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