Quincentenary

venice

Today’s guest picture is another from my daughter’s working trip to Venice.  After the storm had passed, she got a better view out of her office window.

venice

We woke to a brilliantly sunny morning and I got up into my cycle clothes, ready for a pedal in the sun.  A look at the thermometer, which was showing a meagre 7°C, suggested that a leisurely breakfast and a good read of the morning papers might be a good idea.

I did get going when the the thermometer hit 9° but it still seemed quite chilly even in the sun.   I couldn’t complain about the views today though….

Cleuchfoot

…but the one of the locals seemed a bit miffed by me standing in her line of vision.

Bloch cow

I cycled an extended loop, taking in Kirkpatrick Fleming and Gretna on my way to Canonbie.  I didn’t stop too often for photos as I had a busy afternoon in mind but the call of this little stream was too much for me….

The Black Sark

…especially as it had a nice bridge over it with some convenient steps so that an elderly photographer could get down on to its bank with ease and dignity.

Black sark Bridge

Every bridge should have such a set of steps.

Black sark Bridge

The reason for cycling an extended Canonbie loop was twofold, first because it was such a beautiful sunny day, with big blue skies….

Gretna road

…and secondly because the 34 miles took me over 500 miles for the month, a total which I consider a minor triumph these days.  One of the best things about being retired is that I can make good use of whatever sunny moments there are in a day so in spite of the rotten August weather, I managed to get out fifteen times during the month and hardly got rained on at all.

When I got back home, Mrs Tootlepedal was hard at work in the garden and she was literally surrounded with butterflies at times.  There must have been more than twenty peacocks and red admirals flitting about and it was a great sight to see them fill the air above the flowers.

I found a peacock on a calendula….

peacock butterfly on calendula

…and a red admiral on a Michaelmas daisy.

red admiral butterfly

And the shining dahlia had visitors all afternoon.

dahlia with red admiral butterfly

There were poppies and bees again but I noticed a Welsh poppy which I thought compared very well with the Shirley poppies…

Welsh poppy

…and not all the insects were bees.

hoverfly on cosmos
A hoverfly on a cosmos

I do like the Shirley poppies when they have just come out and still have that crumpled paper look.

Shirley poppy

Among the poppies, the cornflowers are a bit overshadowed but they are always well worth a look.

cornflower

There is a single salvia among the phlox but it is looking better every day.

salvia

Oddly, the camera sees it as much more purple and less blue than my eyes sees it but it is still a pretty flower.

salvia

Among all the flowers, the seed pods of the tree peony are rather subdued but quite impressive at the same time.

tree peony pods

The main business of the afternoon was a shopping trip to Carlisle, where many necessities were purchased. These included three big bags of farmyard manure, three small bags of coffee beans from around the world (Rwanda, Malabar, Java) and four smaller bags of tea leaves from India and Ceylon.  Mrs Tootlepedal and I have different views of what a necessity is.

It is wonderful to get such treats in a very small city tucked into the far north western corner of England but although you may think that Carlisle might be a little provincial and perhaps even dull, I can report that for today at least, it was a very hip place indeed.

hips
Seen beside the road to the station

I had to wait in the car for a while while Mrs Tootlepedal visited a shop, no hardship in a car park with this fine view of the city walls…

City walls and carlisle cathedral

…and I was almost as surprised as she was when she came back to the car and revealed that she had been into a clothes shop and actually bought some clothes.

We rounded off our shopping with a visit to a discount supermarket and arrived home, tired but happy.  For the first time, I used my phone to pay for our parking time in Carlisle and I must say it is a useful thing to know exactly how long you have left on the virtual meter as being even a minute over time can incur a substantial fine in these days of cash strapped councils.

We passed though brief showers of rain both on the way down and the way back but the sun was shining brightly when we got home and the butterflies were still flitting about.

I ignored them though and took a picture of two nicotiana catching the evening rays.

nicotiana

We had a refreshing cup of Broken Orange Pekoe tea when we went in.

My body was somewhat tired by the end of the day but my spirit was refreshed by the sunshine.

No flying bird of the day today but its place is taken by a fine display of rolls made from scratch by my son Tony.  He tells me that they reminded him of the rolls he used to buy from Dropscone’s bakery when he was a boy.

Tony's rolls

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “Quincentenary

  1. What clever children you have! I am also impressed by your expertise in the matter of parking. Well done for all those miles cycled, another triumph.

  2. I agree that all bridges should have stairs. I can think of at least three that I’d like to see from underneath, or from a distance.
    I’m as surprised by the size of that dahlia as I am by its inner light.
    Congratulations on 500 miles on the bike. The views along the way certainly made the effort worthwhile, I would think.

    1. It is no hardship to cycle along our quiet roads. A prominent professional cyclist and cycle company manager has just publicly said that he no longer enjoys cycling in the city because of the intense concentration needed among the traffic so I feel blessed to have such peace.

  3. Beautiful view from Venice, and impressive bakery to finish with.
    So many excellent pictures from your sunny day’s outing that it is difficult to single out a particular one, but perhaps the bridge!

  4. I feel the Homestead’s idea of necessities meshes quite well with both Tootlepedals.
    What beautiful views; no wonder Mrs Cow was annoyed with you blocking hers

  5. I must channel more of Mrs. T’s energy in the garden and work diligently through the non-snow months to get this small packet of garden looking good. That’s what the “labor day” weekend is for me. Thanks for all the photos.

  6. A very full day. And, oh those peacock butterflies! We don’t have them in Maine, and I sure wish we did. Congrats on reaching 500 miles. Wow!

  7. What wonderful looking rolls your son has made! I am so glad you have had some decent weather for the past couple of days. The butterflies and bees know a good garden when they see it!

  8. Anyone would be shocked if I went clothes shopping. Mrs T continues to charm and delight me. Her source of compost must have dried up if she has to buy bagged manure.

    You have so many more butterflies than my garden does. Buddleia is a noxious weed in this state, which is necessary, I guess, but a darn shame.

  9. A lovely day, it’s about time that you had a sunny if cool day for a change. The butterflies were beautiful, and I agree with you about the bridge with steps to make it easier to get down the bank.

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