Today’s guest picture comes from Bruce’s who visited Oslo on his Scandinavian cruise. He tells me that She Lies (Norwegian: hun ligger) is a public sculpture by Monica Bonvicini made of stainless steel and glass panels. It is a permanent installation, floating on the water in the fjord and turns on its axis in line with the tide and wind, offering changing experiences through reflections from the water and its transparent surfaces. I would add that it is not often that you see a window cleaner at work on a sculpture.
I had a quiet morning in as although it was dry again, I wasn’t attracted to the idea of going for a cycle ride in very strong winds. I did walk round the garden where thanks to the continuing mild mornings, there are plenty of flowers still blooming. The panel below doesn’t show everything that’s out by any means.
Mrs Tootlepedal made some delicious ginger biscuits and then we cracked open some of our walnut crop and she made a walnut and banana loaf. The biscuits have been well tested but the loaf is waiting for tomorrow for a try out.
After lunch, I practised songs for our Glasgow trip and then went off for a walk. Mrs Tootlepedal, having checked my proposed route and tested the wind, decided that gardening would be more fun.
I walked up through the town and onto the golf course. My plan was to look for toadstools which often flourish there.
I think that i was too late this year and most of the fungus has flown. What was left was a bit tattered.
Still, it was a pleasure to be on the well maintained course and the views always are available to console a golfer after a poor shot and me after a fruitless fungus hunt.
This was my favourite view from the course today.
I walked up to the top of the course and took the track onto the open hill, passing this fine wall…
…which was rich with interest.
I was soon high enough up to get good views back down over the town…
….and away to the south over the Gretna windmills and the Solway Firth to the Lake District Hills which were nudging the clouds as they passed over.
I took closer looks at the town…
…where the poplars beside the church was very prominent…
…and looking at the New Town, I could see our walnut tree in the middle of the picture. (It is behind the much darker tree.)
I walked along the old track towards the quarry and leapt nimbly over the stile at the wall (that might not be an entirely true statement) before going down the hill on the far side of the wall.
The hill is not grazed intensively these days and young trees are able to grow without being nibbled before they can established themselves.
Going down the hill on a rough path requires all my concentration these days and if I try to look at the views as I descend, I am likely to fall over. I didn’t fall over today but I had to stop if I wanted to look at the river below.
The sun came out as I walked through a newly established birch thicket…
…and I had one last stop for a view…
…before I came to the woods on the lower slopes of the hill and walked down to the river to take the obligatory shot of Skippers Bridge.
This shot had added interest today, because when I looked at the picture later, I noticed something which I hadn’t seen at the time, a cormorant doing a little fishing under the bridge.
I crossed the bridge, clambered down the bank on the far side and looked back.
A quick check on the camera at this point showed me that I had already taken over 100 pictures, so I stuck it firmly in my pocket and resolved to take no more before I got home….
…but who can resist a goosander?
My walk was about three and a half miles long and I was very pleased with the co-operation that my feet offered as I went along. My new insoles are doing a good job.
Mrs Tootlepedal had just finished her gardening when I arrived back but she had enough energy left to cook a dish of smoked sausage and spinach with a cream cheese sauce served with penne. I needed it to give me strength as it was soon time to go out to my Langholm choir practice.
Our regular conductor was not there but our accompanist did a very good job of directing us and playing at the same time so we had a useful session.
On my way home from my walk in the afternoon, I came across a gang of jackdaws finding something interesting to do in the middle of Henry Street. They wisely took off when a vehicle approached, allowing me to capture a double (low) flying bird of the day.