Today’s guest picture is another form Irving’s Highland fishing trip. As well as an old bridge, he caught a new one too.
After some days which have had hints of spring about them, we had a return to cold weather today. As the sky was blue and the sun was out, this was a bit of a disappointment and I had to waste quite a lot of the glorious sunshine while I waited for the temperature to get up to a measly 4°C before I could go out for a quick pedal.
I managed 14 miles and this happily just took me just over the target distance of 350 miles for a calendar month. I am still well behind my annual target but at least March didn’t make things worse. I have cycled 200 miles on the slow bike since the demise of the fairly speedy bike and this is a tribute to the surprisingly good ride provided by the solid back tyre even on our bumpy roads.
All the same, I am looking forward to the new bike.
In spite of the chill, it was a lovely day for a pedal…
…but I couldn’t stop often as I was pushed for time. I was looking out for alder catkins but it looks like a bad year for them and they were rather sparse. These ones look healthy enough but they were quite lonely.
I made the most of the catkin stop by looking across the road at the ruined cottage.
I have been told that it is home to a barn owl family and is being left undisturbed for that reason.
And I always like to look at a wall while I am in pause mode.
I got home in time for lunch and a quick look at the birds….
….but soon it was time to go out again, this time by car to Lockerbie Station to catch the train to Edinburgh for our weekly visit to Matilda and her parents.
The visit went well and included a trip to the park (well wrapped up) where we played football, hide and seek and some of us enjoyed a vigorous go on the swings.
Once again we had a delicious meal before catching the train home and the only fly in the ointment was overtaking the gritting lorry just before we got back to Langholm. There is a hint of snow in the forecast for tomorrow morning.
I hope that it is only a hint as I have got to take Mrs Tootlepedal to Carlisle tomorrow to catch another train. We have had quite enough winter this year without getting any more at this late date.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.