Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba and shows a rather strange extra rock under the tree in her garden.
I was pleased to wake up at a reasonable time as I had set my alarm for first, three o’clock and then, half past four during the night in the hope of seeing the lunar eclipse. Mrs Tootlepedal and I did wake up and see the eclipse but it didn’t seem to be quite as exciting as we had been promised. This is what we saw around 3am.
The cold morning kept me hanging about for an hour after breakfast before I set off on the fairly speedy bike to make the best of the sunshine. The temperature was still in single figures C but the sunny weather kept me warm. I was a bit pressed for time so I stuck to an easy route and a modest distance of thirty miles. I took a couple of pictures of the quiet roads that I followed. One in Scotland….
I hardly saw any traffic, either motorised or on four legs, so I had a very tranquil spin round the low country.
I had time for a shower, lunch and a quick look at the sedum before going off to do my stint in the Information Hub on the High Street. The sedum was busier than ever. I counted over a hundred insects on it today.
My two hours at the IH were far from boring today as I had several customers visiting the art exhibition there. I even sold one of them a painting. I also sold a copy of the Langholm Walks to a local resident who told us that he had had an excellent view of the eclipse last nigh from his house which is up on the hill above the town. I was also entertained by a visit from Dropscone who had returned from golf lesson in Carlisle so the time passed very pleasantly.
When I got home, I turned down an offer of a cup of tea with Mike Tinker and whisked Mrs Tootlepedal off to visit the scabious on the hill which I had seen a few days ago.
The fungus on the tree stump on the track up to the open hill had lasted very well….
It is always a pleasure to look down at the town tucked neatly among the hills.
We got back in time for me to have a cup of tea before my flute pupil Luke came for his regular practice. He is playing in a school concert this week so we ran through his piece for that and then we played some duets.
Once again, time was a bit short but I had time for my tea before going out to play trios with Isabel and Mike. They had both got up to see the eclipse but had not been very impressed. We had a good play though, in spite of the lack of sleep and there is a fair chance that several of the composers might even have recognised the pieces that we were playing.
In all the rushing about, I didn’t have time to get a good flying bird shot and this was my best effort.