Just can’t stop snapping

Las Vegas

Today’s guest picture come all the way from Las Vegas  where Sandy is on holiday.  The architects there seemingly need a little more practice.

Las Vegas

It was a day of this and that today.  This was beautiful blue skies and sunshine and that was sub zero temperatures in the morning.  The prospect in the garden was chilly…

Frosty lawn

…and the flowers had taken a battering.

special grandma
Iced rose

It was a very still day and as I walked through the garden, I could hear the plink plonk as individual leaves fell off the walnut tree.  There was still beauty to be seen….

azalea leaf

…but most of the flowers may be gone beyond repair.

The birds must have got cold feet on the frosty feeder…


…and on the frosty bench….

The dunnock had picked up some of the extra food that I had put out.
great tit
The great tit was making its mind up between fat balls and sunflower seeds

The cold weather had brought a large number of blackbirds back into the garden.


I easily resisted any temptation to go out cycling at 3°C, even though the sun was shining brightly and wisely stayed inside until coffee time when Dropscone arrived bearing scones.  After tasting, the scones were graded A1 and soon disappeared.  Dropscone had had a very busy Sunday driving up to Glasgow and back to deliver some spare keys to his younger daughter who had locked herself out of her flat.  He took it well.

Apart from sweeping up some of the leaves in the garden after Dropscone had gone on his way, the only other activity of note was a trip to our corner shop to get some milk.  Even in the sun, a very short trip on a bike felt too cold for fun.

A robin was waiting for me when I got home.


It was a grand day for a walk though and after lunch, with the thermometer showing a heady 5°C, Mrs Tootlepedal and I set out to get a view.

I was momentarily detained by a chaffinch before we left…

chaffinch dropping seed
Small birds are very messy eaters.

…and then by a huge amount of fungus shortly after we crossed the Park Bridge.


Although the fungus was quite widespread, it might all have stemmed from this old tree stump’s roots.

tree stump with fungus

The stump has the biggest bracket fungus on it that I have ever seen.

We left the park and climbed up the track to the Stubholm.  It was so covered with fallen leaves…

fallen leaves

…that we were amazed to find so many still on the trees when we got to the road at the top.

Stubholm road

After one more stop to admire more fungus on a dead tree….

Stubholm fungus

…we finally got among the views.

View from Warbla

We walked up the grassy track, peering into the sun…

Warbla track

…until we came to the final gate and stile…

Warbla stile
The stile was built before it was felt necessary to put easier access gates on our local walks.

…and rested at the summit.

Mrs Tootlepedal on Warbla
Mrs Tootlepedal contemplates the view of England

I looked down to the town bridge a mile below us…

Langholm Bridge from Warbla

…and admired the view up the valley beyond the town.

Ewes valley

Warbla gives the walker an excellent 360 degree view but the bright sun meant that only 180° of it was available to the camera today.

On one side I could see this charming cameo…

View from warbla

…and on the other, the two new windmills on the Craig wind farm which were now both up (but not running yet).

Craig windfarm

Even though it was a very calm day, there was still enough wind to keep the old turbines turning.

The top of Warbla is home to a fine array of communication devices…

warbla mast

…which I thought might look good in monochrome…

…and I still had the camera on that setting when I had another look at the view on our way back down the hill.

The esk valley

If I hadn’t already put in too many pictures from the walk, I might have shown you this  sunlit horse….

stubholm horse

…and a fine selection of more fungi and lichen…

fungus and lichen
The two bottom frames show a tree stump in front of the church  surrounded by a sea of fungus.

…but as I haven’t got room, I’ll leave them out.

For a three mile walk on an easy track with about 700ft of climbing, the walk to the top of Warbla and back is great value on a day like today when the sun is shining.

We certainly enjoyed every minute of it.

After tea, I went off to sing with Langholm Sings, our local choir.  Although we haven’t got a lot of members this year, those that come do work very hard and the choir generally makes a good sound so it was another enjoyable evening.

We have a cold and wet day forecast for tomorrow so patient readers may finally get a break from the seemingly endless autumn colour at last.  From my point of view, it has been very good while it lasted and it has lasted a long time since we last had rain.

The flower of the day is a nasturtium, tucked against the wall of the house, which survived the frost very well…


…and the flying bird is a chaffinch wondering just how cold his feet are going to feel when he lands on the feeder.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

40 thoughts on “Just can’t stop snapping

  1. What a splendid selection of interesting pictures to accompany your usual high class text. I particularly enjoyed the view looking down to the town bridge.

  2. It’s too bad the frost got to the flowers but I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. Maybe some will prove to be extra hardy.
    The views up the different trails are beautiful and so are the other landscapes.
    The building in Sandy’s photo is strange, even for Las Vegas. He’ll most likely be glad to be out of there once he gets home.

  3. So glad you couldn’t stop snapping the frosted rose is stunning. The views are gorgeous. Snap away 😊.

  4. I know that the hard frost will probably mean the end of the flower photos for the year, but what a way to go out! The flowers with the frost on them were stunning!

    Loved the birds also, but they have a hard time competing with the views that you saw while on your way to and from Warbla, especially the bridge.

    It’s a shame that you didn’t have room for the horse or fungi from your return from Warbla, I’d liked to have seen them, and I know that I would have loved them.

  5. What a perfect autumn day! It might finish off the flowers, but they are going out in style. What a shame you didn’t have room for those other photos, they were lovely. Perhaps you should put foot warmers on your feeders 😉

  6. What a lovely frosty day. We haven’t quite hit those temperature depths here in the south, but it is definitely gloves on cycling weather now – a bit of a shock to the system after such a long warm late summer/autumn. I hope some of the garden colour survives!

  7. Another splendid day in the border country for all to enjoy. Pleased that even with the drop in temperatures there were still beautiful autumn leaves on the trees to enjoy, fungi to marvel at and landscapes to love. Favourites today are the birds in your garden – they are there whatever the weather!

  8. Beautiful frosty pictures from your garden and the views from Warbla are grand. Our plumber has just returned from a week in Las Vegas where he had a high old time. I am glad he is back as he was half-way through fitting our new central heating boiler.

  9. That iced rose looks good enough to eat. And those views …. My nasturtiums had been thriving until a frost two nights ago. Unlike yours, none of mine survived. They look like a mass of white worms in a pile of wet orange and yellow confetti. It’s not pretty.

  10. I see old Jack Frost was at work in your garden, and left some deadly but beautiful work. Nasturtiums are tough little souls, and that one is no exception.

    I see Sandy encountered some unusual architecture there in Las Vegas. It does get quite hot in summer, perhaps a bit too hot for that building.

    Thank you for those country roads, and fantastic views from up high.

  11. i think you’ve become a pro with the fungi, those are some excellent shots. I really, really loved your vast captures of the land of England. I do always regret the first frosts and what they do to the last of the flowers, but my goodness, that iced rose capture is gorgeous!

    1. I have to point out that my pictures are generally of Scotland when I am walking round the town but I do sometimes stray over the border into England.

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