Singing in the rain

Victoria Quay Sheffield

Today’s guest picture comes from a visit that my brother paid to Sheffield.  It shows the Victoria Quay.

Victoria Quay SheffieldMrs Tootlepedal went off to Edinburgh after breakfast and the brisk winds and heavy rain that she left behind made me quite happy to settle down to putting some weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.  The good weather of the past few days had once again left me well behind in my schedule so this was not before time.

I interrupted the work once to investigate getting my new phone to work,  This turned out to be relatively painless.

I discovered that I could ‘chat’ on-line with a disembodied being and he/she revealed that I needed to wait twenty four hours after putting in the sim card before it would work.  It was as simple as that and I wondered why the email saying that my phone was ‘ready to go’ hadn’t revealed this but I assume that they think that everyone knows this already.  Anyway, on the stroke of the twenty four hours, my phone worked.  Hooray.  Now there are just the 129 pages to read.

My other pause was to entertain Dropscone to a cup of coffee.  He was in cheerful mood as he had played a good game if golf in windy conditions yesterday at a seniors tournament on a tricky course.  His scones were good too.

I completed a couple of weeks of the index before lunch and finally the rain relented enough for me to get my camera out and walk round the garden…

The palest poppy that I have ever seen has come out.

…but it was too windy to spend time on flowers so I set the camera up to watch birds for a while instead.

chaffinches on the feeder
At one moment it was all chaffinches….
siskins on the feeder
…and a few minutes later it was totally siskins.

Variety is the spice of life.

The young blackbirds were lurking about the garden again today.

young blackbirdAt lunchtime, my new phone burst into life with a query from Sandy as to  whether I was up for an outing.  The forecast looked reasonable and the rain had almost stopped so we agreed on an excursion to Longtown for a walk along the river and round the ponds.

By the time that Sandy arrived (bringing a very nice home made carrot cake with him), the weather was looking up and we set off for Longtown in good spirits.

By the time Sandy had parked the car at Longtown…

Longtown…and we had got down to the river, the sun had come out to match the flowers and we had a very pleasant if breezy stroll.

When we started our walk, we met a striking yellow flower on the banks of the Esk…

Golden RodI think it might be Golden Rod but as always, I am open to correction.

There were signs of the turning of the season though.

seed heads and convolvulusThe most common sight on our walk was fluffy seed heads and actual flowers like this convolvulus were few and far between.

The exception was a burst of Himalayan balsam….

Himalayan balsam…which is pretty but rather invasive and so is not very welcome.

There was plenty of water going down the Esk after the rain….

River esk in spate..but the ponds were as peaceful as ever.

Longtown pondsOur plan was to to walk round the ponds but this was thwarted by an outbreak of cows…

cows…who had had the same idea.

They are very handsome animals….

cows…but we didn’t feel like testing their good nature as they grazed on the path we were intending to use.

We settled for walking along the river bank and back.

Esk at Longtown
There are worse places to walk.

Although we didn’t see anything particularly exciting, the walk itself was a great pleasure and the chance to stretch our legs after a morning of miserable weather was much appreciated.  As always at a sunny moment, the bridge over the Esk looked wonderful.

Bridge at LongtownIn spite of the lure of birds and flowers in a sunlit garden,  I settled down to put a third week of the newspaper index into the database when I got home.

During the day, my new phone had brought me the exciting news that Mrs Tootlepedal and Clare had taken Matilda for a walk.  This, to coin a phrase, is a great step forward.  This was not just a few faltering footsteps but a genuine adventure involving going up the street and down another one and across…and down…and up the street again.  This was a journey of about 400 yards and from there to the World Championships can only be a matter of time now.

Mrs Tootlepedal had had to stand on her way to Edinburgh because the train was so full (we blame the Edinburgh Festival) but she got a seat on the way back and arrived home safely.

In the evening, I met Sandy again and we went to the Archive Centre.  Sandy changed the window display (we show a selection of photographs from our archives for the interest of passers by) while I put the fourth week of the day into the database.  This was a hard work for me as my typing is very erratic and I have to do endless corrections as I go along but it didn’t get me much further as the data miners had prepared another four weeks for me to take away so I was back where I had started after breakfast.

Still my new phone is working and I used it to take some of the pictures in today’s post so I am very content.

Although there was a moment on our walk when it looked as though we might have any amount of flying birds to photograph…

gulls at Longtown…they flew off before we could get near and so I found a flying chaffinch to be FBotD.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “Singing in the rain

  1. I had to smile at the “cow outbreak”, but understand you didn’t want to test their good nature 🙂 The very pale poppy is beautiful!

  2. Very glad to hear that you are pleased with your new phone and sorted out the technical problem so easily. Lovely view of the bridge over the Esk.
    Commiserations to Mrs T for having to stand all the way to Edinburgh.

  3. I must see if I can use ‘thwarted by an outbreak of cows” in a conversation one day. Is a Mr T original or does it come from another show I have never watched before? 🙂
    Good luck with the other 129 pages of instructions. My ancient phone is in its deaththrows now and I’m already having palpitations at the thought of having to wrestle with a modern phone and accompanying encyclopaedia of instructions.
    How exciting about Matilda’s walking adventure. Won’t be too long and she’ll be racing her grandfather on two wheels!
    My favourite photos this time are the water droplets on the poppy and the lovely bridge shot.

  4. love the outbreak of cows. I agree you found a goldenrod, followed shortly by what I would call Canada thistle, but I think is called creeping thistle in Europe. I have to say the Balsam is lovely, even if it is a weed.

  5. I must be the only other person in the world that didn’t know about the 24 hour sim card delay thanks for the heads-up.. Hooray for Matilda’s mini marathon – one small step and all that.

      1. They are just like the standard Dumfries-shire cottage. There are still quite a lot of these single story, built on the earth cottages about.

  6. Mr Tootlepedal. You were wise to avoid the ‘cows’ because they look very much like bulls to me.
    I am so impressed with your photographs it’s hard to believe that you took them with the camera on your telephone. I have always imagined you with a top of the range with one of those foot long things attached that the papparatzi use.

    1. I have a zoom lens on a DSLR but it is heavy and I don’t usually carry it about with me. Some of the pictures were taken on the phone and some with Pocketcam.

  7. I have never heard of a sim card delay!

    I love the balsam; it is considered invasive here, which is a shame, although it is fairly easy to do battle with.

  8. The Himalayan balsam is spreading down here too. On the riverbank it’s a menace because it pushes all the natural flowers out and then dies off over winter leaving the banks bare and susceptible to erosion. It is pretty though. As for cows, I know exactly what you mean. I prefer them behind a fence.

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