Out and about again

Today’s guest picture is a follow up to the recent guest picture from Dropscone which showed the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct seen from below.  This is the view from above.  Dropscone walked over the aqueduct.  It would need a team of wild horses to get me across.

Telford aqueduct

We enjoyed a delightfully sunny day today with the only drawback being a frosty morning and a reluctance from the thermometer to rise above 5 degrees.  I would like to have gone for a walk but foot resting is still the order of the day so I spent a quiet morning in waiting for the temperature to rise to safe cycling levels.

I was well entertained by birds while I waited.

Camera shy chaffinches tried to sneak past me undetected….

chaffinch hiding

…while down below, a blackbird eyed up the possibility of fallen seed…

blackbird at feeder

…and a robin took a view from a garden chair.

robin on chair

In the midst of the usual scrum of goldfinches and chaffinches, a splash of yellow caught my eye.  A siskin had arrived, the first for some weeks.

siskin on feeder

It posed for me with a goldfinch to show just how small a siskin is.

siskin and goldfinch

I took a turn round the garden and the sun had encouraged some flowers to do their best, although the first daffodil of the season needed some support to hold its head up.

garden flower feb 11

The garden is amazingly dry considering the amount of rain recorded in  Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge over the past few days.

rain gauge Feb

I made some vegetable soup for lunch and then set off for a short ride on my slow bike.

I stopped a lot to take pictures.

I like this dangly larch branch…

larch in winter

…and there was no shortage of dangly catkins too.

catkins two

The bullocks were taking a rest from playing king of the castle when I first passed them…

sitting bulls

…but ten minutes later, they were full of fun again.

bullock on mound

My trip took me up the valley of the mighty Wauchope Water and to give the reader some context, I include a map of the three mile long river and its tributaries, with some markers to put the pictures in place.

Wauchope catchment

!. This is the spot where the Wauchope Water descends through narrow rocks to make my favourite little cascade.

bessie bells cascade

2. A view of Logan Water….

logan water

…just above where it joins the Bigholms Burn…

bigholms and logan water

…to become the Wauchope.

3.  A view of the junction of Collin Burn and Glentenmont Burn which together make up the Bigholms Burn.

bigholms burn

When you see these small and gentle streams, it is surprising that they can collect enough water between them to make the Wauchope look like this only five miles away.

wauchope in flood
The Wauchope last week as it meets the Esk

I was detained by some lichen on a bridge and more on a concrete fence post on my way home.

lichen on brodge and post

Altogether I managed to pedal twelve and a half miles between taking the pictures so it was a satisfactory outing.  While I was pedalling, Mrs Tootlepedal was doing good work in the garden and greenhouse so we were both pretty cheerful as we sat down for a refreshing cup of tea as the light began to fade.

A second helping of Mrs Tootlepedal’s excellent fish pie once again rounded off a day on the credit side of the great ledger of life.  I have made an appointment with a physiotherapist for later in the week and as I am expecting a miracle cure, I hope to be back walking very soon.

As the goldfinches were in a co-operative mood, I have gone overboard and used two of them for the flying bird of the day.

flying goldfinch

flying goldfinch (2)

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

25 thoughts on “Out and about again

  1. Imagine what it is like going over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a boat. As I recall, from very long ago, you can’t even see the metal boundary to the channel on the left hand/port side.
    I cut the grass today (should have done it late autumn). At last it was dry enough to do so with my human-power mower.

  2. Am eager to know what is wrong with your foot, glad the appointment is soon!

    I love all the little rolls and waterfalls that lead to the big river.

    There is NO way I would have crossed that aqueduct.

  3. The catkins on the left look like hazel, but I don’t recognize the ones on the right.
    I agree about how surprising it is to think that the little tributaries make up such a big river. The same thing happens here.
    That yellow / orange lichen on the right looks like one of the sunburst lichens, maybe poplar sunburst or the elegant sunburst.

  4. A beautiful assortment of birds and late winter flowers from your area. Our own native robins, Turdus migratorius, are back in large numbers now.

    We are back to rain, for now, and the thin covering of snow has melted. Our daffodils are having a similar problem holding their heads up after being weighed down by icy snow.

    Good luck with the physiotherapist. I hope they can fix your foot.

  5. Dropscone is a brave fellow. Serious amounts of water. We find mostly it’s not what falls on you that matters, it’s what falls upstream that can cause the problems.

  6. The map is such a great idea together with the markers and photos. The birds look bright and cheerful with that sunbeam of sunshine on their feathers. Love that little robin and siskin.

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