A tootle but no pedal

regent's canal bridge

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s canal walk with my sister Mary.  I like a bridge with legs.

regent's canal bridge

After a chilly night, we had a chilly morning followed by a chilly afternoon.  Sandy, who dropped in for a coffee told me that his thermometer showed an overnight low of -7°C which is unusually cold for November for us. Indeed, we have had some mild winters lately so this came as a bit of a shock to us.

The temperature hardly crept above zero all day so I was happy when Dropscone also dropped in for a coffee as it was far too cold to go out for a bicycle ride.

In the end  though, I had to stop drinking coffee and lend a hand about the house as we are expecting a visitor tomorrow.

I did find time to check on the birds, but the cold weather had affected them too and there were not many about.

I got a fleeting glimpse of a chaffinch…

shy chaffinch

…and after a while, a goldfinch appeared.  The reflection in  the window made it look a bit as though it was dropping down a glass tube.

descending goldfinch

The robin paid several visits to the feeder area in pursuit of fallen seed…

robon panel

…but in general there was not a lot to look at, so I made some lentil soup for lunch instead.

After lunch, I went for a walk.  The skies were rather leaden by this time, but there was hardly a breath of wind and it was not icy underfoot, so it was pleasant enough for a stroll, especially as I was well wrapped up.

I checked the ice crystals on a sedum in the garden…

ice on sedum

…and saluted a hardy perennial wallflower before I left.

perennial wallflower late november

The larches are rapidly going  over and only the needles at the very tops of the trees are left to give a little late colour.

last of the larches

There was more colour on this tree growing out of a memorial in the Wauchope graveyard.  It is doing severe damage to its host.wauchope graveyard

I had a look at my favourite lichen garden on the fence post beside the Auld Stane Brig.  The pixie cups had been bejewelled….

pixie cxup lichen ice

…while other lichen on the same post was unaffected by ice.

fence post lichen

The moss on the bridge parapet was almost invisible under its icy coat.

moss with ice

It was too cold to hang around taking many pictures and I had an appointment fairly soon so I was pleased that the path was easy to walk on…

gaskells frosty

…even though there was ice on every plant beside it…

frosty leaf

There hadn’t been much melting during the day!

ice crystals

The smoke rising lazily from the chimney at Stubholm showed how still the day was….

stubholm view november

…and there were still a few colourful leaves to be seen when I had passed the house.

top of park steps

When I got home, I was amazed to see the phlox was having a phinal phlourish.  This is the plant that looks as though it will never die.

last phlox

Nancy, the Archive Group treasurer came round to show me  the accounts for the year.  They are in a very satisfactory state and we should be able to go on with our work during 2020.

In the evening, Sue, Susan and Jenny, the other three members of our recorder group arrived and we had a very enjoyable hour and three quarters playing early music.  The selection of music was good and we played it quite well.  Who could ask for anything more?

The weather  has warmed up a bit during the evening and it looks as though we might have a day above freezing tomorrow.  It will still probably be too cold for me to cycle so I am going to get indoor cycling sorted out as I haven’t had a pedal for ages thanks to the cold spell.

Flying birds were few and far between today and I didn’t get many good pictures so I was tempted to use a fancy filter on my photo editor to make the best of this female chaffinch…

posterized chaffinch

…and this male will be the flying bird of the day.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “A tootle but no pedal

  1. I like your bit of alliteration 👍
    I’ve been using my “road to nowhere” lately to..its deadly boring,but I liven it up slightly by trying to keep my cadence in step with my playlists.
    The Beatles White album is my current favourite,and actually probably my all time favourite of theirs..considering it’s 50ish years old it’s still sounds quite innovative imo.

  2. What are those flat stones arranged as a kind of platform in your picture with the colourful leaves, as you passed Stubholm? Where do you pedal indoors? I’m thinking of doing the same, but where do I set it up? Both my sheds are full to brimming. I am afraid the only time I get to cycle is on my commute, but now the canal towpath is out of bounds because it’s too dark, as there is no lighting along it’s length. When I attempted to cycle it last week on the way in for my night shift, in very heavy rain, I nearly ended up in the canal. Not a happy prospect this time of year. While cycling through traffic in the evening rush hour is now too frightening an experience for this pedaller,. Sad but a fact.

    1. You have my sympathy as far as awkward cycling choices go. We have Mrs T’s exercise bicycle in the spare bedroom but it I tried it today and it doesn’t suit me at all unfortunately so I will have to get back to my old road bike on a turbo trainer squeezed into a corner in our garage. It is cold and gloomy cycling there but at least there are no icy patches.

      1. Hi tootlepedal, Thanks for your response but I still don’t know what those flat stones are that are arranged in a sort of support for something. Down here in Wales and in Northern Ireland similar structures are at the roadside next to farms to put milk churns on for collection by the local dairy. Is thar what it is? Cheers.

      2. Does that mean you don’t have stands next to the roadside by farms for the milk churns to be picked easily by the old dairy horse drawn carts? They are a distinct feature around all country lanes in Wales. I’m actually out pedalling this morning weather very mild, dry but a bit blowy. Fantastic! Just stopped at Scwd yr eira for an expensive sausage butty. Cheers

      3. Perhaps we do have some. I will keep my eye out when i get back to cycling. Congratulations on finding a good day for a pedal, especially when it involves a sausage butty. (I am an egg butty man myself)

      4. Nothing wrong with an egg butty, but sadly cycling homeward after my sausage butty, I had a puncture, and had to walk the last mile home. I believe I’ve fixed it. Do puncture patches have a best before date? Because, I couldn’t separate the paper covering from the patches in my puncture kit (they have been in my pannier bag for a very long time) so I had to wait for my son to bring a new supply home, in order to get the job done. No rest for the wicked. You could say I had a pedal and a gander today. I hope I haven’t plagiarised your style there? Good to swap comments with you today, cheers.

      5. Bad luck about the puncture. I have been very lucky on that front in recent years. My style is totally open to plagiarism and it is a compliment to be copied!

  3. PS I am glad you don’t mind plagiarism because your blog has been a big influence on mine! Not in going tootling and pedaling but in the droll way that you write. I do find myself copying your sentence structure sometimes.

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