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.
I 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.
As were the astrantias.
A yellow iris has come out to join the others.
My 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…
…and a goldfinch hiding behind the feeder pole.
Mrs 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…
…and some are in various vegetable gardens.
There is a wealth of decoration on everything that has a spare inch.
I enjoyed taking a close look at the figures round the base of the large gateway.
The 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.
We 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.
As well as the buildings, some peaceful landscaping has been done.
The 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.
Near 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.
We 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.
36 thoughts on “The magic of frozen peas”
Sorry to hear about your Ankle Mr T. Beautiful photographs, as always.
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.
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.
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.
I hope that the ankle heals quickly.
I don’t know which I like better, the photos of the roses, or those from the Tibetan Center, both sets are excellent!
Tibetan centre looks great.
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.
I hope to use slightly less drastic methods.
Relieved to hear that frozen peas were all that was needed. Love that blackbird shot against the flowers.
At the right place at the right time for once.
Know the feeling.
Sorry you fell over Tom, and glad you are ok
Very stupid but lucky.
It’s good to look at your blog on my computer (rather than my phone) -your photos are fantastic
A phone doesn’t do anyone’s pictures justice as a viewing screen.
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.
I hope for no such gruesome scenes in our garden.
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!
I am not sure that Mrs T and I are quite gracious enough for that.
More famous than you already are, I mean.
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.
Peas! Such a versatile vegetable 😜. Glad your on the mend. I do love the Lillian Austin roses.
Peas have been my friends this year with first the knee and then my ankle.
I’m glad there was nothing seriously injured by the fall.
The monastery is a real treat and the carvings are amazing.
That yellow iris is a beauty!
It is a most elaborate place.
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! 🙂
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).
Blackbird/ seed photo is especially nice with the blurred color in the background.
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.
It is a wonderful rose and changes remarkably during the brief life of each flower.
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.
They turn over vast quantities of prayers according to a notice nearby.
I’m glad there was no lasting damage from your fall. The Tibetan Centre was wo derful. I think I should like walking around there.
It is a curious place in the middle of the Scottish hills.