Today’s guest pictures come from my daughter Annie. She looked on the internet for advice on camera settings, used her tripod and, over the space of an hour, took much better pictures of the lunar eclipse than I did. Click on the picture for an expanded look at it.
Instead of going to Lockerbie and catching the train there, we went to Tweedbank and caught a train on the brand new Borders Railway service on the recently re-opened section of the Waverley Line. The 40 mile drive up to Galashiels was a treat in itself as we set off on one of those mornings when the early mists were just lifting and the hills looked at their best.
The train was pretty full but we got seats and enjoyed going smoothly up the railway line looking at the winding main road beside it instead of going slowly up the winding main road as we have in past months and looking at the line under construction.
When we got to Edinburgh, the weather was just as fine as it was in Langholm.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I took her for a short walk…
…but all too soon it was time to leave to catch the train home.
We arrived back in Tweedbank on time and I took a picture from the commodious car park to show that however much money they have spent on reviving the railway line, no money has been wasted on the terminal station.
The drive home was as sunny and scenic as the drive out but Mrs Tootlepedal thinks that she will return to using the Lockerbie route when she next goes to Edinburgh because it needs a lot less time spent driving as the station is only 18 miles away from us and the train goes a lot quicker so the trip takes the same time.
When we got home, there was just enough light left to catch a passing poppy….
Then there was time for a light meal before Susan arrived to drive me off to Carlisle and a meeting of our recorder group. One of our group has taken up the clarinet and has joined an amateur orchestra which meets fortnightly on a Tuesday so tonight there were only four of us. We had an excellent evening of playing with the highlight being a Bach Motet. It is a great privilege as well as a pleasure to have friends with whom it is possible to enjoy playing such good music.
The flying bird of the day had unfortunately landed before I could press my shutter finger.