Today’s guest picture is another from my brother Andrew’s visit to Nottingham. As well as bridges, he saw this wheel. Your town or city is unappealing if you don’t have a big wheel these days it seems.
After a lonely breakfast, I checked on the vigour of the wind outside and decided that this would be a good day to stay indoors for a while and catch up on putting some of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. I have been very slack lately and have not been doing my fair share of the work.
It took me quite a bit of time as there were one or two existing entries in the database that needed editing and by the time that I had put my week in, gone to the corner shop to get some milk and done the crossword there was not a lot of time to look out of the kitchen window. It was fun when I did look out.
I went for a walk round the garden too. The crocuses were looking very pretty.
The pond was humming with frogs again today.
Sandy rang up and we made an arrangement to meet for a walk in the afternoon. Time was a bit tight so I made a quick leek and potato soup for lunch and then popped out for a short test run to see how the new rear gear mech was working on the fairly speedy bike.
It worked very well but the very brisk wind made testing it quite a trial. I pedalled five miles up to Callister and in spite of trying quite hard, it took me 31 minutes. By contrast, the return journey back to town took me 14 minutes. I had time for a battle back up the road to Cleughfoot and another 20mph glide back home to complete 18 miles.
I topped my fuel up with a cup of tea and a roll and honey and was just changed and ready as Sandy appeared.
We walked along Gaskell’s and The Becks, starting along the river beside the park.
The glowing green of the wall at the park made me moss conscious and we looked for a few more examples as we went round. They were not hard to find.
Sandy’s sharp eye caught sight of a scarlet elf cup in a ditch near the Auld Stane Brig….
…and I knew another place later in the walk where we should see more if they were out. I was right and the example on the left is from Sandy’s ditch and the two on the right are from a large crop in the Becks wood.
The light was good enough for big views at the start of the walk….
…but the sun went in as we walked along and once we were in the wood, it was hard to get the cameras to focus. We saw some bootlace fungus on a dead log and lots of hazel flowers in a dark corner.
On the whole though, it was a better day for stretching the legs than taking pictures.
I did stop to take yet another picture of the Auld Stane Brig, just because I could…
…and a splendid gnarly tree beside it.
On our way back along the track after crossing the Becks Burn and coming up through the wood, we saw equines of various sizes…
…some with very cheerful associates.
When we got home, Sandy stayed for a cup of tea and a biscuit or three and then I made a really delicious dish of baked eggs in a bed of spinach with a cheese sauce topping. This is a recipe with so many variables (how much mustard in the sauce, how long to cook the spinach, has the cheese got enough bite, is the sauce too thick, too thin, are the eggs cooked properly or like bullets) that when you get them all right by sheer accident, eating it is like dining with the gods. Tonight was such a night.
I had a shower and a shave and went off to the Langholm choir practice in a very good mood after such a generally pleasant afternoon of cycling, walking and eating.
The choir practice was enjoyable as well and it rounded off a day which was as good as any day without Mrs Tootlepedal in it can be.
There is a frog of the day….
…and a flying bird of the day to go with it.