Tea cake time

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent, Venetia.  It shows a view of her garden from an upstairs room.  She tells me that her grass is left long to encourage wildlife and it has been sown with wildflowers which she hopes will appear later in the year.

venetia's garden

After yesterday’s glorious warm weather, it rained overnight and today was colder and even windier at times than yesterday.  But it didn’t rain.

This didn’t discourage the tadpoles who are now into independent swimming.

tadpoles on lily leaf

The tulips weren’t very keen on opening wide though, but they still added interest to the garden along with a very pale fritillary…

six garden flowers

…while pulmonaria, lamium and berberis added more discreet colour.

We had a leisurely morning with a little sporadic gardening and time to watch birds, sometimes through the window, sometimes in the garden…

chaffinch, blackbird, sparrows, bee

…and sometimes while sitting in the warmth of the greenhouse like these two sparrows on the fence. Mrs Tootlepedal spotted the bee on the rosemary while we were in there too.

After some lawn edging, time wasting, music making, cooking, laughing at a poem which my friend the cello playing Mike had sent me and looking at promising tulips…

new tulip

…I went out for a late afternoon permitted walk.

The river is exceedingly low after weeks with little or no rain….

esk very low april

…but no one is currently wishing for more rain after February’s exceptional rainfall.  Or at least, not out loud.

I walked through the town and then up the Kirk Wynd and onto the golf course.  It is a good golf course because if you are playing badly, which I almost always was, there is a selection of fine views to take your mind off your foozled shots.

view f Potholm Hill ridge

The greens are getting some green back onto them after the greenkeeper’s dramatic treatment, and as there are no golfers on it, the course is looking very well maintained.

golf course green

I enjoyed a final view from the course…

view up ewes from golf course

…and walked out onto the open hill, passing gorse, lichen and fresh hawthorn leaves on my way.

lichen gorse hawthorn

From Whita Well, I followed the track along the contour of the hill.  It was a lovely day, although I couldn’t see the Lake District hills as the Solway plain was covered in mist.

track toi quarry

The lovely day got a little less lovely as I went along the track because the sunshine retreated up the valley….sunshine up the valley

…thanks to this annoying cloud which hovered straight above me, leaving sunshine to both the north and the south.

clouds over whits

Dropscone had been this way on a walk lately, and he told me that he would have sent me an arty picture of a pylon if only he had remembered to take his camera with him.

So this is for him.

whita pylon square

And this one too, as I didn’t know which angle he would have chosen.

whita pylonn diagonal

Looking  south from the pylon, I could only just make out the windfarm at Gretna which shows how hazy it was down there.

gretna windfarm from whita

That dark cloud over my head was soon blown away though, and I walked back down the hill  in glorious sunshine again as i went through a little birch wood that has grown up in recent years…

birch wood on Whita

..and the sun lit up the floor of the wood as I joined the main track back to the Round House and Langholm.

jenyy noble's wood

I turned down the opportunity of a sit down on the bench at the Round House…

roundhouse bench

…and walked down the track that goes through the little oak wood…

oaks below round house

…past this fine tree…

oak tree longwood

…and ontothe old railway line.  I got to the path that leads steeply down to the road at Skippers Bridge…

steps down walk 7

…and the bridge drew me into yet another photograph.

skippers bridge april

At this stage, I realised that I was going to be late for tea if I didn’t get a move on so I got a move on.

The tea arrived on the table just as I arrived home.

At about three and a half miles, it was another walk which packed a lot of variety into a short outing.

During the afternoon, I had prepared the dough for a set of lockdown teacakes. The supply of ginger biscuits has run out and we need something to cheer us up in these troubled times.

They went in the oven after our evening meal and came out looking like this.

lockdown tea cakes

We test drove one or two and they seemed pretty cheerful to us.

The flying bird of the day is a starling, whisking across the garden in the strong wind this afternoon. (Too fast for my camera.)

flying starling


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “Tea cake time

  1. The tadpoles look nice and healthy. I enjoy seeing their progress along with the spring flowers, moss, lichens, birds and bees. My rosemary has buds, but not bloomed just yet. Quite a variety in passing clouds and and sun at this time of year. Those big clouds can be quite annoying at times, but make wonderful photos with the interplay of shadows and light. Looks like a nice day for a walk there, and the old gnarly trees show quite a bit of personality in their bare branches.

    The tea cakes look good. Is Mrs. T doing any embroidery these days? I would love to see some more of her work.

    Not quite as sunny here as the forecasters projected for today, but reasonably warm for this time of year. I’ll take it. 🙂

  2. Your pictorial views of today’s walk were almost as good as being there in person👍
    That’s a cracking rack of tea cakes,with nice shiny tops adding to the appeal.
    I made a couple of our favourite lemon meringue pies today which are actually quite tricky and time consuming to make,although time isn’t an issue atm.
    Stay safe up there.

  3. All your posts are such a delight, especially during these stressful lock-down times. Being alone in a city and surrounded by mostly concrete jungle on all sides, your pictures come as a respite.

  4. Teacakes and the bridge both great photos. You have wonderful views on your walks. The artistic pylon shots are great.

  5. Beautiful glaze on those teacakes. That is quite a narrow little trail with the low handrails. I think I’d feel a bit dizzy! I’m glad you got some cheering sunshine after that cloud went away.

  6. I hope you send a picture of the wildflowers in bloom, Venetia! Lovely bare trees, and very tasty looking tea cakes. Do you glaze them with honey?

    p.s. thank you so much for your ongoing bit of normalcy in our very skewed world, Tom

  7. Love the little tracks with their shadows leading down into the magic wood…I’ve just remembered The Magic Far Away tree- my children’s favourite! Sorry…I digress…Pylon photos very artistic but nothing beats a photo of Skippers Bridge…well maybe that photo of delicious looking teacakes….good enough to eat!

  8. Pylon shots are very artistic, and the teacake photos are excellent. Landscape and art is all very well, but a photograph of a well-glazed teacake will always triumph. 🙂

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