Today’s guest picture is another from our son Tony just to show that his life isn’t always glorious sunrises.
We had a dry day today that became increasingly breezy as time passed. If I had been extremely well prepared and keen, I could have got up at the crack of dawn and done twenty miles in calm conditions before breakfast…but I wasn’t and I didn’t.
What I did do was to have a late breakfast and then enjoy a cup of coffee and some excellent scones with Dropscone when he came to call. His golf is still causing him some grief but he did tell me that he had noticed the toadstools were out in force among the trees beside the fifth fairway on the golf course.
I couldn’t go up straight away as I had a visit to the health centre to get my three monthly vitamin B12 top up to fit in first.
I had a look at the birds when I got back and was happy to see a calm blue tit on the feeder pole…
…and several lively chaffinches coming in for seed.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help out at the Buccleuch Centre cafe and after a light lunch, I headed up to the golf course on a toadstool quest.
On my way there, I saw horses at the bottom of the Kirk Wynd having a snack on the way to their field….
…and a bee having a snack on a dandelion at the top of the slope.
I was a bit worried about the toadstools when I passed the green keeper and he told me that they had been mowing the rough but when I got to the trees, there were still plenty to be seen.
They were a little past their best but there was a lot of variety and colour….
…and both old and new were to be seen along with other varieties.
This was the top toadstool of the day in my opinion.
While I was on the course, I took a moment to admire the wonderful new 7th tee, built since my golfing days….
…and the old shelter for benighted golfers on stormy days, still standing after many years but only just.
I left the course and headed for the open hill.
I had passed this way last in the middle of the dry spell and the wall at the gate onto the hill had had very little lichen or moss but the recent rains had got things going again…
…and both lichen and moss were thriving.
The skies clouded over as I walked along the track to the quarry so I have taken the liberty of ‘zinging up’ the pictures that I took along the way a bit as otherwise the skies looked very dull in the images and the results didn’t reflect the pleasure that I got from the scenery.
My route took me along the hill with views up the Ewes Valley to the north…
…past the town….
…over the wall at the quarries…
…and down into the woods….
…which gave me some welcome shelter from the stiff breeze.
I walked down to the river at the Skippers Bridge and stopped for the obligatory picture opportunity.
It is a tall bridge when viewed from the upstream side as can be seen by the tiny figure crossing it in the shot above.
Peering through arch of the bridge, I thought that the river was looking at its best.
The recent storms have left a lot of broken trees and branches around and I saw a couple on my walk today.
I walked along the Beechy Plains on my way home and in the rather gloomy woods beside the river, I saw both script lichen and fungus…
…of various sorts.
I ended my walk with a visit to our corner shop. It really is on a corner.
Mrs Tootlepedal had brought back a slice or two of a delicious sponge cake from the Buccleuch Centre and I ate them with a cup of tea while I rested for a while after battling the breeze.
Then I started the task of sanding down the garage doors which are going to be painted. Luckily this didn’t require any great skill and I was able to get on with it while Mrs Tootlepedal did some shopping.
In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to do front-of-house for a ballet screening and on this occasion, I left her to it and spent time messing about with the photo editor instead.
The flying bird of the day is another chaffinch. There are a lot of them about.