Today’s guest picture is a lovely study of a heron in the pond at Myatt’s Fields in London. It was taken by our daughter Annie.
We had another fine and sunny day, both here and when I got to Edinburgh. It was a bit too chilly for cycling in the morning so I went for a quick walk round three bridges while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to an interesting meeting which lasted all day.
You wouldn’t know that we have just had two weeks of storms.
An oyster catcher had taken over the fence post duty from the gulls.
I did see a grey wagtail at the Kilngreen but it was too quick for me and got away. I had to make do with a tree on the Castleholm which stood quietly and echoed the hill behind it quite neatly.
It was a lovely day for a walk (as long as you were well wrapped up as the wind was bitter).
I just had time for a coffee and a slice of toast after my walk and then it was time to drive to Lockerbie to catch the train to Edinburgh. It was nearly on time.
There are some fine views to had as the train goes through the hills on its way to Edinburgh.
When I got Edinburgh, I got off the train at Haymarket instead of going to Waverley as usual. I had a couple of hours to spare before Matilda got out of school so I walked from the station to the start of the Union Canal, stopping for a snack on the way.
The area round the canal basin has been ‘poshed up’ a lot…
…but some more traditional buildings can be seen further along the towpath.
This was my favourite spot on the whole walk. It was hard to believe that I was still in the centre of a city.
There were bridges to admire along the way, both metal…
…and mechanical. This is a lifting bridge near the canal basin.
The towpath was sometimes wide…
…and sometimes narrow…
..but mostly busy. Cyclists do not seem to have discovered the purpose of bicycle bells so it was nervous work from time to time.
I liked this rather desperate attempt to make a dull building more interesting by adding a portico and a palm tree. It didn’t convince.
I took many, many pictures and I hope to visit again in the not too distant future and show you some more of this pleasant place.
On my way to the canal and back, I passed along this splendid crescent. I lived in Edinburgh for five years but never went this way before. It is called Gardner’s Crescent..
…and it has a garden called Gardner’s Crescent Garden but the planting is not very interesting to say the least.
I got back to Haymarket and enjoyed a ride on the tram to the other end of Princes Street.
This was a great treat for me even though I had to buy a ticket because my bus pass doesn’t work on the tram. Perhaps this was why there was no shortage of empty seats.
I arrived at Matilda’s in time to welcome her back from her school day. She was in good form and told me that she had been learning the ‘banana hold’ at the judo club. We had a good time and after some energetic action with a hula hoop, we settled down to do a quiet jigsaw puzzle.
Alistair not only cooked a tasty lentil dahl for our tea but sorted out the coding problems on my Langholm Archive website. This is just the sort of son you want when computer problems loom and you are peckish after a good walk.
The train home was late but not by much and although I had to scrape ice off the car, the drive home went without any hiccups.
Mrs Tootlepedal reported that her meeting, which was to do with community land purchase in general not the Langholm buy out in particular, had been thoroughly worthwhile, so we had both had a good day.
I walked just under 20,000 steps according to my phone. It tends to exaggerate a bit but it was still a good day of exercise.
The flying birds of the day were seen at the canal basin and were strangely immobile even when I said “Boo!” to them.