Today’s guest picture comes from my son Tony. He took his dogs to Loch Lomond today and they seem to be enjoying the outing.
I spent the early part of the morning hoping that it would get a bit warmer and when I thought that it had, I got the fairly speedy bike out and went off to Port Carlisle for lunch.
Port Carlisle is on the southern shore of the Solway and getting there has been greatly helped by the excellent bike path along the new Carlisle by-pass. The route along the coast is pretty flat in general and very flat in places.
The Solway was looking very amiable if a bit hazy.
I had an excellent lunch at the pub in Port Carlisle and then went back pretty well the same way that I came.
I stopped near Rockliffe to take a picture of one of my favourite trees…
..and thought that it might look good in black and white and had another go.
I stopped several more times for refreshment and relaxation on the way back but only took three more pictures while having a breather at the top of the steep hill at Tarcoon.
We haven’t got to the time when the verges are full of various wild flowers but there are a lot of celandines about to start the season off.
In spite of feeling a bit of stiffness in one of my calf muscles, I did the 70 miles at just over 14 mph, which these days is the best that I can expect until it gets a bit warmer in the mornings.
When I got back, there was exciting news. The new compost bins have arrived and are ready to be assembled when I have shifted the compost out of the old bins. Expect exciting pictures soon.
Mrs Tootlepedal was hard at work in the garden so I had a walk round to look at what was going on. There were a lot of tulips to admire.
The day had got pleasantly warm by this time and it was a joy to be out in the garden among such a feast of colour.
I was moved to try an arty shot or two. These are just as the camera saw them. I haven’t pepped them up in the editor.
Mrs Tootlepedal is pleased with a new bed of tulips planted for this season.
I am very pleased with the plum blossom…
…but unless a few more bees turn up, I will have to get busy with my soft paint brush again.
The feeders needed filling so I must have missed a lot of bird action while i was pedalling. A redpoll put a chaffinch in its place.
In the evening, we went to a performance by a group called Spatz &Co at the Buccleuch Centre. They describe themselves as a showband and play an entertaining and eclectic mix of rock and roll, jazz, swing, and superior popular songs by John Lennon, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and Gerry Rafferty.
The sound balance on the night between the rhythm section and the front line wasn’t ideal but they were full of pep and excellent players. There was a disappointingly small audience but it was very enthusiastic and we that hope they come again.
Although i only did two things, it somehow felt like quite a full day.
I just had time for a flying bird.
Those interested can click on the map below to get details of the bike ride.