Today’s guest picture is another from a visit that my brother Andrew made to the River Dove. ‘Rock Cottage’ is set into the cliff beside the river and manages to look like a rock and a cottage at the same time.
We had another dry and breezy day here with the temperature struggling to get into double figures (10°C – 50°F) and the wind still on the chilly side so I had to wrap up well when I went out on my bike to do the twenty mile Canonbie circuit. It was one of those days. I thought that I was trying harder and going faster than the last time that I made the same trip but I still managed to take three minutes longer.
Of course I was three days older so that may have explained it.
The cold, breezy weather doesn’t encourage stopping for photos but I did stop once for a breather and a look at a couple of bare trees.
When I got back, Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden so I walked round enjoying the results of her work.
It was quite bright for a while and the tulips were looking good.
The grape hyacinths are good at forming pools even if they don’t quite constitute a river.
The dog tooth violets are thriving….
…but are keen to turn their backs on me. The cowslippy things are more polite.
And I think that we could call this a colourful corner.
I didn’t have long to spend in the garden, although I did as much dead heading of daffodils as I could, because we had to set off to Lockerbie after lunch to visit Matilda in Edinburgh.
I found a moment to look out of the kitchen window while my soup was heating up.
I have mentioned Lockerbie Station a lot so here is a picture to show it in all its glory. It has the air of one of those stations on a model railway layout.
I wandered up the platform while I was waiting for our train, which was a little late, and was very taken by this lonely diesel locomotive which came shuffling down the track in the opposite direction.
We arrived safely in Edinburgh and took the bus down to Matilda’s. Some people might think that a city bus could be a little dull but this bus took a very scenic route. I was fortunate to find a vacant seat upstairs and at the front.
Matilda was in good form when we arrived. Her other grandparents were visiting too so she had no shortage of adults willing to give her their best attention. In fact she found the attention a little too much and retired behind some very fashionable shades.
Before you ask, I thought that everyone knew that specs are being worn upside down this year. It is de rigeur.
We had a very good time and it seemed almost no time at all before it was time for us to leave and catch our train home. The view from the bus was good again…..
…and the view from the bus stop in Prince Street was even better.
Our journey home was improved by sharing a portion of chips from the chip shop in Lockerbie.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch doing the breaststroke.