Today’s guest picture shows a Nottingham Inn dating from 1493 which my brother Andrew passed on his way to the university there.
It was calm and dry when I got up but it wasn’t warm. John in the shop called it ‘fresh’ and my neighbour Liz called it ‘snell’ and at a miserly 6°C when I set off on my bicycle, I agreed with both of them and had to be well wrapped up. I had remembered to pick up the key for the camera club meeting in the evening and this had given me an excuse to let the temperature rise a bit but it was still cold enough to make me glad of every layer that I was wearing.
I had had reports that there had been a landslip along the road to Lockerbie and indeed, I passed a sign saying ‘road closed ahead’ as I left the town. I went to have a look.
Not a pretty sight!
One of our other local roads has been closed for years after a landslip so everyone will hope that there is a bit more action in this case as it is a well used road.
I didn’t go any further along the road but turned back and went over the hill past the Bloch. I was anxious to see whether there were signs that the sun would come out later in the day so I looked at the clouds ahead of me…
…and behind me…
…and wondered if I was going in the right direction.
When I got to the top of the hill, I could look down on the Solway which was the intended destination of my ride.
That wasn’t water that I was looking at, it was a blanket of mist…
…shrouding the English shore.
Still, mist rises in my experience so I pedalled on down to Gretna Green where a piper in full rig….
…was cheerfully waiting to have his picture taken with a happy couple who had been just married at the Old Blacksmith’s Shop and were posing under a handy sculpture nearby.
By the time that I got to the English side of the Solway, the mist had disappeared…
…but sadly the sea had gone too.
I was puzzled once more by a roadside sign which says: When the water reaches this point maximum depth is 2 feet.
I have never been able to work out quite what it means but as the tide always seems to be out when I cycle here, it hasn’t mattered.
In the absence of any sea to photograph, I turned inland and circled round to make my way home. Although I was now heading into the wind, it was so light that I was able to keep my average speed up all the way back to Langholm.
I stopped for a picture or two on the way. This road near Rockcliffe turns sharply right just ahead so I suppose this qualifies as a colourful corner…
…and although I hadn’t seen any geese in the fields on my way down to the Solway, I saw plenty in the pond at Longtown on my way back.
I took an autumn colour shot at Irvine House…
…but resisted the urge to take yet another Skippers Bridge shot and got home after 62 miles feeling tired but happy.
I had time for a quick walk round the garden in the sun…
…and a look at the birds…
…before I had to sit down and choose 15 pictures to show at the camera club meeting in the evening.
Then Luke came for his flute lesson and I passed on some of the insights into breathing that I had got from my singing lesson. They apply to flute playing too.
The camera club meeting went well, with 10 members turning up and some very interesting images to look at. We are going to try some portrait photography at our next meeting. I hope to learn a lot as portraits are not my strong point, to say the least.
Mrs Tootlepedal returns tomorrow so whatever the weather holds, it will be a bright, bright day.
The flying chaffinches of the day are once again gender balanced.