An early chill

Today’s guest picture shows a wonderful sunrise over the Forth captured by our older son Tony as he walked his dogs near his new house on the shore.

wemyss sunrise

We had a sunny day here but after a clear night, it was only 2°C when Mrs Tootlepedal got up and she was worried about the garden.  The cold had done for the courgettes which had collapsed but a lot was untouched by the chilly hand of autumn and she was able to garden usefully through the day and into the early evening.

After a leisurely breakfast, I cycled up to the Archive Centre to take a meter reading  and then cycled home again to collect the key which I had forgotten.  The second journey was uneventful and the meter got read.

In spite of the cold start to the day and the fact that it never got very warm out of the direct sun, the butterflies were not discouraged.

The buddleias are fading so a red admiral tried a cosmos.

red admiral butterfly on cosmos

On the red buddleia, the flowers are now so scarce that multi occupancy was the order of the day.

red admiral butterfly groups on buddleia

I watched the birds when I went in.

There were a good number of goldfinches about….

goldfinch group

…and some rough sparrows too.  A hefty one footed kick soon dislodged the bird on the right.

sparrow stamping

I had an early lunch and got my new bicycle out and set off to see how strong the wind was.

It was gusty at times but after a slow first 14 miles over Callister and out to Eaglesfield, I had chosen a route that made it more of a friend than a foe and I enjoyed a peaceful ride back to Langholm by way of Gretna.

Although it was sunny when I set out, there were some dark clouds about…

dark cloud over callister

…and I had to stop and put my rain jacket on for a few miles between Gair and Eaglesfield.  It was unfortunate that a buzzard should have chosen some poor light to pose for me on a telegraph pole….

buzzard pn pole

….because they usually fly off long before I can get my camera focused so this would have been a rare opportunity.

My bike routes often taken me along rivers and over their bridges but today’s route took me to the motorway….

M74 from bridge

…which I crossed by a bridge.  Then I pedalled against the stream of traffic down the old road which runs beside this new road before crossing under the motorway this time on my way home.

I stopped to take my rain jacket off while I was on the bridge because as you can see, the sun was out by this time.  For the rest of my trip I was often cycling on wet roads  but in broad sunshine as the rain clouds were pushed just ahead of me by the wind….

windmills in the sun

…which was very busy making electricity as it shoved the clouds along.

The sound of honking caught my attention as I approached Englishtown near the border and looking through a gate in the hedge, I could see a flock of geese in the field…

geese at Englishtown

…another sign that autumn is here to stay.

I added 37 miles to my total for the year and now I am at just under 300 miles for September.

Before I had my shower after cycling, I went out into the garden to help Mrs Tootlepedal chop up some of the rhubarb roots which have come out of the new back bed.  Then as Mrs Tootlepedal was rather gloomy about prospects for the garden if the cold nights continue, I made a quick record of just some of the flowers left standing.

I thought that they might be saying, “Nos morituri, te salutumas” to the readers….

garden flowers 24 Sept (3)
From top left clockwise: potentilla, verbascum, niocotiana and Japanese anemone
garden flowers 24 Sept (2)
From top left clockwise: geranium, fancy primrose, nasturtium and fuchsia
garden flowers 24 Sept
From top left clockwise: euphorbia, lamium, potentilla and dahlia
special grandma
Special Grandma with buds still hoping for some more warm weather.

…but I hope that Mrs Tootlepedal’s gloom is unjustified as the forecast is offering us some generally warmer weather to come over the next few days.  Fingers crossed.

My flute pupil Luke came and we did more work on a Quantz trio sonata with my computer supplying the continuo.

There was no trio playing with Mike and Isabel tonight so I had a quiet evening at home.

There is another gender balanced flying bird of the day scenario today with male and female chaffinches sharing the duty.

flying chaffinchflying chaffinch (2)

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “An early chill

  1. The flower panels are particularly beautiful, as are your pair of FBOTD. It was slightly above 2 degrees C here this morning, but no damage to our squash. I was expecting some, and was relieved.

    How is your voice?

  2. Thanks for so many images of the flowers that are still surviving at this time of the year, they will be missed in the coming months of winter.

    But, you always have the birds to keep us entertained by showing us their shenanigans at the feeders.

  3. That’s a beautiful photo of the sunrise. Here we say “red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning.” I hope the same isn’t true there.
    That’s an amazing amount of flowers to have blooming in almost October.
    You were colder than we were this morning. We saw about 40 degrees F. which was plenty cold enough. Too bad about the squash plants. I haven’t seen anything harmed by cold or frost here yet, but it’s coming.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful sunrise pictures. Brave little flowers to stand up to the cold. Hope they last a while longer. My gardens are about done for. In our shady yard in the woods. there is not enough sunlight in late summer to keep them going.,

  5. Love the guest photo and all the beautiful flower photos too. Amazing number of different blooms to enjoy-Tibi gratias ago ate vale ( thank goodness for Google to check my rusty Latin!)

  6. Either your butterflies are much more cooperative or I just don’t have a knack for catching ours. Perhaps more flowers in bloom at this very dry (still NO rain) time of year keeps them moving and looking for something to land on.

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