A certain sense of déjà vu

Today’s guest picture shows a view of London from the top of Primrose Hill.  My sister Mary was following the Primrose path earlier in the week.

View from top of Primrose HillAs seems to have been the case for quite a long time now, we started the day by staring out of the window at grey skies and falling rain.

Once again, it was quite warm for the time of year and quite calm but the persistently soggy gloom didn’t make the idea of going outside very attractive.  Wanting to get some use out of the day, I got out my Dan Lepard cook book and set about making some of his teacakes.  My daughter had pointed out the recipe to me and she has left some helpful tips in the margin of the book.

His method for making bread dough is very easy on the wrists as it demands only gentle kneading but it takes some time because you have to let the dough rest for fifteen minutes between each gentle kneading session.  As a result, you  get very good dough but it takes quite a long time to get it prepared.  This was very satisfactory as I had plenty of time on my hands and the results later in the day, repaid the time taken.

tea cakesWe have been experimenting with the cooking time and oven temperature because if you follow the recipe’s suggestions using our oven, you end up with burnt concrete blocks.  Reducing the temperature and the time worked well today and Mrs Tootlepedal declared that they were the best I have made.  I agreed.

After the teacakes came out of the oven, we thought that we ought to go for a walk to shoogle down a little room for them and since it had stopped raining, we resolved to do the circuit of the Duchess, Sawmill and Town bridges.

Although it was pretty gloomy with the clouds sitting well down on the hills, the warm, still conditions made walking a pleasure.

Duchess Bridge
The misty view from the Duchess Bridge

Even in the murk, there were bursts of colour to be seen on the Castleholm…

Castleholm…and although there were plenty of fallen leaves on the paths….

fallen leaves…there were plenty still on the trees and bushes.


leavesMrs Tootlepedal complained that the rain had deprived her of the pleasure of kicking up the leaves as she walked through them.

At the Clinthead gardens, two trees were bursting with berries.

clinthead berries
Some sort of fancy rowan tree and a cotoneaster

I didn’t have my big camera with me so although we saw both Mr Grumpy and a dipper singing its head off, the best I could do was this.

heron and dipperI took a view down the Esk from the Town Bridge….

Esk…and noted the heaps of leaves on the ground under the trees.  It was so mild that it was hard to remember that November starts tomorrow and that our lovely autumn colour must come to an end soon.

Suspension Bridge

Perhaps though it will last until Tuesday when a little sunshine is forecast. There is no sign of any frost to come.

It was interesting to have a walk in the town and not to be able to see anything at all of the hills that surround us.

When we got home, we set about the teacakes with such appetite that by the evening there were only four of the original fourteen left and this saved us the trouble and expense of cooking an evening meal.  Not the healthiest diet perhaps but a treat all the same.

In between kneading the bread in the morning, I had looked out of the window from time to time to see a steadily increasing number of goldfinches on the feeder…

goldfinches…but it wasn’t a good day for bird photography so the flying bird of the day only just qualifies.  I had to catch it when it was almost stationary.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

32 thoughts on “A certain sense of déjà vu

  1. It sound like we’re in for some of your warm weather, with temps in the mid 60s (15C) forecast for next week. I hope for a mild winter on both sides of the Atlantic.
    The foliage colors are still beautiful there. The oaks and beeches have the spotlight here right now.
    The photo of Mrs. T walking does make it look a little soggy but I can almost smell those leaves. They always seem to smell more earthy when wet.

  2. The teacakes look scrumptious! I’m not surprised you and Mrs T ate most of them in one go! You have given us some fine pictures taken during your walk. Your leaf-colour photos are lovely.

    1. We are in a very good spell of colour at the moment. It is very hard not to take the same picture day after day, a temptation which I haven’t been entirely able to resist.

  3. It was nice of the jackdaw on the left to stop traffic while the other one landed. And no, I won’t try to explain what the position of all the feathers on the underside of its wing mean. 😉

    I like the moody feeling of the landscapes today, very well done!

  4. Having had no internet for over a week I was well behind with catching up on people’s blogs so I decided not to catch up (with the exception of yours!) And what a pleasure.

  5. Now I see why you warned me not to read this post; I made sure I had something to eat before I read it. But the tea cakes are scrumptious-looking. So are the Jackdaws, they qualify as a flying and a half bird for me. Leaves are lovely.

  6. I have just eaten dinner but your tea cakes have made me hungry again! I almost feel motivated enough to go and bake something now even though it’s nearly 7pm. They sound delicious! The views on your walk are delightful. Thanks for sharing such pretty countryside with excellent photographs.

  7. I am definitely going to incorporate “shoogle” into my vocab…and those tea cakes definitely deserved a shoogling stroll! The nonchalance of the pellet-smoking bird on the feeder made me smile.

  8. Congratulations on the professional looking teacakes. Wish I could have sampled one.
    The walk looks most enjoyable, still colourful views with leaves on and off the trees.

  9. You have so many beautiful places to walk, you shouldn’t have to worry about eating too many of those lovely teacakes (did you use beef dripping in them?). Your sisters’ recent guest photos have me tinged quite green around the edges – I can hardly imagine being able to just pop around to the places they visit on a regular basis!

  10. Yummy looking tea cakes. I like kicking leaves, too, and had forgotten about the pleasure because where I live we have mostly conifers and don’t get heaps of leaves like I remember from my former life in Seattle.

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