Today’s guest picture, in the absence of any alternative, is another welcome to the sunny shore of Wemyss. Tony certainly has a grand spot for walking his dogs.
It was quite frosty here this morning…
…and it stayed below zero all day. There was very little wind though and the sun was shining when we got up so it seemed like a good day for a walk after breakfast.
Once again, the roads, tracks and paths were miraculously ice free so I walked down one side of the Esk as far as Skippers Bridge and came back on the other side.
I was hoping for some frosty trees but there hadn’t been enough dampness in the air to make for spectacular shots….
…and almost as soon as the sun touched a frosty tree, the ice melted.
I didn’t take yet another picture of Skippers Bridge when I got to it but I did enjoy the reflections in the river on the other side on such a still day.
I enjoyed them so much that I took two.
I walked up the banking onto the old railway and made my way home via the old oak wood…
I took a lot of pictures without getting any good results but I did end up with freezing hands in spite of having a couple of hand warmers with me. They are quite old and may have lost a bit of their potency over the years.
When I got home, I had coffee and scones with Dropscone. His younger daughter lives out in the country and was unable to get to work today as they had serious snow where she lives so we have been lucky with our modest fall.
While we were sipping and chatting, I noticed a brambling in the plum tree…
…and got quite excited. It was the only one though and when it didn’t visit the feeder and soon departed, I calmed down again.
The sub zero temperatures had brought more than usual quantities of birds to the plum tree…
…but still nothing like as many as in years gone by.
A blackbird appeared.
There were enough birds about to make for stiff competition for perches.
While Dropscone and I were refreshing ourselves, Mrs Tootlepedal was busy with the gesso and the horse. Here you can see her cleaning the eyes after the final coat of gesso had gone on.
Several days will now elapse while the gesso dries and then it will be sanded and the painting will start. It looks very promising.
When Drospcone left, it was obvious that low mist was coming in over the town so I thought that this might be good moment to get to the top of a hill for a ‘mist in the valley’ photo opportunity.
I would have driven up to the White Yett, as speed is the essence in these situations, but before breakfast, I had taken the car up to the garage for a pre MOT check so it was not available.
Since it was walk or not go, I walked.
I headed for the track up to Warbla, the easiest of our hills to climb.
It was still cold…
…and there was a mixture of sunshine and mist as I got on to the hill.
Rather alarmingly from a photographic point of view, the mist seemed to be on top of the hills instead of lying above the rivers…
…but I plugged on, propelled by my walking poles. Although there was still mist above me, I could see blue sky above the mist so I was hopeful….
…but as I got near the top of the hill, I was still walking into mist instead of looking down on it…
…and when I got there, the top of the communications mast at the summit was only just visible.
When I got to the trig point, all I could see below was mist and the photo opportunity was gone. Still, as a consolation I did see a little mistbow right in front of me. In fact it was so close that my camera couldn’t take it all in…
…but I have crudely stitched two shots together to give an impression of what I saw.
It was annoying to have no view when the blue sky was so close above my head and I waited in the hope that the mist would drop back into the valley. I had no such luck and instead, more low cloud rolled in on top of me so I headed back down the hill before I froze solid.
The footing was amazingly secure but any chance of a landscape shot had gone so I had to be content with a sheep on a wall…
…before I dropped back down the track into the park and home.
I was very grateful when Mrs Tootlepedal heated me up a bowl of her fine mixed lentil soup for a late lunch.
My final walk of the day was to fetch the car back from the garage. It will need a little work before it can pass its MOT so I will have to take it back again next week.
I ended my active day by cycling round to the corner shop to get some fishcakes for my tea. It was -3°C so I wrapped up well even for this short trip!
The mist had totally enshrouded the town by this time and it was very gloomy so we pulled the curtains and had a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch looking keenly for a place at the table.
Note: I walked five and a half miles today so although my foot, calf and knee are still sore they are obviously not that sore!