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.
32 thoughts on “Tracking down toadstools”
You included some stunning views today especially the ones in the woods. I loved the river shot too not to mention that wonderful bridge.
The woods were looking good, I thought.
Whenever you say you had a late breakfast, I do wonder if your definition of ‘late’ is the same as mine, especially given the amount you pack into every day…
Late compared to my working days routine.
I also have that feeling, since for me a late breakfast is 11AM.
Loved the toadstools, fungi, and lichens, but the landscapes from during your walk, including Skipper’s Bridge are my favorites! I agree with Musiewild as far as how much you pack into a typical day.
The packing leaves plenty of space for tranquillity.
You got some great fungi shots and I love the landscapes. The view of the town is beautiful.
Lichen and mosses have been calling to me lately, it’s that time of year. Nice shot of the script lichen. I don’t think I’ve seen one in months.
I’ve done a lot of sanding but I can’t think of a single time that it was fun so I don’t envy you there.
It’s a novelty for me. I haven’t done much sanding since we built a small boat in the 60s.
I do like your river shots. The “unzinged” one with the bank of conifers in the background is absolutely beautiful – the kind of shot you’d like to walk into (well, maybe canoe into . . . ).
People do canoe down the Esk from time to time.
I like the picture with stile over the wall, and as always the excellent bridge.
The stile is a favourite spot for local walkers and photographers as you can imagine.
A fine variety of fungi – and a most scenic walk while you were about it.
Love all the landscape photos zinged or not. Good to see a pedestrian on SkippersBridge to give idea of scale…didn’t realise it was such a towering bridge- it’s such a lovely bridge and river and with the autumn colouring developing lots more photos will be coming soon…hope so! Hope the sanding goes well!
It is basic work so I should be able to manage it.
Well done Dropscone for that tip off.
Skippers Bridge is always a winner; zinged or inzinged. Your corner shop is gorgeous!
It is very handy.
Beautiful captures of the landscapes, and I agree on your “top toadstool of the day”, amazing! I did enjoy the other toadstools too, some appeared to have ancient artwork done on them. 🙂
Whatever is eating the toadstools has great taste. 🙂
That is a tremendous toadstool shot. I was thinking of working my fungi to be with joke in somewhere, but it isn’t very good and would be out of place amongst all the superb photography. Nice storm picture – life can’t all be scones and cycling…
It should be.
Oh, if only life were all scones and cycling! Beautiful countryside.
Scones and cycling just about sums up my life….with a bit of music added.
You have a good life, tootlepedal. Reading your blog always makes me smile.
That makes me smile too. Thank you.
I’m glad you gave up golf for scones and cycling; it wouldn’t be as interesting as blog fodder. For me, anyway.
No, golf is pretty dull as it consists of going round and round and round.
A beautiful set of photos! It is the season for fungi.