A small window of opportunity

Rumbling Bridge

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Liz, who has been visiting the wonderfully named Rumbling Bridge.  The first bridge, built in 1713, wasn’t quite up to the job so they built another bridge over the top of it 100 years later.

Rumbling BridgeMrs Tootlepedal had a busy day with meetings in Carlisle in the morning and Ecclefechan in the afternoon so mostly I was left to my own devices.  As usual my devices included reading the paper, doing crosswords and drinking coffee but the forecast was for rain later so I thought that I better get a walk in while there was still time.

It was warm and still and, of course, rather misty too.

I crossed the suspension bridge and noted the fading of the recent colour…

parish church…before going onto the Kilngreen in pursuit of ducks or gulls.  An enterprising wee boy had made off with almost all the ducks…

Meeting of the waters…but had kindly left me one or two.

mallardThere were no gulls obligingly floating about so I walked over the Sawmill Bridge in search of some mushrooms.  A camera club member had shown us a good picture of them earlier in the week.

I was far from the only one walking and the general opinion was that it was a grand day for a stroll.

Lodge WalksThe mushrooms were beside the Lodge Walks….

Oyster mushrooms…growing in an old hollow tree trunk which had been felled and left beside the road.  A man picking very late brambles nearby told me that they are oyster mushrooms and that he had picked and eaten some with no ill effect.  I am too cowardly to pick wild mushrooms so I took another picture….

Oyster mushrooms….and walked on.

At the Lodge, I had the choice of the quick or the longer way home and I chose the longer route round the pheasant hatchery.

Pheasant hatcheryThe views across the field were delightful, even in the mist.  The camera could see a bit more clearly than I could.

Trees beside the EskSome of the deciduous trees have shed their leaves and some still have them all and some….

castleholm tree…are in between.

Just as I got to the furthest point from home, a sense of moistness on my cheek made me think more of speeding my footsteps and less of taking pictures.  I did stop for one more….

Castleholm….but as the moisture turned to actual raindrops, speed became of the essence and I tucked my camera in its bag and hurried home.

And that was the best of the day, as the rain persisted for some time.

Mrs Tootlepedal came and went and I put a couple of weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and prepared a practice file for one of our Langholm choir pieces and generally, like the House of Lords, did nothing much but did it very well.

In the evening, I went off with Sandy to the Archive Centre, where with his help, I polished off another week of the index and caught right up with the data miners.  Another member is helping with the data entry and this makes all the difference to the amount that I have to do.

Once again, it wasn’t a day for watching birds so I made do with a goldfinch peering through the rain….

goldfinch…and a very poor flying bird of the day.

chaffinchI will have to think of something else to put at the end of posts if this uncooperative grey weather continues.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “A small window of opportunity

  1. You have taken some beautiful pictures of autumn leaf-colour today – the in-between tree in particular. How satisfying to have caught-up with the data miners at last!

  2. That double bridge picture is very nice. So practical. The picture of the longer route round the pheasant hatchery is just beautiful. I would like to walk that longer route, too!

  3. It looks like your foliage colors are still going strong. That lone tree is beautiful.
    That’s a nice shot of the mallard; it looks so serene even though the water shows a lot of movement.
    The bridge built over another bridge is really amazing.

  4. I know that you’d rather have some sunny days, but these overcast days with the mist have produced many great landscapes in the diffused lighting, and today was no exception!

    The mushrooms were interesting and well photographed as well. I’m with you, no matter what any one tells me, I’m not about to sample wild mushrooms.

    1. The misty scenes have been enjoyable to walk through as well as photograph so I shouldn’t complain too much and at least it is very warm for the time of the year.

  5. As I was about to say, ‘I was about to say that I was with you on the mushrooms, but as qsp has just done so I won’t, but just add that the French think we’re utterly mad to forgo such delights, and my local Wildlife Trust organises ‘fungus forays’, though of course these are led by experts.’

  6. I would love to have the knowledge to forage wild mushrooms but can’t imagine ever having the utter confidence that I had correctly identified them. Photographing them is much the better option. I also like the in-between tree; it reminds me of Hobbiton’s Party Tree.

  7. Still a lot of colourful leaves on many of your trees. Ours seem to be all on the ground and cluttering up my little front path.

  8. Your fall colours are lasting a long time, and are very beautiful. Like you, we continue to suffer through wet and dreary weather, although (gasp) it’s supposed to be sunny and 11º on the weekend – fingers crossed!

  9. I am too nervous to eat anything but the common variety garden mushroom. I wish I knew more about them. Yes, apparently oyster mushrooms are quite delicious and I see a variety in the shops here. I still couldn’t be sure of them on my walks though. The colours of the foliage along the paths are lovely and the duck picture is very vibrant. Thanks for your daily posts, Tom. I don’t know how you keep it up!

  10. Like you I am too cowardly to pick and eat mushrooms even when I am almost sure they are edible. Survival instinct I guess. You got out at just the right time and got back at almost the right time it would seem. We have had nothing it rain since 2 November and I feel I’m going stir crazy.

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