Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?

Today’s guest picture comes from my camera club friend Simon,  He too was in the hills yesterday, but in bigger hills than the ones that I visited.   He was skiing in France, the lucky chap.

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We had another beautiful morning here today and Mrs Tootlepedal had to go to a meeting so she couldn’t make the best of it.  I was able to go for a sort walk.

The crocuses beside the Ewes water are just beginning to make a show.  The sharp eyed reader will be able to see signs of frost on the grass in the shadow of some of the flowers,  It was sunny but it was cold.

kilngreen crocuses

I took a picture of a black headed gull on a fence post just to show the black head, a sure sign of spring.  I was interested when I looked at the photo to see that the gull has been ringed.

black headed gull with black head

The oyster catchers, who are quite fond of worms when they can’t catch an oyster, were trundling about in the field beside the river looking for helpful mole hills.

oyster catcher mole hill

A mallard took in some rays.

sunlit duck

Mr Grumpy was there too.  He was standing facing the sun and gently opening his wings to let the sun in.

heron spreading wings

Did I mention that it was quite chilly?  The fence post at the gate onto the Castleholm looked as though some paper shreddings had been sprinkled on it but a closer look showed that they were ice crystals.

ice on gatepost

I was able to lift my eyes to the hills where I had been walking yesterday and I wished that I had had time to walk there again today.

timen from castleholm

I enjoyed the sun and in spite of the ice crystals, it was a good to day to be out.

sunlit tree 1

The ground has dried out a bit after a few days without rain.

sunlit path castleholm

Birds were singing on every side but as usual when I looked up into the trees, I couldn’t see them

sunlit tree 2

Mrs Tootlepedal came home from her meeting soon after I got back and we had time for a quick cup of coffee before setting out to catch the Edinburgh train from Lockerbie.

The trains had been cancelled yesterday because a bird flew into the power lines and fused the system but they were running today and more or less on time.

The carriage windows hadn’t been washed recently but it was still possible to enjoy the view of the hills as we went north.

hills from train

We had a very good light lunch of poached eggs on muffins with a Hollandaise sauce when we got to Edinburgh .  Mrs Tootlepedal had extra smoked salmon with hers and I opted for the Ayshire bacon.

Because of the timetabled changes, we are having to catch an earlier train these days which cuts into the day, but the light lunch is a consolation and we also had time to visit Holyrood on our way down to Matilda’s.

We have been watching the renovation of this building near the palace with interest and we were rather disappointed to find that it has been turned into some upmarket B & B apartments rather than something more interesting.

b and b holyrood

We went next door and visited the Queen.  She wasn’t in her Gallery but many beautiful drawings by Leonard da Vinci were at home and we enjoyed looking at them a lot.

queens gallery

The gallery has an unusual set of door knobs.

queens gallery door handle

If the weather had been warmer we might have enjoyed a cup of tea at the palace.

palace tea room

As it was, we walked down to Matilda’s, stopping on the way so that Mrs Tootlepedal could visit a useful contact for her community land buy out group.  She never stops working.

We had a most enjoyable time at Matilda’s, chatting with her parents, watching her demonstrate her mastery of tap dancing, being shot at by bows and arrows and generally having fun.   Mrs Tootlepedal won the Pelmanism and Matilda won the Snap and I enjoyed my usual level of success.

The journey home went smoothly and as the temperature stayed just above freezing, there was no danger of ice on the road.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch, threading through the reflections on our window.

flying chaffinch with reflections

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?

  1. Looks cold and beautiful with all those ice crystals. So a bird took out the trains? I guess that is a mistake that poor fellow will not make again. Many years back I heard of a frog taking out a LORAN station back east by getting into the transmitter.

  2. I’m glad the sun is drying things out. It’s nice to see the birds and flowers sunning themselves.
    I think that’s a fine view out the carriage window. The hill almost looks like a volcano.
    Squirrels knock out power here quite regularly but I’m not sure about birds.

  3. I had to have a giggle when reading your description of the fun to be had at your granddaughter’s house! Being shot at by bows and arrows! Poor grandparents!
    I loved the ice crystals, the sun-bathing birds and the Edinburgh sights.

  4. Good to see a full frontal of Mr G and the birds soaking up the sunshine. I like the look of that renovated building and the Queen’s Gallery too. Such fun being a grandparent!

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