Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who felt that he could prove that East Wemyss has fine trees as well as seemingly eternal sunshine.
For a change, we had some sunshine here too today, but as it came hand in hand with a very gusty and nippy east wind and a drop in the temperature, it was not quite as welcome as it might have been.
I had intended to go cycling, but it wasn’t appetising, and I had coffee and a ginger biscuit with Sandy instead. Mrs Tootlepedal had a very busy morning of meetings so when Sandy had left, I had a quiet time. I did go to visit our translated corner shop though.
The new shop (on the left in the panel) is bigger, brighter and has a nifty new sign but the old shop was on a proper corner so I shall miss it. Still, my cycle route to the new shop takes me along the river and I hope to be able to catch a few waterside bird pictures from time to time when I go to get my groceries.
The better weather brought more birds to the feeder….
…and the better light let me capture a pair of greenfinches coming and going.
Even occasional light showers didn’t put the birds off…
..and flying chaffinches were ten a penny, rain or shine.
I made some leek and potato soup for lunch (leeks and onions from the garden but we have had to start buying potatoes again after 5 months of eating home grown).
After lunch, I went out for a walk, touring the garden before I went.
There is still a little colour, fresh from the jasmine, medium from the wallflower and faded from Rosy Cheeks…
…and some interesting greens too, the perennial nasturtium in the yew, unseasonable leaves still on a clematis and promise of flowers from a sarcococca by the back door.
I started out on my walk just after two o’clock and the sun was already setting behind the hill, so one side of the river was already in shade.
I directed my feet to the sunny side of the street and went up a bit of a hill too in an effort to keep in the sun.
The wall, as I went up Hallpath had a good deal of interest with hart’s tongue fern, spleenwort and ample supplies of moss on some sections.
I looked up from the wall and admired a lofty tree. A man gardening nearby told me that it is a Wellingtonia.
As I walked on, the sun was getting lower all the time and I had to walk tall to get my head warm as I passed between a wall and a beech hedge.
I took the track along to the round house and passed a tree which has been gradually eating a ‘neighbourhood watch’ plaque. It looked like this in 2016…
…and it looked like this today.
I wonder how long it will be before the plaque disappears entirely.
The sun had all but disappeared by the time that I passed the round house…
…and headed on down through the little oak wood….
…to the old railway and took the path back towards town. There was a lot to see on the short stretch of old railway. The green lichen was surprisingly bright and the script lichen on the tree was comprehensive if not comprehensible…
…and the leaves came from a very young sapling but I don’t know whether the growth on the fallen branch was another lichen or a fungus. I would happy if a knowledgeable reader could shed some light for me.
I passed Skippers Bridge by without stopping to take yet another picture….or maybe I didn’t and succumbed to temptation…
…and a sheep looked at me as I walked along the Murtholm track with a hint of censoriousness in its gaze as a result.
Perhaps I shouldn’t have dallied at the bridge because although I could see sunlight on Meikleholm Hill…
…it started to rain on me as I walked along.
It was patchy rain. I could still see sunlight picking out a house on the hill to my right…
…but I was in the patch where it was definitely raining so I hurried home without taking any more pictures.
Mrs Tootlepedal was in the garden when I arrived back so we had a walk round (the rain had stopped) before going in.
We discovered a Lilian Austin flower and there were a lot of buds still forming on the bush. A cowslip was also flowering….
…but as we are due to have quite sharp frost tonight, maybe that will be that for both of them.
Regular readers will perhaps be asking why we were not in Edinburgh visiting Matilda as it is a Thursday today and they would be right to ask. We should have been in Edinburgh but half the children at Matilda’s school have fallen victim to the winter virus and Matilda is in the unlucky half.
As we neither wanted to catch the virus nor bring it back to Langholm, we wisely stayed at home. An evening phone call revealed that Matilda, after an unhappy morning, was making good progress so we have our fingers crossed that neither she nor her parents will be too badly affected.
There was no hint of sun left by the time we had had a cup of tea so the rest of the day was spent indoors doing little tasks.
The sunnier weather did let me catch a much improved flying bird of the day even though it was raining when it flew past me..