Today’s guest picture was taken by my friend Sue. She borrowed my camera and took this shot of an elderly walker near Talkin Tarn.
My day started with two surprises.
The first surprise was that I managed to get my bike out and go for a 14 mile ride before breakfast. The second surprise was that it started to rain soon after I set out and I got a bit wet. Still I was very pleased to get out at all and as it was quite warm, the business of getting wet was not such a hardship as it is in cold weather. I enjoyed myself.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off for a church choir practice almost as soon as I had got back while I had a wander round the garden (it had stopped raining).
Then I had some breakfast and a shower and finally a look at the birds. I have put a second feeder out in a new place….
…but the same old birds are visiting it…
…in large numbers.
Then I got ready to go out as soon as Mrs Tootlepedal got back from her choir.
We had two things to do.
Our first port of call was Lanercost Priory….
…where we listened to a short concert of Beethoven’s songs and piano music which was given by the conductor and accompanist of our Langholm choir as part of the Lanercost Festival. They are both excellent musicians and the concert was very enjoyable.
It also had the inestimable benefit of being no more than an hour long so we were soon on our way to our second destination.
This was the garden of our friend Sue who had the brave idea of buying a shipping container and turning it into a garden room. With a lot of very hard work from Sue and her children and a very obliging builder, it has worked out very well.
It wasn’t long before we were ensconced inside.
It has every comfort including running water, a wood burning stove and a small cooker. There is still some work to be done, shelves and that sort of thing, but it already looked like a space that anyone would be happy to be in. The doors, windows, stove and flooring were all acquired second hand.
Sue gave us a tasty lunch and then we went out for a circular walk in the lanes round her house, taking in Talkin Tarn en route.
Although it was midsummer day, coats were in order as we set out….
…but by the time that we reached the Tarn, the weather had improved and the coats were off.
It is always a treat to walk round the Tarn, though it is hard to capture its full charm on a camera. The Tarn is quite small and it is the whole picture rather than any single part of the walk that is so attractive.
I tried though.
We were watched by shaggy sheep on our way to the Tarn…
…and we watched some birds when we got there.
There were other things to look at too.
There was steep hill to climb from the Tarn back up to Sue’s house but there were plenty of things to look at beside the road as we went along to keep our mind off the hard work.
It wasn’t a long walk but it was very good value with something large or small, near or far to please the eye at almost every step (and good company too).
We couldn’t stay long when we got back as I had to get back in time for my flute pupil Luke’s lesson.
Luke came and we enjoyed our playing.
The weather had changed from the wet and windy morning into a beautiful evening and the garden was looking suitably refreshed by the rain.
I had time to look at the new feeder before tea. It is hanging from a variegated elder and has a more interesting background than the old feeder on the pole but because it is under a tree, there is less light available for the photographer. For some reason the branches are covered with lichen and moss….and sparrows.
The flying bird of the day is a siskin under the elder.