Today’s guest picture comes from a visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by my friend Venetia. The park has a lot of water in it.
My get up and go took some finding this morning but it eventually emerged only to be immediately discouraged by some threatening rain drops. In the end though, it laughed at a few rain drops and set out for a gentle pedal taking me with it.
It continued to rain but in such a desultory way that there was no danger of getting wet and before I had got home, it had stopped completely. I had intended to do a few leisurely miles but I was overtaken by a couple of young chaps after three miles. They were pedalling along in such a relaxed fashion while chatting away that my legs were affronted by the ease with which they had passed me and encouraged me to make an effort to keep up with them.
Three miles later they were still just in sight when they turned off my route. My legs were in fine form by this time though and kept on pedalling whether I wanted then to or not and I got to Paddockhole, my turning point at just over ten miles, in a very reasonable time.
I turned for home with a light breeze in my face and with every intention of relaxation when I was passed again, this time by a couple from Langholm. Once again my legs got the better of my good sense and I tried to keep them in sight for as long as possible. I couldn’t keep up with them but they were still in sight eight miles later.
The result of this senseless rushing about with no stopping for photos was a very respectable (for me) average speed of 15 mph, though I had to sprint along Henry Street flat out to knock the average up that vital last tenth of an mph before I stopped.
Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden….
…so I helped where I could. In between times I mowed the middle lawn and looked at a flower or two. There are new ones…
…and long standing old friends.
I took a close look at some unfolding phlox….
Mrs Tootlepedal took a water lily out of our overcrowded pond and out neighbour Kenny planted it in the dam behind our house. It will be interesting to see if it can survive in the flowing water there.
Somehow, the afternoon slipped away between gardening and the occasional sit down to do the crossword and in the early evening, Mrs Tootlepedal suggested a short cycle ride round Potholm. I was determined to take a picture or two this time.
We followed the trail of the lonesome pine…
I made one last stop to capture the Esk below the road to the Breckonwrae…..
We stopped once more when we met a friend trying out her new electric bicycle. This was her first go on it and she was very pleased with the way it had floated up the first hill that she had met. I have my eye on one of these for when the time comes.
After tea, the sun came out for a while but this was a false dawn, or rather a false evening, because not long afterwards, we were subjected to thunder and lightning with heavy rain. Luckily this seems to have passed over as I write this and we are promised some sunshine tomorrow. This will be very welcome.
I have just heard another roll of thunder in the distance so I will sign off while the internet is still working with a customary flying bird.