  4. One of our number had a problem with their mental metronome as well; her teacher had her march around the room to a recording of the piece she was struggling with.
    The Tibetan Centre looks fantastic – the kind of of place you could easily lose a day in.

  5. Like you, I do admire astrantias. Yesterday I observed a rather horrid happening on mine. I saw what looked like a very tiny black dragonfly – I think it was some kind of wasp actually – settle on a flower to take nectar. Then to my bemusement, a creamy coloured spider crept up the stem and half over the flower, and started binding the wasp’s wings. The poor wasp struggled then eventually gave up doing so, and just continued supping. I couldn’t bear to wait for the gruesome end.

    Hopefully your own mending will be complete soon.

  6. How amazing that you have such an elaborate Tibetan centre so close! To continue a previous conversation, you could get that Country Style magazine to visit your garden and they could take the photos and you would be famous!

  7. Beautiful roses.
    Hope your ankle recovers soon. The ice pack treatment and refraining from overdoing the exercise should help.
    Most interested in following you around the Tibetan Centre and seeing so many details.

  8. Tom, what a wonderful attitude you have to teaching students! My daughter has dyslexia and ordinary teaching methods that I used on my sons did not work for her. I researched and experimented and together we found ways which helped her learn best. She is now an avid reader and enjoying university. People learn in different ways don’t they? While hard work, I actually found that aspect to be an exciting part of the teaching process – it was rewarding to try different approaches until the message “clicked”. I’m sorry to read about your ankle but very glad that it seems to be better than it was. I enjoyed the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre. Most interesting. Once again an excellent collection of photographs. I like the pollen detail on the bee. They are too fast for me! 🙂

    1. You are quite right about needing different learning approaches for different people which is why government intervention on teaching matters is nearly always futile (however well intentioned).

  9. Ahhhhhh, that Lillian Austin….what pure pleasure!

    Glad to hear your ankle is better with the administration of the frozen peas. I use that technique often myself. Works a wonder.

  10. The self turning prayer wheels surprised me – I would have assumed them to be thought ineffective.

    I have been snapping pics of local swallow nests under bridges lately.

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