Getting things done

River Trent

Today’s guest picture shows the River Trent at Burton-on-Trent.  My brother Andrew took the picture while visiting the town.

River TrentWe had another pleasantly warm but very grey and gloomy day.  Luckily, we had plenty to keep us occupied.  Dropscone brought round some of his traditional Friday morning treacle scones to go with a cup of coffee or two and when he left, Mrs Tootlepedal and I settled down and did our tax for 2014-15.  It has got a lot simpler since we retired from the B&B business so we were able to get it finished before lunch…and have time for a walk round the damp garden.

A few more cosmos and sunflowers are poking their heads up.
A few more cosmos and sunflowers are poking their heads up.
And a pleasing number of field poppies have appeared too
A lupin has given us a delicate secondary flowering and the bees can't get enough of the hosta flowers
A lupin has given us a delicate secondary flowering and the bees can’t get enough of the hosta flowers
There are Nasturtiums in different shades all over the garden

After lunch, I walked up to the town to post the tax envelope, deliver the heritage DVDs which I copied last night to the Information Hub (as the tourist office is rather grandly called now) and drop off a begging letter for Archive Group funding to a local charitable trust.

Once home, Mrs Tootlepedal declared herself ready for a cycle ride in spite of the ever present threat of rain but I fancied a walk so we went our separate ways.  It remained dry for some of our outing and didn’t rain hard enough to get us really wet when it did start so we chose a good moment.

My walk took me onto the Kilngreen where I came upon Mr Grumpy surrounded by a very large flock of ducks.

Mr Grumpy and ducksI haven’t seen any little ducklings this year but obviously the ducks have been busy and I was nearly knocked over by a rush of quite mature ducklings hoping that I was bringing them food.

I managed to sidestep them though and continued my stroll up the Lodge Walks.

Lodge walks
It really was a gloomy day.

There were some fungi to be seen.

A hungry fungus eater had got to these ones on a tree stump before me.
There were large and striking examples in a cleft in a tree and tiny little ones on a gate post

I crossed the Castleholm past this tree which looks as though it is imploring heaven to be kind to it.

tree on castleholmIt doesn’t look as though it has led a happy life so far.

I was hoping for wild raspberries but either the crop was poor or some greedy so and so had beaten me to it and eaten them all.  There less edible fruits to admire.

We used to love flying these ‘helicopters’ when we were children.
I don’t know what these are.

Alongside the school playing field there are a set of trees that make you look twice.

bent trees
I am not sure what happened to shape them like this

There were a couple of bright moments to offset the gloom, one among the wild flowers beside the path….

yellow flower..and the other in the minister’s garden which I passed on my way home.

minister's gardenMrs Tootlepedal had cycled her five  miles more quickly than I had walked my mile and a half and was home before me.

I took a moment to watch the bird feeder.

Plenty of siskins about

The grey weather is set to continue tomorrow but I hope to be able to have a more active day if I can persuade myself to get up and go.  This is by no means something to bet the house on.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch. It came out better than the day deserved.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

37 thoughts on “Getting things done

  1. A lovely shot of the River Trent. I think what makes many of your rivers so appealing is that they are accessible, with towpaths or walkways or landscaped areas abutting them. That happens very rarely here, even when the rivers flow through a city. In many instances you have to crash your way through tangles of trees and scrub to get to a river. A pity, really, as there’s something essentially soothing about bodies of water (at least when they’re not in flood!).

  2. The seeds you don’t know look disturbingly like giant hogweed seeds. I see there is a common hogweed in Europe, perhaps it’s that? (Heracleum sphondylium)

  3. The Lodge Walk looks inviting, much like the old country roads I knew back east, way back when. The trees look like they could be out of J.R.R. Tolkien. Young Ents, perhaps?

  4. The gene for great photography must run in your family, the guest photo of the River Trent from your brother is stunning.

    It was nice to see Mr. Grumpy again, and I’m happy that you weren’t trampled by the ducks.

  5. Well done getting your tax return done.
    Lovely colours both in your garden, especially the nasturtiums, and a fine hydrangea on your walk. Glad to see Mr G out and about.

  6. It was nice to see Mr Grumpy again. I like that you and Mrs T are happy to let each other do your own thing (she cycled and you walked). Some are not content to give their partners such freedom. Lovely flower photos as always. As Jerry said, the photography genes must run in the family. I also liked Andrew’s picture.

  7. I had the same thought about you and Mrs T “doing your own thing”. I was surprised to see Mr Grumpy hanging about with all those ducks! I pictured him a bird of constant solitude.

  8. Mr Grumpy looks like a school master in charge of some very unruly pupils. I think the seeds are hogweed. We have a lot of the non giant stuff around here.

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