Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone who has been in Glasgow getting a knee checked out. He took the opportunity to sample the Glasgow underground train service, popularly known as the ‘Clockwork Orange’.
We woke to a beautiful sunny morning today but the late September downside was in evidence in the form of a layer of ice on the car window with the temperature at 2°C. That was too cold for me to go cycling as I have already had one bad experience with a patch of ice on a sunny day this and I definitely don’t want another.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off for a fund raising coffee morning with friends and I hung about until the temperature hit 5°, finally getting going a bit later than was intended.
The wait was worth it though as it was a perfect morning for cycling, with light winds and hardly a cloud in the sky.
The newly surfaced road at Callister has got a sparkling fresh white line and was looking at its best.
I cycled through Gair and Eaglesfield and joined the old A74, going north through Ecclefechan…
..which is notable both as the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle, the sage of Ecclefechan, and the home of the world famous Ecclefechan Tart.
I kept going north until I passed the biggest wood burning stove in Dumfriesshire…
…where I turned west to cross the River Annan, passing the delightful Applegarth Church…
…and a charming cottage with its own clock tower at Millhousebridge just before I crossed the river.
I must say that if I had a clock tower on my house, I would keep the clock running on time.
Once over the river, I turned south and had a stop for a roll and a banana beside the Mill Loch in Lochmaben.
I found a bench in a sheltered spot beside the loch…
…and ate my roll beside Weigela and Himalayan balsam flowers.
I pedalled on southwards to the little village of Dalton where they had a really good idea in 2000….
…though the tiles are getting a bit discoloured with age.
My tour continued as I passed beneath the Repentance Tower at Hoddom…
…and then I followed the course of the river Annan down to the town of Annan.
Having crossed the fine bridge there, I was blown home by a friendly wind, stopping only to admire a fireless engine at the Devil’s Porridge museum at Eastriggs….
…and an even larger quantity of migrating geese than last time in a field near the border..
…with a few swans keeping themselves to themselves at the other end of the field.
Those interested may find further details of the ride by clicking on the map below.
The skies clouded over for the last part of the ride and I was glad to have been well wrapped up to counter the chill at the beginning of the outing. I was able to shed a few layers as I went round though.
Mrs Tootlepedal had had a busy day with the coffee morning followed by some serious gardening in the afternoon. This involved a lot of digging as part of the new plan for the top of the vegetable garden.
After a cup of tea and a look at the feeder, which I had to fill as it had obviously been busy during the day…
..I went out to inspect the works and take a picture or two of things that had survived the chilly morning.
Mrs Tootlepedal made herself some very good looking courgette fritters for her evening meal and I cooked up a calorie heavy dish of macaroni cheese to make sure that I didn’t fade away after my cycling efforts. (In fact, there is no chance of that as I am at my winter weight already and winter hasn’t even begun.)
The TV provided Gardener’s World and highlights from an exciting day of golf in France to give us both a good excuse to sit down and put our feet up in the evening.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.