Unexpected punctuality

irish wall

Today’s guest picture shows an interesting wall which Dropscone encountered on his Irish holiday.

irish wall

Our spell of calm, dry and chilly weather continued today with a bright, sunny morning making it possible to overlook the 2°C temperature.

It looks as though this pattern will stay with us for several days with the only difference being that it will be well below freezing every morning.

Under these circumstances, I thought it would be best to get a walk in today while the going was still good.  On the same basis, Mrs Tootlepedal did a little gardening.

I started my walk by passing the mouth of the dam, just where it joins the River Esk.  After flowing under the bridge and then past the back of our house, the dam disappears under roads and into a factory, where it supplies water, before it comes back into daylight here:

dam

I was hoping to see interesting riverside birds while I was there but the cold weather has discouraged them and I had to make do with one of the resident ducks when I got the Kilngreen.

mallard

There were plenty of black headed gulls about but they stuck to the fence posts on the far bank of the river…

black headed gull

….where any flying action was largely confined to playing a game of musical posts.

black headed gull

They did occasionally rise high enough in the air to be described as flying….

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…but nor often.

I got fed up in the end and walked on to find somewhere where more reliable subjects could be found.

Surprise, surprise, it was a wall.

It had a  wealth of interest on it.  I am getting more confused every day but there seems to be moss, liverwort and lichen all in a heap here.

moss liverwort

 

My favourite patch was this one.

moss lichen

As I may have remarked before, it is amazing what you can see when you look.   I should acknowledge my debts both to Sandy, who showed me how to use a camera, and the New Hampshire Gardener, who consonantly inspires me  to look closely at the things I see.

I found another wall and met two very contrasting ferns on it.

ferns

I walked along the top of the wood above the Lodge Walks and once again admired the skill of the tree fellers who can leave a selection of trees standing while felling all around if they wish.

trees

On my way, I was inspected by the locals…

sheep

…and was intrigued by this tree.

tree with moss

Would that little window open and a gnome pop out and ask me to buy a ticket for my journey?   (I think that the political situation may be destroying my mind.)

I walked down through the snowdrops at Holmhead.  They are just about at their best.

snowdrops

When I got down to the flat, I could see the ridge that I walked along yesterday.

Timpen

I have to say that it seemed a lot steeper when I was walking up to the summit on the right yesterday than it did when I was looking at it today.

Further on, I saw more moss…

moss on wood

…which was not too difficult as there is moss everywhere at the moment after some very wet years.

I got home in time for a cup of coffee, fairly swiftly followed by lunch and the traditional Thursday trip to Edinburgh to visit Matilda and her parents.

We always leave in plenty of time as there is a bumpy and winding road on the way to Lockerbie but this leaves me with time to stand on the platform and look around.  I love the tower of Lockerbie Town Hall.

Lockerbie Town Hall

I like the fact the clocks show slightly different times and often wonder if anyone has ever stood on the balcony and addressed the crowds below or perhaps blown a fanfare.

I didn’t have as long on the platform as I usually have as incredibly the train was on time today.  Not only that, it actually arrived in Edinburgh a little ahead of schedule and there was a bus at the bus stop to take us down to Matilda’s almost as soon as we had stepped out of the station.

We were punctual to the dot so it was no great surprise to get a text from Alistair to say that they hadn’t got home yet.

Still, the great thing about cities is that they have shops there so we were able to kill a little time without any difficulty.

We had a most enjoyable visit, being thoroughly entertained by Matilda and well fed by her parents.  And Mrs Tootlepedal had bought one of her sticky toffee puddings with her.

The journey home went as well as the  journey up and we arrived back to find that not only had the builder finished installing the pavement kerb on the bridge but the gaps had all been filled up and things look as though they are now ready for tarmac.

dam bridge repair
The state of play when we left in the afternoon and when we got back in the evening.

I did find one sympathetic gull this morning and it is the flying bird of the day.

black headed gull

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

34 thoughts on “Unexpected punctuality

  1. I also love(d) the tower of Lockerbie town hall. (This is weird – seeing your posts is usually one of the last things I do before turning the light off. It’s 17.17 pm where I am at present , Denver Airport!)

  2. From moss to snowdrops to a magnificent clock tower! Wonderful! Do you suppose the clocks argue about what time it is?

  3. Glad the trip to Edinburgh went so smoothly. Loved the flying bird, so streamlined and enjoyed all those mosses, ferns and lichens so well photographed.

  4. I also love the snowdrops. The Edinburgh visit sounds up to its usual standard of excellence. I will be very disappointed if there has not been at least one fanfare sounded from the Lockerbie town hall tower…hopefully by the resident tree gnome 😊

  5. The gnome portal in the tree was most interesting. Makes one wonder about what we can’t see but may be there, nonetheless. The Lockerbie Tower with different times was fun to see. I also enjoyed seeing the herringbone stone wall.

  6. The fact that mosses, lichens, and liverworts all seem to grow on top of one another discourages me from trying to learn how to identify them, but I still enjoy seeing them. I also liked the mass of snowdrops in bloom.

    You’d think that some one would adjust the clocks in the magnificent Lockerbie Tower, unless they are set to different times for a reason.

    I’m glad that your trip went so well in both directions, I can recall a few of the stories that you’ve told when it hasn’t gone so well.

  7. The flying bird photo is great and no wonder you like the clock tower- it is magnificent. Lovely to see all those snowdrops in the sunshine and the mass of moss, lichen etc in all their shapes and sizes. Your journey to visit the family sounded very slick and enjoyable with a delicious pud and a happy grandchild.

    1. And Matilda wishes it to be widely known that she did a jigsaw puzzle all by herself…..with no help from Grandad or anyone at all….all by herself.

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