The joy of six

garden frame

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Mary Jo from Manitoba.  She was paying a visit to Vancouver when she saw this unusual example of the art of gardening.

garden frame

The wind changed from east to west overnight here and brought a slight rise in the temperature and some rain to go with it.  The weather also brought in some siskins who were as rude as ever to a chaffinch who dared to approach the feeder while they were on it.


With the conditions unfavourable for cycling, I was happy to have the company of Sandy and Dropscone for coffee.

Dropscone is a man of habit and always makes four scones to bring when he comes for coffee and we have two each.  On this occasion, I had rung him up to say that Sandy would be in attendance too and, wonder of wonders, Dropscone appeared with six scones and there were two for us all.  He revealed that this had required considerable recalculation of recipe quantities and the use of two pans but he had managed this without the sky falling in.  We were very grateful.

By the time that we had eaten all the scones and drunk the coffee, the rain had stopped and after the others had gone off, I went out for a little walk.

I didn’t go for any distance but just walked up to Pool Corner….

Pool Corner
A good view of the caul that creates the pool at the corner.

…and walked back along the river for a few hundred yards.  I was hoping for a view of a heron, a dipper or even a kingfisher but saw none of them.  A helpful friend who works beside the river told me that I should come early in the morning if I wanted to see the kingfishers so I am going to make an effort, when and if the good weather comes back, to get out before breakfast to see if I have any luck.

I did admire the rain soaked moss on the wall beside the pool….

Pool Corner moss

…but otherwise saw nothing to write home about.

When I got back, a rare visitor in the plum tree caught my eye.

A brambling

It popped down to take a seed or two.


…but didn’t stay for long.

It started to rain again so after lunch, I took some time to catch up on a little business and put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.  There had been quite a controversy as to whether a shirt entered in an industrial class in the flower show of 1892 had been illicitly machine stitched.  The charge was angrily denied.   They really lived on the edge in those days.

When the rain cleared, Mrs Tootlepedal and I went out for another brief six mile pedal.  Conditions were not very attractive with a brisk wind and lowering clouds but it was good to get out for a second day in a row.  Every little helps.

In the evening, I was driven to Carlisle by Susan and we enjoyed an hour and a half of fine recorder playing with our group.

In spite of the gloomy weather, I got some good scones with a pedal and a tootle today so once again it was a case of “mustn’t grumble”.

The brambling obliged with a pose which gained it the coveted spot of flying bird of the day.






Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “The joy of six

  1. What an excellent flying bird shot of the day! It almost looks like it is standing in mid-air and waving at us. I’ve a fondness for moss so your delicate close-up was especially appreciated. I have wondered for some time whether you and Dropscone are atypical of your generation of men in Scotland regarding cooking and baking or whether it is common? I think it is wonderful that you and Mrs T are not limited by the gender stereotypes of the day. I admire Mrs T for her ability at fixing things and outdoor activities and your ability in the kitchen. While it is more common in the younger generation here, it wasn’t so in my own parent’s generation.

    1. Dropscone was a baker by profession and Mrs T would have been a professional gardener if she had lived in a perfect world. She is very good with her hands and loves woodwork and decorating. My cooking is basic but functional.

  2. That’s a beautiful shot of the moss spore capsules. I’ve got to look around at our mosses and see if they’re into spore production mode yet.
    I wonder if the pool at the corner once had something to do with powering a mill.

  3. I love the “suave bird about town” look of the brambling and the bejewelled moss if very pretty. Adapting a recipe is always a lottery; kudos to Dropscone for taking the risk 🙂

  4. Beautiful images of both the flying brambling and the moss! Since Dropscone has the recipe perfected to make six scones, you should ask him for two extras to eat if you go after the kingfisher before breakfast.

  5. Glad to hear Dropscone brought plenty for all! Do you think he might share his recipe?

    Those are all beautiful photos! I am partial to mosses, and especially love the water droplets collected on the spore case heads. Excellent flying bird of the day, too.

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