Today’s guest picture is another from Irving’s Brecon canal trip. I think that these are these are the top two locks in the Llangynidr flight of five. I do like a nice lock and this picture has two.
After our bright snowy interlude, we reverted to more normal weather and woke up to a grey morning after a night of rain. As you might expect, the view of Whita from our back window showed how much of the snow had gone….
…but somewhat surprisingly to those who haven’t seen it before in these conditions, our front lawn retained its white blanket.
Now that our Carlisle choir is back in business for the new sessions, Sundays have taken on a familiar shape. Mrs Tootlepedal goes off to song in the church choir and I prepare something for the slow cooker for our evening meal. It was a beef stew with carrots and parsnips in a red wine gravy today.
While I am cooking, I keep an eye on the birds.
On a perfect Sunday, I would go for a pedal after the cooking is over but today there were some very icy patches on untreated roads so cycling wasn’t an option for a timid person like me and I decided on a very careful walk down to Skippers Bridge and back instead.
There had been a bit of drizzle earlier on but it was dry when I set out. The rise in the temperature led to a very misty morning.
The going underfoot was generally rather treacherous so I had to keep my eyes firmly fixed on the next step ahead which meant that not much other than icy puddles caught my eye.
I did stop to enjoy some misty trees as I went along the Murtholm track.
It would probably have been a good day to be on top of one of our hills looking over a sea of mist in the valley below but getting to the top of a hill in the icy conditions might have been a problem. I was happy to walk slowly along the river, walking poles in hand.
I was aiming for the Skippers Bridge where contractors have been felling some trees beside the river as a preparation for fixing the cutwater which was damaged in the big flood a year ago. They were going to start some work on the masonry on Saturday but the freezing conditions meant that they have had to postpone this.
The view from the bridge to the north hasn’t changed….
…but some trees have been cut down on the south side…
…giving me a little clearer view of the right hand arch.
Looking downstream, I could see that a low flying duck might well keep below the mist…
…though I didn’t see any ducks trying this out.
I walked back on the other side of the river and an ice free pavement let me look around a bit. I saw what I took to be a very bright piece of ivy…
…though it was surprising to see it at this time of year.
After a while, I had to forsake the riverside path as it was too icy to be safe for an old man and walked past the Co-operative Store instead. The trees on the far bank of the river made a striking picture when I looked over the buildings there.
I managed to get home without slipping over which was satisfactory as I don’t want to add to the current queues at the A&E department at the hospital in Carlisle.
There was a great contrast in the weather from yesterday as I went over the suspension bridge.
We had a light lunch (just as well after yesterday’s feast) and set off to Carlisle to sing with our choir. It was a thoroughly worthwhile trip because we included a little useful shopping on our way to the practice and the practice itself was one of the best we have had.
We worked hard on two songs, both of which were challenging in some ways but relatively easy to sing as far as the harmonies went and both of which were taken at a comfortable pace. This is very important to me because I find singing very quick songs hard work as I find my brain lagging behind my mouth and many wrong notes tend to materialise as I struggle to keep up. Andante Moderato is my favourite tempo.
We got home safely, in spite of one or two misty moments on the road back and the slow cooked stew turned out very well. To provide a coda for an enjoyable day, Mrs Tootlepedal made some semolina pudding. A very sound decision.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.