Today’s guest picture comes from Matilda. She is off school but obviously getting good art lessons at home.
Here, we had another dry day with a lot of thin cloud again. It did get slightly warmer in the afternoon and may well have got into double figures at last.
We are limited in what we can do and where we can go so my first activity was to walk round the garden and admire the primroses.
We are allowed a shopping trip so I cycled round to the corner shop and passed the oyster catchers on my way home. This one likes standing on one leg a lot.
Then I did a little compost sieving and followed that by making some potato soup for lunch, using chives from the garden for added flavour.
After lunch, it was time for garden action again. Mrs Tootlepedal was clearing out the old strawberry bed. We have decided that it makes more sense to buy the excellent strawberries produced by a local grower than use up a lot of space for a not very bountiful or tasty crop of our own.
I finished sieving the compost in Bin C and started turning out the contents of Bin B into Bin C. I am taking this in gentle stages and did about a third of the pile before hanging up my fork and going for a walk,
Apart from shopping, we are allowed one excursion for exercise each day, and as it was far too windy for comfortable cycling, a walk was the choice for today.
In decided to visit the top of Warbla and as I walked up the track from the park to the Stubholm, a ray of sunshine brightened the day…
…but it didn’t cut through the haze and the rest of the walk was pleasant enough but didn’t offer anything in the way of sunny views.
I saw horses…
…and the bench that my neighbour Liz likes to sit on when she takes her dog for a walk in the morning.
As I got near the top of Warbla, a gap in the cloud let the sun pick out this blasted tree…
…and when I got to the summit, I was able to take a quick shot over the town before the clouds began to close again.
I couldn’t stop on the summit as the wind threatened to blow me over the edge so I began to walk down the other side of the hill towards the cattle sheds which you can see below.
This was an adventurous route for an old man with dodgy knees, crossing rough ground and finding gaps in old walls…
…but fortunately there was a reassuring sign telling me that I was going in the right direction.
Just as I was getting towards the bottom of the hill, I saw a cloud of sheep ready to head upwards…
…so I had to make a diversion and was able to watch them heading uphill as I passed below them.
I came to Skippers Bridge and the water was low enough to let me take a picture from the upstream side….
…where I could enjoy the clear water splashing over the rocks…
…and get a good view of the old distillery building.
I walked home along the Murtholm. There are not a great many hazel catkins this year but one bush is doing very well and when I looked more closely, I could see that it also had a lot of female flowers on it. I have never seen three flowers together like this before.
The sheep were safely grazing…
…and I rounded off my walk by seeing a garden escape adding a little colour to the river bank above the Park Bridge.
When I got home, I saw the familiar pair of piebald jackdaws on the path beside the dam. It seems amazing that that prominent white feather has not fallen off.
I passed a family party of four on the hill and a lone dog walker on the flat during my walk so I reckon that it was isolated enough to be fine. If the weather stays good, I hope to have a cycle ride for my permitted excursion tomorrow.
Mrs Tootlepedal is crocheting a blanket to keep herself occupied during the shut in and I am waging a losing battle against my computer security suppliers which may well take me the rest of my life. We are both keeping busy.
The flying bird of the day is not flying. It is a jackdaw perching on the park wall.
For some not very clear reason, no birds are coming to the feeder at all at the moment so flying birds will be at a premium.