Get up and gone


Today’s guest picture comes from Tony & Co’s visit to Cephalonia.   They had some high spots in their holiday and this is one of them.


My get up and go had no option but to return today as the first business of the day was to get up and go to Carlisle.   I was acting as chauffeur for Mrs Tootlepedal who was off to spend a day at the Gardeners’ World Flower Show in Birmingham in company with our daughter, who was coming up from London to meet her there.

Everything went well, Mrs Tootlepedal caught her train and I got home safely.   I had a quick walk round the garden before I went in.

The coral peonies were still curled up in the cool of the morning….

curled peonies

… but by the end of a sunny afternoon, it was another story altogether.

uncurled peonies

That’s what I call the wow factor.

The roses are getting better every day.

lilian austin and rosa complicata
Lilian Austin and Rosa Complicata

I looked at the birds when I went in.

busy feeder
They were so busy that I felt quite tired and had to have a sit down.

My morning plan was to drink coffee, do the crossword and watch Scotland beat Japan at rugby on the telly.

It worked well, though the Scotland win was far from convincing and I didn’t finish a rather tricky crossword until later in the day.

After lunch, the weather looked set fair and the wind not too bad so I checked on the tropaeolum….

It was very red.

…and the daisies….

They were very white

…and went off for a pedal.  It is the Muckletoon Adventure Festival this weekend and as part of it, there is a hilly cycle sportive tomorrow so I thought I would see if my legs were in the mood for such a challenge by giving them a gentle run over a flattish route.

I enjoyed my 44 mile ride a lot but my legs let it be known that a longer and hillier ride was not on their to do list so I will have to give it a miss.

Those with time hanging heavy on their hands can see the details of the ride by clicking on the map below.

Garmin route 18 June 16

As you can see, Garmin adds a weather condition to the route details and on this occasion it was pretty inaccurate because it was well above 60°, the sun was shining and the wind was quite brisk at times, especially when I was coming back.  I did the 7 flat miles from Annan to Gretna at an average of 19.5 miles an hour and I certainly couldn’t have done that with a wind of only 3 mph behind me.

I went to Annan through Eaglesfield and came back via Gretna and passed two sources of local employment on my way (note the sunny day).

chapelcross and gretna

Many cross people write to the papers to complain that windmills don’t provide power when the wind doesn’t blow but they seem to forget that the Chapelcross nuclear power station (on the left above) has not been providing any power for several years as it is shut but there is still a large crew working on taking it down and making it safe and they will be working (but not producing any power) for many, many years.  On the other hand there seems to be a never ending supply of people wanting to be married at Gretna.

It was a good day for pedalling and the wind had changed and was coming from the west today which might account for the sunshine after a rather grey spell in recent days with the wind in the east.  The sun had brought the hedge roses out.

hedge roses

One of the things that I like about the back roads on the Solway plain is the way that individual trees in the hedges punctuate the views.

Springfield road

As you can see, the verges are looking very lush with plenty of grasses at the moment and there is some colour among the grass too.


I stopped to eat a final banana at Tarcoon and enjoyed this mother and child gathering there with the Whita Hill and the  Monument in the background.

cows at Tarcoon

While I was nibbling, I took a look back down the road that I had just come up and you may see why I thought this was a good spot to stop for a moment or two.


I soon got going again but I was stopped in my tracks further on by this belted Galloway’s hard stare.

Belted galloway

When I got home, I had time to finish the crossword, have  a shower,  look at the peonies, make a loaf of bread and cook and eat my tea before I had to go back to Carlisle to pick Mrs Tootlepedal up off the train on her return from Birmingham.  She and Annie had had a very enjoyable outing among the flowers but she was pleased to be back home when we got there.

I hope to have some pictures of the event to show here soon.

The flying bird of the day is a composite of two siskins and a sparrow.

sparrow and two siskins flying



Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “Get up and gone

  1. A fine day indeed, with a wide variety of subjects photographed in great style! The peonies do have the wow factor, that’s for sure, and the roses are looking better every day. I also loved the views from your cycle ride, it’s lovely country as I’ve said before.

  2. Look forward to pictures of Mrs T’s trip to the flower festival.
    Well done, bicycling all that way and doing so many other things as well.

  3. Belted Galloways. I recall that just after Longtown, i.e. north on a straight, there came a sharp right turn, then another long straight that ran next to the railway on the right and then a wiggly section that went slightly uphill. To the left as if to greet travellers, was a herd of Belted Galloways whose black and white colouring stood out from the greenness of the pastures on which they were feeding.

  4. The coral peonies are spectacular – those that grow around here are the usual variations of pink. Also – although I’ve mentioned it before – the belted Galloways have a wonderful paint job!

  5. That is definitely a hard stare you got from the Belted Galloway! The countryside you cycled through is very lovely and I enjoyed the flying birds of the day.

  6. The peonies are quite beautiful. This is my first year growing peonies here, and I hope they do as well as yours. Does Mrs. Tootlepedal give them any special treatment?

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