Today’s guest picture comes from Nottingham where my brother Andrew discovered another bridge which may be a little past its use-by date.
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)…
…and one blackbird on the ground on purpose.
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.
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…
…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.
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.
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.
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….
…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….
…and a splendid tree of the day.
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.
Near the end of my ride though, the camera coped very well with another dramatic light situation as the clouds came over.
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.