Out and about

Great Malvern

Today’s guest picture shows Great Malvern as seen from the top of a hill.  Needless to say it was my brother who had nipped up the hill to take the picture.  He likes a hill.

Great Malvern

I am posting very early today as Mrs Tootlepedal and I are catching a train to Glasgow to hear Verdi’s Requiem performed by one of our Carlisle conductor’s other choirs.  It should be a treat but thanks to railway line closures for maintenance work, we won’t be back home until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

It was a sporadically rainy day today and very grey so not a great day for taking pictures, cycling or doing anything useful in the garden.

The garden is enjoying the warmer wetter weather.

azalea and potentilla
Azalea and potentilla
Another flourishing hosta

Mrs Tootlepedal picked up a walnut flower from the ground.

walnut flower

Mrs Tootlepedal had an Embroiderers’s Guild meeting and I went for a walk in the hope of seeing something interesting.

I saw quite a lot of interesting things, like swallows glued to a wall…


…and a grey wagtail flitting along the river and a tree creeper living up to its name…

wagtail  and tree creeper

…and a few ducklings…


…and a very busy nuthatch coming and going to its nest…


…and going and coming…


…but the light was so poor that it wasn’t taking any pictures of them.

I looked at trees instead.

Lodge Walks
The Lodge Walks

There were all sorts of things dangling off them.





So that kept me happy.

I noticed a few more things as I walked round the Scholars’ Field.

scholar's field

And a very fine honeysuckle flower in our hedge when I got home.


The flower of the day is a standard rhododendron which I met on the Lodge Walks.


If we get up to Glasgow and back safely, I will report on the concert tomorrow.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “Out and about

  1. Love the Verdi Requiem. I can’t think of a better gallery of photographs to get me in the mood. My hostas are huge this year too, due to a lot of rain, I think. Bird photos are delightful, particularly the clinging swallows and creeper. And nuthatch. And ducklings, wagtail…

  2. The swallows are quite amazing in their ability to hang on the wall. I saw this all the time in my childhood home. The flower of the day is stunning!

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