Cool walking

Today’s guest picture shows a real trouper from Manitoba.  Lucie sent the picture to me and tells me that on the day that she took it,  Manitoba was at -8c, and the little pansy was still going strong despite having been covered in four inches of snow and suffering several below freezing days

Lucie's flower

We had another frosty morning here but a generally sunny day so after coffee, while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Carlisle to make some purchases relating to repainting our hallway, I brushed the leaves off the lawns, collected another good handful of fallen walnuts, checked out the floral survivors of the frosts…

four after frost flowers

…and went for a walk.

The falling of the leaves has let more light into the river bank near Pool Corner…

Wauchope above pool corner

…but there were still some bright leafy moments here and there along my walk…

manse brae tree

…although we are also well  into the ‘bare tree’ time for taking photos.

leafless tree

As you can see, there are some grey clouds in the background of the picture above and for a moment, a light drizzle threatened to spoil my walk.  It was a false alarm though and the drizzle fizzled out after only a minute or two, and the sun shone again.

It lit up a couple of characters who were as interested in me as I was in them.

balck cow

grey cow

The frosty mornings haven’t affected the lichens on the fence post at the Auld Stane Brig.

lichen fence post

Why this particular fence post out of the thousands around here should have such a flourishing lichen garden is one of life’s little mysteries.

My stroll took me along Gaskell’s and Easton’s Walks.  There were fungi to be seen along Gaskell’s…

three gaskells fungi

…and the sun penetrated through the trees to light up the arrival of the Becks Burn into the mighty Wauchope.

becks burn meeting wauchope

I looked across at Meikleholm hill…

Meikleholm hill autumn

…before plunging through the autumn tunnel to the Stubholm and Easton’s walk.

stubholm track

It was definitely autumn in the Beechy Plains…

beechy plains

…but there was still plenty to look at as I went along.

acorn, script lichen and leaf

This fine bunch of daisies on the river bank at the park bridge made a cheerful end to my walk.

daisies by park brig late october

I made some lentil soup for lunch and Mrs Tootlepedal got back safely from Carlisle in time to have some for her lunch too.

The temperature had risen to 8°C by the time that lunch was over, so I wrapped up warmly and got my bike out of the garage.  I very nearly put it back again when I looked up and saw this.

rainbow from garden

That was the direction from which our weather was coming today.  I checked the forecast and it swore that it wasn’t raining in Langholm so in spite of the evidence of my eyes, I had faith and cycled off up the Wauchope road.

My faith was justified and it didn’t rain on me at all.  In fact it was more or less sunny the whole way.

There were no leaves left on the trees when I passed the Glencorf burn though.

glencorf burn october

I was doing an out and back ride, so I took this picture at the far end of Callister before I turned back towards Langholm

view over winterhope

…and this one at the other end of my ride, where in spite of some impressive cloud formations…

clouds up Ewes

…the top end of the Ewes valley was bathed in sunshine.

Ewes valley october

When I got home, after twenty gentle miles, I was greeted by these cheerful argyranthemums which had perked up in the sun after being rather droopy in the early morning frost.

last argyranthemums

Mrs Tootlepedal roasted a chicken for our tea and as I polished off the rest of the tarte tatin as pudding, any calories burned during my cycle ride were more than amply replaced by the evening meal.

Although the feeder has been out in the garden for two days now, no bird has visited it at all while I have been watching, so a dunnock is the standing in as flying bird of the day.

dunnock

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “Cool walking

  1. Well done that pansy! I loved the rainbow and the two cloudscapes. You take excellent pictures of interesting clouds, I always look forward to them.

  2. I love the landscapes and cloudscapes. It looks like you had a beautiful day.
    In the shot of the stream after the flower photos the light makes it looks like it has a thin layer of ice on it. I hope not.
    The lichens on that fence post are amazing.

  3. That flourishing lichen garden is the best specimen of that cup-like lichen I’ve ever seen. I seem to find lichen growing in some of the oddest places.

      1. Oddly enough the Lichen are a rather well behaved here, but the Himalayan blackberry vines (introduced species) is rampant and one dare not stand too long, too still outside for fear of being ensnared.

  4. You find such amazing things, the views, the lichen the rainbow, I loved them all. That pansy is a star tho’, I have just planted 24 like that, I hope they do as well!

  5. More enticing landscapes; good to see the nasturtiums survived the frost; amazing lichen; snap for the dunnock (No WP – how many times do I have to tell, you, not Cumnock).

  6. I’m with Laurie re. the cows – the fluffy ears just about do me in! It’s good that Lucie recorded the hardy wee volunteer pansy for posterity – I fear the snow and temps this morning will be too much for it.

  7. Those two dear little characters are my favourites with such fluffy faces. Mind you I love all the views and clouds and lichen and flowers and bird and that single horse chestnut leaf…that about covers it really! All lovely!

  8. Looks like it was a beautiful day for a ride, and many beautiful views and things to see along the way. Your fence post lichen colony is particularly beautiful. That is a nice composition.

    Such a handsome but serious little dunnock. Do your jackdaws stay around all year?

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