Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. Not long ago he was in Glasgow where he was very impressed by the Doulton Fountain, the largest ceramic fountain ever built. It was one of the most popular attractions at the 1888 International Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park.
It was raining heavily when we woke up, but it very kindly took a break while Mrs Tootlepedal went for her morning walk with Riley. While she was out, I set off for England and a singing lesson and drove through many a sharp shower on the way. It is noticeable that colder temperatures and more use of lights, heaters and wipers reduces the amount of miles that we can get out of a full charge of the battery in the Zoe, but as it still gives us well over a hundred miles, we are not too despondent.
When I got home, slightly light-headed from doing so much proper breathing during the singing lesson, it was time for lunch.
In the afternoon, I looked at the holly tree just as the sun came out to emphasise the iridescence of a starling’s plumage…
…and while the sun was shining, I took a short walk round the garden.
Zinnias, roses and fuchsia enjoyed the better weather.
Although the perennial wallflower and Michaelmas daises are nearing the end of the line, a new clematis has come out to keep the purple colour going a little longer.
Later in the afternoon, our guest Riley took us for a walk…
…so we could enjoy some autumnal delights, like fungus on the track round the Scholars’ Field…
…and a small patch of brightly coloured leaves beside the new path on the Castleholm.
I had a look at the Castle ruin as we passed…
…and saw that something had been doing some serious nibbling on Noble Fir cones…
…in a rather selective way.
The piles of scales under the tree makes it likely that squirrels had been at work.
There is a very colourful tree beside the path which does its best to brighten up early autumn very year.
The sun came out as we walked along and it was very pleasant as we passed the Sawmill Brig…
…and admired the fine crop of spleenwort on the wall nearby…
…as well as enough beech mast to feed a good few pigs as we turned up the Lodge Walks.
It was a grand day for a walk after a very unpromising morning.
We crossed back over the Jubilee Bridge and were surprised to find Mr Grumpy standing in the shallow water below us.
We took the narrow track behind the school on our way home and found things to look at as we went along it.
Our neighbour Liz, Riley’s owner, has been attending a passing out ceremony for one of her grandsons who is now a fully qualified agricultural machinery engineer. She got back this afternoon and came over to collect Riley just after we had returned from our walk. It has been a pleasure to have such a well behaved visitor in the house.
Mrs Tootlepedal cooked a very satisfactory meal of eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and baked beans for our tea, and a good day was rounded off by a meeting of our recorder group.
Although our weather here had been calm, the two ladies who drove up from Carlisle to play had come through torrential rain with the roads awash with water on their way. We have been seeing some very heavy rain in the area lately but luckily Langholm has escaped the worst.
We had a good time playing some testing quartets and followed that up with a cup of tea and a dainty biscuit. I hope that the travellers got better conditions for their drive home.
Once again, the elegant wings of a starling feature on the flying bird of the day.