Slow progress

Today’s guest picture is another from Dropscone’s visit to Amsterdam.


It was another wet and windy morning here, so I was happy to continue in my peaceful resting mode while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to her monthly coffee morning with ex work colleagues.

I wasn’t left on my own though as Dropscone arrived with some extra delicious treacle scones.  He had put more treacle in than usual, I think.

His golfing has been limited both by the bad weather and the helicopter trips to the pylon at the top of the golf course, but he told me that the crows are still stealing golf balls.  You would think that they would have got bored with that by now.

I had seen a few siskins on the feeder before he came…

siskins on feeder

…but when he left, the birds disappeared too.  I walked slowly round to our corner shop to get some milk and an eclair, and they were still absent when I got back.  I didn’t see any more until the afternoon, when a small flock of siskins arrived in the walnut tree.

siskins in walnut tree

They were reluctant to descend to my level though…

lone siskin

…and it took them ten minutes to lower themselves to the feeder in any numbers.

siskin arriving

But once they had started, they took it seriously…

siskin quarrel

…and soon we had a full house with a queue.

sis siskins

The rain had stopped by now, so I thought that I would test the state of my health by going for a short walk.

It was still pretty gloomy and I don’t think that the helicopter would have been visiting the pylons today, as the pylons had their heads in the low clouds.

clouds over pylons

I did see a dipper as I crossed the Langholm Bridge…

dipper swimming

…but it lived up to its name and dipped under water and disappeared before I could get a good shot.

There were no ducks or gulls at all to be seen at the Meeting of the Waters…

timpen in cloud

…so I took a picture of the part of the Jubilee Bridge  that can be seen in the winter…

jubilee bridge

…and some lichen on the parapet of the Sawmill Brig…

lichen on sawmill bridge

…and strolled up the Lodge  Walks.

It wasn’t a day for photographs and I was trying to keep my head steady so I didn’t look around a lot, but when I got to Holmhead, I could hardly miss the early promise of a really good show of snowdrops to come.

snowdrops january holmhead

There were people shooting pheasants nearby but they missed me and I walked on round the pheasant hatchery.

There were no views available.

mist on hills

I did have to pause for a moment on my walk but as the Duchess had kindly caused a bridge to be built at that exact spot, I had something solid to lean against, and I was soon on my way again.  In the end, I put two miles in and enjoyed the fresh, if damp air.

As I had my camera in pocket when I got home, I took a quick walk round the garden.

The first daffodil is definitely out.  The others are nowhere near as advanced so why this one has got so far ahead is a bit of a mystery.  I haven’t taken a picture of a daffodil in flower in the garden in January very often before.

open daffodil january

The hellebores are showing promise.


Mrs Tootlepedal had a meeting regarding the proposed community land purchase in the afternoon which took some time so I had a quiet sit down while I waited for her to return.

We had a light evening meal and then opened a bottle of economically priced fizzy wine when Mike and Alison came round.  We drank a sombre toast to the future and then Alison and I played an enjoyable selection of undemanding pieces, selected carefully not to make me dizzy.  They went well.

Next time Mike and Alison arrive, we will be a lonely island state at the mercy of the buffeting winds of global trade.  We hope that they blow in a more friendly way than the winds that have been buffeting Langholm over recent days.

A flying chaffinch at least helped me out.  This is the last united European flying bird of the day.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “Slow progress

  1. I’ve been sad to read about Brexit today. It seems like such a bad move.

    The snow drops are so beautiful even in such dark weather. Glad you were allowed out for a little walk!

  2. Glad to see you got out for a walk today. It looks like winter is slowly giving way to spring there. I enjoyed seeing busy feeders as well. How is your dunnock population faring?

  3. I was listening to an interview today with someone from the EU who’d been living in Britain for about 20 years without applying for citizenship. She was doing so now, along with lots of other requisite paperwork, but said that she knew of many people in her position who thought they didn’t have to do anything to stay in Britain, simply because of how long ago they’d moved there. She was very concerned about how the lack of clear communication was going to affect people.

    On a brighter note, the view of the Jubilee Bridge is very, very pretty. And – you had a steady walk – yippee!

    1. The lack of communication stems from the fact that no-one in the government is prepared to say what is actually going to happen or even what they want to happen.

  4. I’m glad the dizziness has eased. The snowdrops alone were worth going out for.
    It’s nice to see a daffodil too, no matter how slowly it opens.
    My favorites are the hellebores. It’ll be nice to see them blooming again.

  5. Maybe you swooned a bit after seeing all those lovely birds in the garden and the beautiful bed of snowdrops… views like that can take ones breath away!

  6. From over here I cant quite fathom the whole Brexit thing. Hope its been a case of “so far, so good ” for you and yours. I like the sound of a corner shop(even if itsnot on a corner) that stocks eclairs!

    1. The eclairs only turn up on a Friday so you have to remember that and get in quickly. I can’t quite fathom the Brexit thing but we will just have to wait and see now. I only hope that it doesn’t cause too much disruption in the rest of Europe as it is nobody’s interest to have our largest market disrupted.

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