Today’s guest picture come from ex-archivist Ken who tells me that this odd structure is designed to filter pollutants to the equivalence of up to 300 trees. It is situated at Haymarket at a busy junction close to the bus station.
Spring arrived today and even if it is, as they used to say on the posters outside theatres, “For Two Days Only”, it was very welcome.
There was sun all day, no wind at all in the garden, no hint or threat of rain and a reasonable temperature.
Mrs Tootlepedal was very happy and got a power of work done in the garden and I was pretty cheerful too. There had been a light frost overnight so I waited for the temperature to hit eight degrees before I set out on my slow bicycle.
This gave me time to admire a goldfinch on the feeder….
…and walk round the garden.
There were bees on the crocuses…
… and frogs in the pond…
…getting ready for the start of a handicap race (though one contestant may have got distracted).
This was my individual pick of the day.
Talking of crocuses, I noticed that the camera had recorded two quite different colours on a set of crocuses growing side by side…
…even though they are exactly the same colour. Light is a funny thing.
And of course, if I ever get bored there is always plenty of moss to look at in the garden.
I was quite happy to delay setting off on my slow bike as I wasn’t aiming for a long ride because pushing the slow bike along is hard work and my knees are feeling the recent efforts a bit.
It was a grand day for a slow pedal though and I enjoyed my thirty miles a lot. I had noticed a sign regarding road improvements near the end of the Winterhope road so I took a short diversion to investigate. Things looked promising as I found a brand new pothole free surface but sadly, it didn’t go on for long…
…and I was soon on the old road again. I went far enough to take a picture….
….and then turned back and joined the Callister road again where I stopped to take a picture of the bridge at Falford which I often cross.
As it is at the bottom of a steep hill, I am usually going too fast to think about stopping but after my diversion today, I was going at a more suitable stopping speed.
The gorse along the road to Gair is always out early and it is looking good already this year.
I went up to Kennedy’s Corner where I enjoyed the variable geometry of these three roofs.
From there my route was downhill onto the Solway plain and I could look over the Solway Firth to the Lake District hills beyond as I came over the top of the hill.
On my way down to Chapelknowe, I passed a unusual lamb. I think that these two are Jacob sheep.
Once through Chapelknowe, I headed down to Corries Mill and on my way, I met a rush of traffic.
I was happy to pause while it passed my by.
Mrs Tootlepedal has been reading an interesting book about our end of the border between Scotland and England called ‘The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England’ written by Graham Robb, so I was happy to sneak over the border into England on my way and get a picture of the tower and church at Kirkandrews-on-cycEsk in part of the Debatable Lands.
It was still a lovely day when I got home and unsurprisingly, I found Mrs Tootlepedal hard at work in the garden. I took a look round and was very pleased to see that the hellebores were still looking good, the fancy primroses had more or less survived the frosty nights and the sun had brought the winter aconites out.
I think that the crocuses look at their best in the late afternoon sunshine…
…and I like a semi circle of them which Mrs Tootlepedal has arranged round the foot of the silver pear.
Our friends Mike and Alison have returned from seeing their grandchildren in New Zealand and Mrs Tootlepedal laid on a pot of tea and a fancy iced cake or two to welcome them back. They had gone through a rather alarming experience when a cyclone had pushed a high tide under the floor of the beach house where they were staying but other than that, they had had a wonderful time.
I will have to practise my flute now as regular Friday night music should resume.
We are hoping for another sunny day tomorrow and perhaps on Monday too but after that we are back to cool weather with the threat of rain and even snow again. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
A goldfinch, the flying bird of the day, is rather different from the usual chaffinch.