Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She was visiting Tunbridge Wells recently and admired the fine station clock there. She didn’t arrive at the station by train though, as she had had to get there on a bus from Tonbridge owing to works on the line. So, it is not just us who have a bad effect on the railways.
It was another grey day today here with very low cloud again, but as it was calm and reasonably warm, I turned down a very tempting offer of treacle scones and the tale of a trip to Amsterdam from Dropscone and got my bicycle out instead.
There was a light breeze in my face as I set off but it wasn’t enough to blow the clouds off the top of Callister…
…and it was thick enough on the top of the hill to make me wish that I had cycle lights.
However, it was not long before I was out of the clouds and safely down the other side of the hill. The clouds were still pretty low….
…but at least I could see where I was going.
It wasn’t a day for stopping to take pictures and I didn’t take another until I was halfway round my route when a lichen on the motorway bridge at Harker caught my eye when i stopped for half a banana.
I was spoiled for choice when it came to bare trees in a field once I had crossed the A7 and headed towards Scaleby. This one was on my right at one point….
…and this one was on my left.
As you can see, the clouds had lifted a bit by this time but I was under slight time pressure to get my ride completed. I had been pretty slow against the breeze on my way out so I had to keep going on my way home.
It was our 52nd wedding anniversary today and I was hoping to mark the occasion with a 52 mile ride but I miscalculated and ended up doing 53 miles. Ah well, the route should stand me in good stead next year.
I called in at our corner shop on the way home for some milk and a packet of biscuits so it was a useful if rather elongated trip to the shop.
I found Mrs Tootlepedal at work in the garden when I got home. It isn’t the time for serious work yet and she told me that she had just been faffing around. I had to check before using this word in a post as it sounds vaguely vulgar, but I find that faffing is a word of impeccable pedigree meaning to blow about indecisively in the wind. Mrs Tootlepedal confirmed that this approximated to what she was doing.
I had a look round the garden and was rather depressed by a vigorous show of moss in the middle of a lawn.
I like moss but I would also like to be able to see some grass at least.
Signs of life on a viburnum were cheering.
And I hope to get better light soon to be able to take a better picture of the Sarcococca at the back door.
The reason for getting the bike ride finished on time was the need to be ready to take Mrs Tootlepedal out to see a film called The Personal History of David Copperfield, which has been well reviewed. Mrs Tootlepedal had checked the film timings and we arrived in Carlisle on the dot for the programme to start. All would have been well if the cinema had not been closed because of a fault in their water supply, a secret which they had kept to themselves and not revealed to their website.
We drove home.
And had fish and chips as a consolatory treat for our anniversary tea, followed by plum crumble and custard. It is not just railway trains that fall to pieces as we approach them.
At the end of the day the feeder remained as full as it had been at the beginning so there is no trace of a sitting let alone a flying bird of the day today.