Today’s guest picture is another from the delightfully sunny walk near Little Eaton that my brother took recently. Here he was looking across the Derwent valley.
By contrast, we were more than a little surprised to find our garden covered in snow when we woke up this morning.
There had been some loose talk of possible light snow during the day but this was a good solid inch or so.
It was delightful snow, firm and crunchy and a pleasure to walk on but I expect that the team working on our dam bridge repair didn’t find it such a treat…
…but they were soon hard at it and didn’t stop all day.
The noise of the machines when they started up kept the birds away for a while but they soon got used to it and the plum tree became very busy.
Maybe it was the snow but the birds didn’t seem entirely sure of the best way to go at times.
Dropscone walked over to join us for a cup of coffee (and a scone) and managed to find his way to the house without crossing the bridge. His scones were excellent today.
After he left, Mrs Tootlepedal got ready to go to the Buccleuch Centre to help with the coffee shop lunches and I went to look at the snow.
The snow had stopped and it was very still so walking was a pleasure.
I thought that I would go and see how the tree felling at the Becks wood was coming along. I passed a gate….
….and found that a lot of trees had gone when I got to the wood. I walked down to the Wauchope road and then back up the Hallcrofts road to look at the wood from the other side. I was passed on the narrow road by a fully loaded timber wagon. Luckily because of the snow, it was going very cautiously and I had plenty of time to squeeze into the hedge and let it past.
They have put a new road into the middle of the wood and I could see a vehicle carrying felled trees across the Becks Burn and up to the the stacking point.
These drivers are skilled operatives! Higher up the wood the tree eating machine was busy organising more piles of logs to be fetched.
The forwarder arrived at the log pile shortly after me.
As you can see, there was snow everywhere but it wasn’t as thick on the hills as I had thought it would be judging from the amount we had in the garden.
There was a lot to look at….
….and I took a great number of pictures as I walked back down the road and up the hill on the other side of the Wauchope Water.
The sun threatened to come out but it didn’t quite manage it so the views, when I got up the hill, were a bit dull for the camera (but very enjoyable for me).
I looked at the turbines just over the top of the nearest hill and I was surprised to see them positively whizzing round…
…because there was hardly a breath of wind where I was standing. I still can’t work out why I was so perfectly sheltered but it made my walk very comfortable and I even got a little too warm as I puffed up the hill.
I came back down through the park and was pleased to find a bit of moss that hadn’t been covered up by the snow.
Mrs Tootlepedal had returned from the Buccleuch Centre just before I got home and we had a light lunch.
I had put the car into the garage for its MOT yesterday but it had needed some new parts and they had told us that it might be some time before we got it back so we were pleased when they rang up to say that it was ready.
Mrs Tootlepedal combined collecting the car with a little shopping and I watched a goldfinch paying close attention to hitting the perch exactly right…
….and enjoyed a greenfinch looking as serious as only a greenfinch can.
I should have gone for my walk in the afternoon as the sun came out then…
…but as it was, I just looked at the view from an upstairs window and sighed a little.
The workmen on the bridge were very busy and when they left, I went out to see what they had been up to.
There is not much of our bridge left, just a steel joist on one side….
…of a big hole in the road and two pipes on the other side, one of which has our gas supply running through it.
During the day a large pump had been delivered….
….and we think that they are going to use it to pipe the dam over the works as they rebuild the bridge. The water is needed by a sheepskin treatment factory further downstream.
We shall watch with interest.
Apart from my “beauty face”, I have got off very lightly from my fall but there is no doubt that it shook me up a little so I was happy to have a quiet end to the day.
We did pop out into the street in the early evening to watch the International Space Station flying over the town across a clear sky. Although we have often seen the ISS, we still retain our sense of wonder at being able to watch an easily visible man made object flying across the sky more than two hundred miles above our heads and going at a speed of 17,000 mph.
I found a moment to watch a flying chaffinch during the day.