A handy portable wind break

Mrs Carlisle miniature room

Today’s guest picture shows a miniature room (about one eighth in size) which my brother encountered in Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire.  It is part of a collection which has an interesting history which can be found here.

Mrs Carlisle miniature room

We had another very grey and muggy day in Langholm and I might easily have wasted it if I hadn’t responded to a call from Scott, the minister.  He was hoping for some company on a thirty mile(ish) cycle ride and had put a post on Facebook to make this known.  As it involved getting up very promptly and going out while it was still gloomy and drizzling  slightly, I amazed myself by managing to be at the starting point on time.

We were joined by a third rider, Chuck, and set off feeling a bit gloomy about the prospects for the ride but, after a while, the drizzle stopped and we had pleasant conditions although the roads remained wet which made for cautious progress downhill.

 I was the slowest of the threesome but luckily Scott and Chuck took turns to provide a windbreak for me as we pedalled the first fourteen miles into the wind and I managed to keep up with their hep and forbearance.  Once we turned and had a more helpful breeze behind us, I was even able to take one or two short turns at the front.

I am not used to cycling with other people and I had to work much harder than I usually do so I was very glad when we stopped for a breather near the border.  An odd sound over a hedge made me investigate.

Field at Englishtown

There was a large crowd among the stubble.


There must have been nearly a hundred geese there.  I don’t know what sort they are so perhaps a knowledgeable reader can help me out.

Luckily Chuck had had a vigorous pedal yesterday so he was quite pleased to slow down a bit as we neared the end of the 36 mile ride and I got back home tired but happy.

I was thinking of a walk with Sandy in the afternoon but he had gone off to Carlisle (where the weather was sunny) and while I was quite sorry to miss him, my legs were quite happy about it.

I used the afternoon to catch up both on some business and the Tour of Britain.  It was too wet to mow any grass so Mrs Tootlepedal and I had a quiet walk round the garden doing some desultory dead heading as we went.

An odd clematis flower has appeared from nowhere and an astrantia has poked up a very late flower head.

clematis and astrantia

In spite of the damp conditions, there were bees and butterflies to be seen.

bee and butterfly

bee on cosmos

And other insects too.

hoverfly on dahlia

spider on phlox

But mostly there were just soggy flowers to look at.

wet dahlia

I had a spin up to the High Street on the slow bike to post a letter and do a little business and that was the extent of the afternoon excitement as it started to rain again not long after I got back.

I picked almost the last of the plums during the day but as the apples are just getting ready to be picked, we will not be short of fruit.

The flower of the day is one of the dahlias….


And the flying bird of the day really was flying a few seconds before I took this picture….


…and a few seconds after I took this one.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “A handy portable wind break

  1. The Robin is stunning. I wish I could help you on the geese, but although they look a lot like Canada Geese from afar to me they’re likely not. But it is the time of year for geese to congregate and we are experiencing the same large flocks. The miniature room is perfect.

      1. Actually I felt bad about my hasty identification so I just got out my Birds of Britain & Ireland and they could be White-Fronted. But still hard to tell from the distance. However they are not Canada Geese.

  2. I’m seeing geese starting to bunch up here too. They must do it all over the world.
    I built quite a lot of doll house furniture when my daughter was little, so I’m awed by that miniature music room. It must have taken a very long time.
    The robin is always a pleasure to see.

  3. I agree with Lisa, they look a lot like Canada geese, but they don’t have the long dark necks that such geese have. Goodness, cycling 30 miles is nothing to sneeze at. Just aiming to get back up to 20 miles in an afternoon. Delightful, as always, to be able to see your wonderful photos of flowers and birds.

  4. It’s been decades since I was on a bike, but I don’t remember the riders ahead of me breaking the wind at all. But, I had more energy than sense in those days.

    Loved both the flower and the bird of the day, it’s always nice to see your robins as they are much more cute than ours.

    1. It saves you about 30% of your effort to tag along behind another rider if the speed is good and you are close behind and it lets you go out with riders faster than you and both of you enjoy the ride.

  5. Love the miniature room and the link…thank you. The red dahlia with raindrops is my favourite photo and the robins are just getting perfectly posed for a Christmas card!

  6. The geese look a bit like Canada geese from a distance, but not quite. In my area, a noisy gathering like that probably would be Canada geese. Foster Lake is not far from here, and we get many flying overhead on their way to the lake.

    The robin is very cheerful looking. The flowers may be a bit wet, but still colorful and cheery.

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