Under the rainbow


Today’s guest picture is the last from Tom’s wild life adventures in South Africa.

lionsWe had another late start today but it didn’t matter much because it was miserable, wet and nasty morning, not fit for anything other than sitting over the breakfast table and doing the crossword.  We managed to get breakfast finished in time for me to welcome Dropscone for coffee.

I had ground some coffee beans a few days ago for a friend who had bought beans instead of ground coffee by mistake  and I had lent him a handy tin to keep the ground coffee fresh.  He was so impressed by my little coffee grinder and the prospect of endlessly freshly ground coffee  that he went out and bought himself a (better) grinder and yesterday he gave me back my tin with some of his own ground coffee in it.  Dropscone and I tested it out and found it very good.

After coffee, Mrs Tootlepedal and I set about sawing up a couple of the apple tree branches.  If we take our time and don’t jigger ourselves, we will get the whole tree sawed up and into the log pile before too long.

I took a few pictures in spite of the rain.

jackdaw with pink pellet
The pink pellets are still pulling them in.


goldfinch and chaffinch
A goldfinch and chaffinch exchange views on the value of deficit reduction at the expense of the poor. (They are against it.)

After lunch (lentil soup), the day took a turn for the better and a little blue sky appeared…and a little blue tit as well…

blue tit…so I took a walk round the garden to see if there were still some flowers about.

nerine, clematis and salvia
Nerine, clematis and salvia laugh in the face of raindrops
marigold and poppy
Marigold and poppy look at things differently

Walking across the little bridge over our pond, I saw a streak of green between the planks which I took to be moss…I was wrong.

lichenThe hint of blue sky tempted Mrs Tootlepedal and me to get on our cycling gear but even as we were pulling on the leggings, it started to rain.  It was one of those days when the weather was unreliable because by the time we had our shoes on, it had stopped again so we set off up the Wauchope road.

We found ourselves pedalling along a river of sunshine…

Wauchope road…between banks of grey and threatening clouds….

cloudy windmills…and by the time we got to Wauchope schoolhouse, Mrs Tootlepedal voted for a quick return home before we got soaked.

The river of sunshine got narrower as we pedalled home….

wauchope road…until it closed up entirely…

rainbow…but it opened up a bit as we hit Caroline Street….

Caroline St rainbow….and I can confirm that the happy householder at 37 is the proud owner of a crock of gold.

Mrs Tootlepedal had had enough of this uncertainty and stopped cycling but I looked at the now blue sky, picked up Pocketcam and went back up the road.

You can see why I might have been tempted to risk a downpour.

Pool corner
Looking back at Pool Corner as I left the town.

I dropped in on my favourite cascade…

Wauchope cascade….and was pedalling happily up the road with a few miles in mind and enjoying the sunshine…

Wauchope road…until I got to the top of the hill past Wauchope School where massive grey clouds sent me scuttering back home.  I was putting my bike in the garage when the rain started.

It didn’t take long until the sun came out again though and I popped down to the suspension bridge to see how things looked there in the evening sun.

riverside treesMrs Tootlepedal looked at my picture when I got back and remarked that it was a pity about the telephone pole.

It was a pity…

riverside trees…so I disappeared it.

In the evening, we drove down to Canonbie to attend a performance by the Border Strathspey and Reel Society in Canonbie Church.

This is a group of musicians who keep alive traditional Scottish dance music.  There were about 25 of them tonight, mostly fiddlers but with an accordion, double bass, guitar, drums and keyboard players to add some depth to the sound.  As well as reels and strathspeys, they played jigs, marches and slow airs.  They were pretty good and a pleasure to listen to and they had an excellent local singer as one of their guest soloists.  By coincidence she sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ as part of her program.

The concert would have been unalloyed joy had the first half not gone on for an hour and a quarter with the second half looking to be just as long.  I was beginning to feel like Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (“You have delighted us long enough.”) but fortunately the concert organiser had some strong words with the group at half time and the second half was pruned sufficiently so that we got out after two and a quarter hours.   It was good to see a group so proud of their own work that they thought that a three hour concert would be needed to show it off but you can have too much of a good thing…..

…especially as I still had the pictures to prepare for posting and the blog to write when I got home.

Luckily the clocks go back tonight so a late bedtime won’t matter so much.

The flying bird of the day is another jackdaw with some white markings.

flying jackdaw

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “Under the rainbow

  1. I like the stone wall beside the road. We have many miles of stone walls but none like that one.
    The shots of the rainbow are excellent and the cascade looks to be running a bit rougher because of it.
    It must have taken a while to disappear that pole!

  2. From dark grey rainclouds to bright blue skies several times in one day must have been a pain to deal with, but a delight for us seeing the photos that you shot, wonderful! What software did you use to make the pole disappear if I may ask?

    1. I use Photoshop C6. It was a bit of a rush job but I used the healing brush tool, set to content aware fill (a wonderful tool) and the clone tool.

  3. Beautiful pictures of the countryside and loved the humour throughout. Looks like someone likes you – dodging the rain at every turn.

  4. Your weather there today reminds me a little of our Brisbane summer days when storms can roll across quite quickly. One minute we have blue sky, then a thunderstorm and then a rainbow. The shots are beautiful, Tom. how lovely the colours are. Rainbows, cascades, autumn leaves and a river of sunshine – what a lovely offering. What actually is the strip of green? Is it lichen?

  5. Loved the photograph of the roaring cascade, the wonderful autumn colours of the foliage and the birds having such excellent political views. Would that the government listened to them.

  6. Thanks for risking the rain – those photos are a treat! As for the extended concert programme: maybe with practice you could “disappear” that sort of thing as well.

  7. I love the colour combination of the nerine, clematis and salvia. They complement each other really well. Lovely birds as well. And how nice you got to hear the rainbow song.

  8. That photograph of the chaffinch on the decorative railing is a winner.
    Wonderful autumn colours, and very clever of you to disappear the telephone pole.

  9. You seem to get a lot or rainbows (which might be connected, sadly, to all the rain you get . . .). The first chaffinch is a cute wee thing – looks rather bemused about something.

  10. Some wonderful photos from your cycle rides; the autumn colours you have in your part of the country are glorious! You are fortunate to have some pixie-cups in your garden!

  11. It always amazes me that you get the blog post written on the same day. Especially such a good one as this. Great River of Sunshine and rainbow. Stunning tree colors. The reference to Mr Bennett made me laugh. Such a useful quotation. And I agree with your political birds.

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