Another outing

Dropscone's fungus

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone, who went for a walk a couple of days ago with his new camera and bumped into this fine crop of fungus.

Dropscone's fungus

We woke to blue skies and a hint of sunshine so after a leisurely breakfast, Mrs Tootlepedal donned her gardening gear and I wrapped myself up in several layers of cycling clothing and we were sipping a stimulating cup of coffee getting ready to go outside when we looked up and saw that it was raining heavily.

It stopped raining so I put out a pellet or two….


…girded up my loins and went off pedalling in the hope that the shower was an isolated one.

Meanwhile, Mrs Tootlepedal set about some tulip bulbs with a trowel.

I chose a route of about the same length as yesterday’s but with half the hill climbing so I was able to enjoy the brief spells of sunshine,  ignore the occasional showers and, with the aid of a friendly breeze, come back home much more quickly than I went out.

With an ever present threat of rain, I didn’t dawdle and only stopped to take one picture.

River esk

This was the River Esk looking as though butter wouldn’t melt in its mouth.  Whether it will look like this tomorrow is another question as the forecasters are offering us a possible twelve hours of heavy rain overnight and in the morning.  We shall see.

I was very pleased to have been able to get a couple of thirty mile rides in to end a miserable month and they brought my total mileage for the year to 3,500 just beating my total for 2012, my worst year since I started keeping my stats on a spreadsheet but a long way short of my best of 6,600 in 2011.    I will have to try harder next year (and get better weather).

There was just enough light left when I had arrived home and had had a little sit down to recover to be able to watch a bird or two.

The warm weather has meant that garden feeders are not a priority for our local birds and things have been very quiet lately.  I saw a few goldfinches today….


…but the plum tree was not busy….

plum tree

…and it is hard to believe that Dr Barlow, our local bird ringer, netted over 100 different birds in our garden over two mornings  in April 2013.

I summoned up enough energy to prepare a sourdough loaf (which is enjoying its second rise as I type this) and have a shower and then spent the rest of the evening perfecting my dark nights relaxation technique.

A flying chaffinch ends a short and dull post, well suited to another short and dull day.   Roll on the new year and some better weather.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “Another outing

  1. I think the mushrooms are a winter mushroom called velvet shank (Flammulina velutipes) for their downy stems.
    It must be nice to have a day to do absolutely nothing if you so choose. It seems like it’s been a while since my last.

  2. It’s too bad that the wet and miserable weather prevented you from cycling more, but on the other hand . . . you go cycling when it isn’t raining, your house is dry when it is raining, and Mrs. T. is putting out tulip bulbs!

  3. I feel like I’ve been away from the blogging world for weeks. Continued illhealth and family commitments have kept my attention. I have now caught up on reading all your Christmas activities though. I want to thank you for sharing your daily photographs and news with your readers over the past year. It has certainly been a joy and often a comfort when the world news is quite disturbing. I often mention to my family what has been going on in the Tootlepedal family and show them pictures of life in Scotland. I hope 2016 brings your family good health and many special memories. Best wishes.

    1. I don’t really think that you should be torturing your family in this way. What harm have they done to you? 🙂

      It is really kind of you to say such a nice thing. I love writing my diary and if it pleases anyone else that is a source of innocent enjoyment to me. I hope 2106 brings an all round improvement to your health and that we will be able to accompany you on one of your illustrated walks in the near future.

  4. I hope that once you have perfected your dark nights relaxation technique, that you’ll share it with the rest of us, because I could use an expert’s opinion.

    I would say that 3,500 miles is very respectable since you weren’t able to cycle for a few months as your new knee healed. Also, you haven’t said anything about the wall that you had rebuilt leaking despite all the rain that you’ve received, so that must be another headache that you no longer have to worry about.

  5. I agree that the 3,500 total mileage is very impressive so soon after a knee operation. Glad you managed most of it in the dry.

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