Today’s guest picture is another form Bruce’s visit to Eyam. A helpful notice tells you that this is a wall sun dial.
It was warmer today and it got even warmer as the day went on whihc was very welcome. It was rather damp and grey in the morning when I went out to learn something about ferns from fern enthusiast Mike Tinker.
We met at his house and his garden offered plenty of photo opportunities before we set out. I took two of them.
We started our walk on the path round the new playing field at the school. There is a big wall at the end of the pitch whihc had a lot of interest.
There was maidenhair spleenwort, showing the very dark centre rib on the back of the leaf…
…and wall rue which I had passed many times without ever realising that it was a fern.
…and among the interest was a strawberry tucked in among the stones of the wall and a hart’s tongue fern which was definitely past its best.
We moved on to Langholm Castle…
…where we found common polypody and polystichum aculeatum or hard shield fern.
The hard shield fern had an interesting looking back.
We walked up the hill to Pathhead and saw many more examples of both polypody and polystichum. Mike explained to me that these were evergreen or semi-evergreen ferns and told me that we would need to wait about a month to see any of the new ferns coming out.
As we walked up the hill, we passed liverworts and golden saxifrage too.
On our walk as well as ferns we saw fungus…
….a hazel with a good number of flowers on it and any amount of dog’s mercury.
Back in Mike’s garden, he showed me two of his own ferns, a soft shield fern, Polystichum setiferum….
…and another very handsome one of which I have forgotten the name…
…and an unusual version of hart;s tongue.
I haven’t done justice with the camera to all the ferns we saw and may have missed one or two out of this account. I hope that I have recorded the ferns correctly but there was a lot to take in. I am looking forward to the walk when the fresh ferns arrive in about a month. Thanks to Mike for a really interesting outing.
After a cup of coffee, I went home and watched the birds for a moment.
There were still a lot of goldfinches about in argumentative mood.
Then I checked the pond…
and went in and had some lunch.
The afternoon was fine and even sunny sometimes and the wind was supposed to be quite light so I set out for a cycle ride. Either the wind was stronger than was forecast or my legs were weaker, or both, but I found the going quite tough on the way out and had to take things easy. I didn’t stop for much as I went along as we are still waiting for the roadside wild flowers to appear in numbers. There were some good clumps of celandine…
…but I am still waiting for the spring carpet of dandelions to be rolled out.
A small forest of equisetum near Kirkpatrick Fleming caught my eye…
…and a single daisy while I was pausing for a snack and a breather.
I have cycled over the bridge at Glenzier many times and wished that it was easier to take a picture of it but you can see my problem…
…so this is probably the best that I will manage.
When I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal had returned from an all day embroidery workshop and was busy in the garden. I was unaccountably tired after a shortish and slow 31 mile ride but if you turn the distance onto kilometres, it comes to 50km and that sounds more impressive.
After watching some sport on the telly while I relaxed, I made baked eggs and spinach with a cheese sauce for tea and resolved not to go cycling tomorrow, whatever the weather.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch.