Life in the slow lane

Nottingham bridge

Today’s guest picture comes from Nottingham where my brother Andrew discovered another bridge which may be a little past its use-by date.

Nottingham bridge

I had a very quiet day today.  If I had had my fairly speedy bike to hand, I would probably  have made better use of some good weather but as the bike was in the bike shop, I managed to persuade myself to fritter the morning away doing some high quality idling.

I went to the producers’ market in the Buccleuch Centre after breakfast and made some good purchases but was very upset to find the cheesemonger wasn’t there this month.  I had been holding back on cheese buying recently just so that I could stock up from his fine selection so I was rather put out.  However, I found out that he has had a recent operation so that is a good enough excuse and I will just have to buy inferior cheese elsewhere.

I didn’t even manage to look out of the kitchen window in a meaningful way when  I got home.   I put the camera up on a tripod and clicked away from time to time but when I came to look at the results, I found that I hadn’t adjusted the focus correctly and I had a small collection of worthlessly fuzzy shots.

I managed to take one siskin in the air by accident (it was nearer than I thought)…

siskin

…and one blackbird on the ground on purpose.

blackbird

I had one quick look round the garden and saw a Hellebore.  Hellebore pictures tend to be a bit of a lottery as I am too old to lie on the ground so I just stick the camera down and point it upwards while hoping for the best.

hellebore
The rain and frost have not been kind to it but it is surviving

Things perked up a bit after lunch when we went out into the garden again.   It was a really nice day by this time and I cleared the old raspberry canes away while Mrs Tootlepedal planted out some Sweet William.
I was distracted by the noise from the pond…

frogs

…where numerous frogs were very busy.  Mostly they dived for cover when they saw me coming but one frog kindly consented to pose for  me.

Frog

Mrs Tootlepedal was distracted by the unexpected buzzing of bees and when I went to look, I saw that there were quite a few bees enjoying the crocuses.

bees

We got some early bees last year but subsequent frosty weather set the bee popularization back quite a bit so we hope that these aren’t out and about too early.

The crocuses were looking very cheerful, if a bit battered by recent weather.

crocuses

crocus

I  find gardening, which involves a lot of bending, very hard work so I left Mrs Tootlepedal to her labours and went off on my slow bike to take the road less travelled….

Barngliesh road

…and some pictures as I pottered along.

As long as the sun was out, it was a great day for pedalling and I had been able to discard several layers which made cycling much more pleasant than the recent chilly and windy outings.

I passed cows….

cow

…bridges…

Tomshielburn bridge
Tomshielburn

…large puddles…

puddle near Raehills

puddle near Raehills

…and a splendid tree of the day.

tree near Raehills

At the start or my trip, I visited my favourite little cascade on the Wauchope as I thought that the light might be quite interesting.  It was quite interesting but it turned out to be possibly a bit too interesting for the camera that I had with me.

Wauchope cascade

Near the end of my ride though, the camera coped very well with another dramatic light situation as the clouds came over.

Clouds over the Kerr

It looked quite threatening but it came to nothing and I got home in dry conditions.

Although my ride was only 14 miles, going on the slow bike and taking my time to look around as I went  made the journey very satisfying.

And that concluded the excitement for the day.  With the sun gone, it got dark quite early and I went back to quality idling and joined Mrs Tootlepedal, who had finished her gardening, in watching the European Indoor Athletics Championships.  We very much enjoyed the sight of Laura Muir scooting round the track to demolish the field in the 1500m.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.  I don’t know how it got into focus at all.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

24 thoughts on “Life in the slow lane

  1. That ancient bridge looks as sturdy as the day it was built to me.
    It’s great to see the crocus. They say we might reach 10 degrees F below zero tonight so I won’t bother looking for any around here tomorrow.
    If the tree stump is that much bigger than the trunk of the standing tree of the day it must have been a real whopper. It might be a trick of perspective though.

  2. Lovely shot of the blackbird – he looks very handsome, posing among the snowdrops. Even though your fastest steed is at the vet’s, I’m glad you were able to get out for a (somewhat slower) bike ride. There are lots of open spots on the streets here and I am getting antsy about getting my bike out – but the snow banks are still a bit of a deterrent!

      1. Two steps forward and one step back . . . there’s a blizzard warning for most of the province for tonight and tomorrow. Sigh.

  3. I hope the current cheese crisis will be resolved soon! The cascade photo, I thought, worked out very interestingly. Great to see the bees out and about, although they may soon regret their decision.

  4. Love the photos from your garden with the cheery crocus and the croaking frogs and the sunbeams through the clouds photo is brilliant. Hope your bike gets mended soon and the cheese shortage solved very quickly. It’s the little things in life that are so important!

  5. Good to see bees out working on the crocus. It has been too cool most days to see them out here. That is a beautiful closeup of the purple crocus.

    Another fine ride with many sights. Spring is definitely on the way! 🙂

  6. Thanks to quercuscommunity for the link to the Trent Bridges information. I was pleased to discover that the current nineteenth century bridge was constructed in Derby.

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