Keeping calm

Chester's Cathedral

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Chester and shows a view of the cathedral there.

Chester's Cathedral

We had yet another calm, cool, dry day today although Mrs Tootlepedal did encounter the briefest of showers while she was archaeologising.

She spent pretty well the whole day at the Roman fort at Broomholm, helping with the grids for the survey.  She tells me that they have identified three ovens and a road or two already but more will be revealed as the data is analysed.  She has quite enjoyed treading in the Romans’ footsteps and looking at the country as they might have looked at it when the fort was in use.

I spent another quiet morning at home, occasionally looking at birds but not in a Roman way at all.

blue tit and goldfinch
Blue tits and goldfinches were our most frequent visitors
coal tit, chaffinch and goldfinch
We run an ecumenical feeder with all sorts of different birds present at the same time…
…but when the goldfinches take over, there is often trouble

I popped out every now and again to do some useful things in the garden.  I sieved some compost, which Mrs Tootlepedal is going to need in her reconfigured flower beds and I completed the spiking and sanding of half of the front lawn.

I spread these actions out in small chunks over the day because experience tells me that doing too much at once leads to not being able to do anything at all.  Can it be that after all these years, I am finally acquiring a little wisdom?  Hope springs eternal.

I also found time to  look at the flowers.

A cosmos.  The taller variety is lasting well.
The dahlias just keep coming

And I ate a raspberry as well.

If the frost keeps away, I will be still eating them in November

In the afternoon, I went out for a pedal round my Canonbie route.  The larch trees are just beginning to turn….


…and with a bit of luck, we will get a nice golden display from them in time.

There was a light crosswind for most of the way round so I concentrated on keeping pedalling rather than looking for photo opportunities but I did stop a couple of other times.

The trees by the roadside on the old A7 at Canonbie were very striking.

A7 trees

I parked the bike at the end of the bike path and walked down to the river at Broomholm Island and although the riverside wasn’t as colourful as I had hoped…

Broomholm Island

…I was pleased to get a glimpse of a dipper while I was there.


I did think of  making a diversion on my route and calling in on Mrs Tootlepedal at the Roman fort but it would have involved going up two steep hills so my legs voted against it.

As this blog is a sort of daily diary, I try always to use pictures that I have taken that day in it but I am making an exception today as just after I had posted last night’s effort, Mrs Tootlepedal called me out into the garden to meet the hedgehog she has been putting food out for.


My hedgehog knowledge is nil so I have no idea whether this is a male or a female, young or old but it looks quite well fed.  I hope that we are able to see it again.

The flower of the day is a poppy, as red in real life as it is in the picture…


…and the flying bird of the day is a goldfinch.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “Keeping calm

  1. Archaeology is fascinating, pity it is being dropped by some exam boards. You can only tell the gender of a hedgehog by persuading it to show you its “undercarriage”, or if you happen to spy on their conjugal encounters. Yours is looking good and round and that is all that matters 🙂

  2. I know very little about hedgehogs, don’t they burrow? If so, I’m surprised that Mrs. T would be encouraging one to stick around in her beautiful gardens, even if they are kind of cute.

    The cosmos and dahlia are looking great, almost as good as in the spring.

  3. As we have wintered lots of hedgehogs over the years, my best advice is to have somewhere in your garden a corner left a bit untidy – with sticks and leaves in a heap. Hedgehogs burrow into these heaps to hibernate. The one you showed seems to be fully grown and healty. Hedgehogs should weigh at least 500 grams to live through hibernation. Please put out no milk for them as this leads to indigeston. They like cat-food, however this may attract cats. There are special feeding and hibernation-boxes to help the (meanwhile – at least in the UK – endagered) hedgehog population.

  4. A lovely nature study post to enjoy especially the hedgehog, the dipper and those colourful autumn trees. Have I missed a link to Mrs T’s archaeological work?

  5. A beautiful little hedgehog! Mrs. Tootlepedal is not only a remarkable woman, but also has a kind heart.

    The cosmos blooms look radiant! Do they normally bloom this late where you are or is it the unusually warm autumn?

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