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.
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.
On the red buddleia, the flowers are now so scarce that multi occupancy was the order of the day.
I watched the birds when I went in.
There were a good number of goldfinches about….
…and some rough sparrows too. A hefty one footed kick soon dislodged the bird on the right.
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…
…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….
….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….
…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….
…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…
…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….
…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.