Today’s guest post comes from my brother’s latest group walk. They covered eight miles with enough climbing to offer some fine views like this one over the village of Crich.
It was another day of frequent heavy rain showers and brisk winds here, and we chickened out and drove the few hundred yards to the church to sing in the choir to avoid getting soaked before we sang.
After church, we went shopping and bought a Sunday newspaper, and reading this kept us occupied for the rest of the morning. We have been getting some good sized potatoes from Mrs Tootlepedal’s potato patch, so I had a baked potato for my lunch. After lunch, I made some ginger biscuits for want of anything better to do.
By mid afternoon we were feeling a touch of cabin fever, so when we found a moment when the sun was shining and the forecast offered a mere 20% chance of rain over the next two hours, we decided to go for a walk. As we left the garden, Mrs Tootlepedal sagely pointed out the looming clouds on the horizon but I laughed them off and we continued.
I was laughing on the other side of my face half a mile later when we sheltered under some trees as torrential rain fell from the grey skies above us.
We waited for some time and then got bored and headed home, getting quite wet as we went.
Mary Jo’s scientific rain gauge was showing 5 inches of rain for the week. This was the second week running with 5 inches of rain in our rain gauge.
Of course the sun came out half an hour later but we were discouraged by then and stayed at home.
I did walk as far as the garden.
I was surprised to see that a red admiral had the flying power to get into the garden in one of the dry spells in the afternoon in spite of the strong wind and heavy showers.
Some flowers seem impervious to bad weather and the Abyssinian gladioli are flowering away very well.
There is still colour about but not a lot…
…although the Michaelmas daisies are getting more plentiful by the day.
Mrs Tootlepedal came out in the late afternoon and we dug up most of the rest of our potato crop. She was very impressed by this nine inch long specimen which was by no means unique.
I cut up the haulms and added them to the compost in Bin A. The bin is getting quite hot and the haulms looked quite healthy, and as we won’t add the compost to any potato bed next year, it should be safe enough.
We keep on filling the bin to the top and it keeps going down so it must be decomposing quite well.
Nearby, the apples look to be ripening well.
Since the sun was out after our evening meal and the wind had dropped, I took the opportunity to go out for a quick walk round three bridges.
The fact that the Wauchope Water was flowing a lot more strongly than the Esk during the recent spates has led to the Wauchope dumping a lot of gravel well out into the bed of the Esk.
Even though the Esk had not been very high, it had still washed a small tree under the Langholm Bridge.
As I got to the Kilngreen, the sun came out from behind a cloud and lit up the mallards who were resting on the bank.
The light was mellow all around.
I crossed the sawmill brig and…
…enjoyed the light on the other side too.
The cricket ground was looking very peaceful after what must have been a very poor day for cricketers.
My walk wasn’t all plain sailing as I had to keep an eye out for large puddles…
..but I negotiated them all with care and got home dry shod.
I took a picture of the corydalis growing out of a crack in the wall at the end of the Scholars’ Field and was pleased to get home without encountering another heavy shower.
The flying bird of the day had come to earth.