Some disapointments

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew.  His walking group took him on an eight mile  hilly and windy walk near Ashbourne.  As an additional hazard, he had to cross this very narrow bridge.

A windy walk near Ashbourne

After a night when my sleep was often interrupted by the theatrical sighing and moaning of the wind round the house, we woke to another grey and windy day.  Mrs Tootlepedal was up and about early on, as she and her co-worker Margaret were (wo)manning a stall at the Producers’ Market in the Buccleuch Centre as part of the public consultation on the proposed purchase of the Langholm Moor.

She and Margaret had a very good day, enrolling considerable support for the project and having interesting conversations with interested people.

I went along later to buy honey, venison, fish and lamb.  I got the fish and some lamb for the slow cooker but the honey man and venison lady were not at the market, one through the illness of his wife and the other because she was too busy selling venison elsewhere.

This was a disappointment as the local honey is very tasty and the venison goes very well in the slow cooker.

I was perked up by the sight of an apparently well stocked cheese stall from a new supplier but then was dashed to find that it was all basically one sort of cheese but with many different things stuck in it.  I am not a fan of ‘cheese with bits’, being of the opinion that nothing can improve good cheese.  I bought a portion of his cheese without bits but as I thought that it was a little dull, I could see why he thought that it might be a good idea to put things in it.

When I got home, I had a coffee and did the crossword.  It told me that there was a 95% chance of heavy rain all afternoon so I went out while it was still dry.

In the garden I saw an early harbinger of many crocuses to come, the sarcococca….

crocus, sarcoccoca, rhubarb and rain gauge

….an indication of why everything is so soggy and an exciting hint of many crumbles to come.

Then  I went for a walk.

There were very few birds in the garden but when I left the house, I saw a blackbird having a bath in the dam…

blackbird bathing

…and when I got to the park, I saw a jackdaw on the wall…

jackdaw on park wall

…and another on a bench.

jackdaw on park bench

I often take pictures of individual lichens on walls but I thought that this corner of the Kirk wall deserved a picture of its own as it would be hard to find a stone with more lichen on than this.

lichen on church wall

I have taken pictures of the park monsters before but I don’t think that I have shown how they are cleverly carved out of two branches of a fallen tree.

park monsters

Looking at the bank behind the monsters, it seems probable that it won’t belong before more trees fall down beside them.

dangerous bank at park

Mrs Tootlepedal doesn’t like to walk along the riverside path here because of the instability of the banking.  There are always little landslips going on and some of the trees look quite alarming.

dangerous tree Eastons

I like the walk, in spite of the conditions, because there is always plenty to look at as you go along.

moss and lichen eastons

I could even see the tops of the hills today as I walked back along the top track.

view of castle Hill from stubholm

My short walk brought me back down to the park and the wall was as full of fun as it always is.

lichen, spleenwort, moss park wall

While I had been walking along the river, the peace of the day was disturbed by the raucous calls of a pair of oyster catchers, the first I have heard this year, so instead of going straight home, I walked along the river to see if I could catch them at rest.

They were nowhere to be seen, so I settled for catching a very fine birch polypore on a tall tree stump in Mary Street.

birch polypore

It wasn’t hard to find as the whole stump was covered in them.

fungus on birch stump Mary St

I decided to call in at the Buccleuch Centre to see how Mrs Tootlepedal and Margaret were doing, and found them just ready to pack up  after a good morning’s work.  I was admiring some excellent woodwork on a stall when Mrs Tootlepedal turned up and bought a robin bird box.  Or to be more precise, she pointed it out and I bought it.  It will be interesting to see if our robin takes to it.

Mrs Tootlepedal gave me a lift home and I had some haggis for my lunch while she went for a pulled pork and chicken pie, both purchased from the market.

I took a picture of this very unusual house next to the Centre.  Langholm goes in for grey stone with the occasional white or grey rendered walls so this house really stands out.

BLUE HOUSE

Once home, I settled down, prepared for a very rainy afternoon alleviated by watching international rugby matches.

This was not a great decision as the Wales-Italy game was rather boring and the Ireland-Scotland match was the usual crushing disappointment.  To make matters worse, it didn’t rain heavily, if at all, and at one  point there was even blue sky.  I would have been better off going for another walk.

blue sky

Still, I fried a nice fillet of sea bass for my tea and no day with a lot of lichen in it is a wasted day.  And I didn’t have a dizzy spell.  One of the credit side of the great ledger of life in spite of any disappointments.

There were a lot of rooks applying to fill the post of flying bird of the day.

flying rooks

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “Some disapointments

  1. I’m glad your disappointments were of the cheese variety and not from more dizziness.

    I would be terrified to cross that bridge.

    Do keep an eye and ear out for those tilted trees while you look at the moss and lichens!

    We’ve had quite a few big landslides closing roads in Washington state this past week.

    I remember in Coronation Street when the Duckworths got stone cladding and painted it blue 😀

    1. I certainly don’t linger too long on wet and windy days when I am on that walk. We have three landslides that have close our roads recently but none of them have caused any permanent damage.

  2. Glad to hear there were no dizzy spells today, and that you got out and about. The lichens, ferns and moss panels were among my favorites today, although the tree monster carvings were in close competition.

    I saw signs of our orange crocus coming up today. It was another rainy, cold day here.

  3. I like the tree monsters and I hope the carver will do more. I wish we had a carver who would do the same here.
    That moss in the lower right corner might be in the fissidens family.
    I like the shade of blue on that house but it says seashore to me.
    I’m glad the dizziness is still out of the picture. I hope more fluid intake helps.

  4. Im with you re cheese with bits but the thought of insipid cheese is even more repugnant! I hope the robin likes the new house. Glad the dizzy spells stayed away.

  5. Ah glad you told me how to make comments as I have to say I thought that cheese was absolutely delicious. Really fresh with a subtle flavour, that was the one with no ‘bits’ in it. Funny how people’s tastes can be so different. Needless to say I bought quite a lot of it! Lol

  6. I like that someone went to the time and trouble to carve the tree monsters, and also that they are being respected. Looking forward to seeing what a bird box for robins looks like!

  7. I do hope your robin moves into the new bird box quickly…last year our robin was turfed out of his box by the blue tits! Hope you can get some ‘proper’ cheese very soon …life without tasty cheese can be disappointing! I thought the Wales v Italy March was excellent!!!

  8. I hope your robin quickly takes ownership of his new box…last year blue tits turfed our robin out of his box …a homeless robin…very sad! Sad too about rugby Scotland but I’m very happy with Wales! Hope you can get some ‘proper’ cheese- it will cheer you up.

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