Today’s guest picture shows one of Tony’s dogs making sure that no-one forgets her hat when it is time for her walk.
Those hoping for birds or countryside views will be disappointed today. It was a day when I had the opportunity to go for a bike ride in the morning, to go for a walk in the afternoon and to go to the opera in the evening but as it happened, I had better things to do. Or rather, a better thing to do.
I had a moment to check the birds after breakfast.
And then it was time to drive the 40 miles north to catch a train from Tweedbank to Edinburgh. We would normally have driven 18 miles west and caught a train from Lockerbie but the recent storms have damaged a viaduct on the main line from Carlisle to Glasgow and Edinburgh and there are no trains running on it at present. We are lucky that the new Borders Railway is there as an alternative.
What with bad weather, damaged railway lines and occasional coughs and colds, we haven’t been to Edinburgh to see our family there since Christmas so it was good to get a calm and dry day for the trip today.
When we arrived, we were kindly picked up by our older son Tony, who had organised a convenient gap in his busy work routine to meet us. He treated us to a cup of coffee and then gave us a lift down to visit our grandchild Matilda and her mother Clare.
Matilda was pleased to see us though when it came to having her picture taken with her mother, you might not have guessed it.
She was more relaxed when showing off her socks to Granny.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal and I took Matilda off for a walk and gave Clare a moment of peace and quiet.
Matilda is a great walker and on this occasion she was more than happy to take us straight past the play park (which you can see on the right of the picture) to visit a much more interesting spot.
What could be more fun than watching diggers and dumpers at work on a busy building site?
We stayed there for some time and only then did we visit the play park. There were slides to be slid down….
…and swings to be swung on.
Matilda trying to see where Grandpa was at the same time as swinging gave Granny a nervous moment.
We were careful not to get carried away by over rumbustious swinging.
Mrs Tootlepedal and Matilda calmed down with a short run across the grass….
…and then we walked home.
Three things caught my eye during our walk.
Clare had improved the shining hour while we were out by cooking some brownies and we had these with a cup of tea to help us recover from the excitement of the walk.
We stayed to have a meal with Al, our younger son, when he got home from work and I took a moment to take a shot of the ladies of the house relaxing while Al did the cooking.
Though it must be said that Matilda enjoyed bumping down the stairs on her bottom more than formal posing.
After a tasty meal, we left to catch the train back to Tweedbank. It was on time and the drive south was uneventful so that rounded off a very satisfactory day.
The light hadn’t been very good before we left so a rather fuzzy goldfinch will have to do as FBotD.