Another family meal

Today’s guest picture finally reveals Bruce’s horses in all their beauty.  They are the Kelpies at Falkirk  and well worth a visit if you haven’t seen them yet.  They are huge.

kelpies

Our spell of sunny weather continued and the drop in temperature continued too, with the thermometer struggling to get over 2°C today and a brisk northerly wind making it feel even colder.

I went for a short walk in the morning, wearing several layers of clothing but still feeling a chill if I was out of the direct sunshine.

I was pleased to come out of the woods beside the river and get onto the track…

Murtholm

…along the Murtholm fields.

Murtholm

The light was golden once again but the sun struggles just as much as I do to get up in the morning so we are living in a world of long dark shadows.

Still, some recent tree felling means that I got a much better view of Warbla as I walked along than used to be possible.

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The strong sun and dark shadows make taking photos of ‘things’ difficult.

distillery

The contrast is too much as the two pictures from and of the Skippers Bridge show.

skippers bridge

The lichen on the bridge parapet was easier.

skippers lichen

skippers lichen

There was plenty to choose from.

I climbed up the wooden steps from Skippers Bridge onto the old railway track and made my way home past an old oak…

oak tree

…and the view from the Round House…

View from Round House

When I got home, I found that our new neighbour Irving had got someone to trim down the top of the holly tree at the end of his garden.

holly tree clipping

It still looks as though there is plenty of room for birds in it.

After lunch, we set off to drive (very carefully) to Lockerbie to catch the train to see Matilda and her parents.

As I was waiting on the platform (the train was a few minutes late as usual), I noticed the clocks on Lockerbie Town Hall.  It is good to have several clocks to help you tell the time but it would be even better, I thought, if they both showed the same time.

holly tree clipping

The train journey was very smooth and comfortable and I took the time to shoot three shots through the window as we travelled.

At the top of Beattock summit, we pass through a perfect forest of windmills….

view from train

I read on the internet that there are over 200 windmills on this stretch  of hills and there are few hills untouched.

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A little further on, I saw a small amount of snow on the Tinto Hills.

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We arrived safely in Edinburgh and were warmly welcomed by Matilda, who regards flash photography with justified suspicion.

Matilda and Al

However, she borrowed some dice from her father and we enjoyed rolling a couple and counting the total spots shown.  She has promised to teach me the rules for shooting craps soon.

After some more play, Al and Clare and Matilda took Mrs Tootlepedal and me out to a very nice Italian restaurant on Leith Walk and treated us to a splendid joint birthday meal.

Feeling very well fed, Mrs Tootlepedal and I walked off a few calories on the way to the station and caught a very punctual train back to Lockerbie.  As the thermometer was showing 0°C when we got to the car, we took a slightly longer but wider and smoother route home.

I failed to take a flying bird of the day and don’t have anything to put in its place.  Oh the shame.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

22 thoughts on “Another family meal

  1. Your forest looks very much like ours but your hills certainly don’t. I love their baldness.
    I feel your pain regarding the high contrast light. It’s hard to get a good shot in it but I thought you did better than my last try. You’d never know the windmill photo was taken from a train.
    Matilda looks like she was woken unexpectedly from a nap.

  2. I’m sure that the sunshine felt good on such a chilly day, but it does make shooting a great photo more difficult. You seem to have risen to the occasion though, as I love the landscape photos that you shot while on your walk.

  3. Good to see the Kelpies revealed.
    Glad to see a lovely picture of Matilda, though her delight at being photographed was well hidden.

  4. The Kelpies are amazing- never heard of them before- don’t know how I could miss them !
    The sunlight through the trees is a lovely photo. Maybe your neighbour is going to make lots of Christmas wreaths and give you one for your door! Isn’t it great when the trains run on time and then you can relax and enjoy a visit..especially one that includes a tasty meal out!

  5. The Kelpies are magnificent, and I enjoyed reading the history behind them.

    The lighting at this time of year is beautiful, with the low angled sun and long shadows. We are not far from solstice now.

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