Out of sync

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s walk today, and shows a sign of the times, a golf course with no golfers on it.

deserted golf course

Our slightly unsettling spell of dry and sunny weather continued.  The forecast says it may not rain until net Tuesday but, more importantly for me, it also says that the wind is going to drop on Thursday and make life easier for the elderly cyclist for a few days.

It was blowing extremely briskly again today, strong enough at times to blow things over in the garden to Mrs Tootlepedal’s annoyance.

Otherwise it was a normal lockdown day with a street coffee meeting and garden work (Mrs Tootlepedal) and garden wandering (me).

It is still the time of the tulips and here are more photographs of them as new ones arrived (top right and bottom left in the panel) and the light caught the older ones.

four tulip panel april

I like the variety of shapes and colours that Mrs Tootlepedal has got in the garden without going for extravagantly fancy varieties.

four tulip panel

Other things that made me stop and look were a white dicentra (not attracting bees today), a sparrow with its legs unfeasibly far back on its body, a bee on the lamium and a promising apple bud.

dicnetra, sparrow, apple blossom, bee

The bees are still going for the red dicentras and you can see both the damage that they cause when they drill through the flowers and a bee hard at work making a new hole.

damaged dicentra and bee

I wanted to make up a panel of new flowers, but I could only find three, so a poached egg flower, a Solomon’s Seal and a perennial wallflower are joined by a scilla which has lasted well.

poached egg, solomons seal, scilla and wallflower

I couldn’t pass the anemone by without looking at it closely.

anemone close up

Mrs Tootlepedal washed the greenhouse glass and I edged the lawn.

edged lawn

The attentive reader will notice that unlike the men who built our stone dykes on the hills, I don’t have a long piece of string to make a straight edge.  I like to think of it as artistic edging.

After lunch, I went for a walk.  On my alternating schedule of walk and cycle, it should have been a cycling day but with gusts of 30 mph, it was too windy for cycling enjoyment so I settled for foot power today.

There was a cloud in the sky…

cloud in the sky

…but in the brisk wind, it didn’t hang about and it was a perfect day for walking if you had the good sense to choose a sheltered route.  I did.

I checked out the bluebells but they still need a day or two (or three) to be at their best so I was quite happy to enjoy the sun and the new growth as I strolled along.

sunlit leaf

I went along the road to Broomholmshiels and as the dry weather has made the mossy wall along the road less productive than usual, I looked for other pleasures…

grass flowers

…on the way….

wall and trees broomholm road

…up the hill.

wild flower broonholm road

I was going to visit the bird hide to see if the larch wood had been cut down but I met Camera Club member Mairi on her way back from a good long walk, and she told me that the wood had gone.  She promised to send me a picture, so I didn’t feel the need to go up there myself and turned at Broomholmshiels to take the track through the woods back to Langholm.

I passed two lambs divided by an old mole hill…

lambs Broomholmshiels

…some vivid gorse, faintly smelling of coconut…

gorse Broomholmshiels

…and some blossom across a field…

blossom Broomholmshiels

…before coming to the the woods and plunging down this track into them.

track from Broomholmshiels

I had walked this way not long ago but it was no hardship to walk along the path again today, and more leaves had come out to make it seem new.

dry path

I was roared at by a Yellow Archangel as I came down Hallpath…

yellow lamium

…but I ignored it.

I thought that this picture summed up the day very well.

tree and blue sky

At just under 5 miles, this was quite long enough for me and I was very happy to sit down to a cup of tea and the last of the toasted tea cakes when I got home.  I might have had a ginger biscuit too.

My knees certainly noticed two walking days running, if you see what I mean, but as the wind is supposed to be just as strong again tomorrow, the bike might well remain in the garage for another day.

The flying bird of the day is a regulation chaffinch.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “Out of sync

  1. As you say,too windy for cycling today,though the forecast is for the winds to ease slightly on Thursday.
    It’s quite amazing how what were boggy tracks a few weeks back are now bone dry.
    It’s not that long ago we had severe flooding…strange times.

    1. Very strange. It would be ice to think that the present crisis might allow politicians and the people to reset their expectations in line with the need to do something urgently about climate change.

  2. The gorse is surprisingly fuzzy! It’s been stupidly windy around here lately as well, and I’ve been told that for some areas spring is late enough that it will delay seeding for at least three weeks, unfortunately.

    1. I have found that when you look really closely at any flower, in general it is a lot fuzzier than you would expect. It hasn’t been stupidly windy here, just annoyingly persistent and chilly. I am sorry about your wind.

  3. I’ve read that many bees will make holes in flowers to rob the nectar, even bumble and honey bees, but especially short tongued bees.
    I’d say the edge on that lawn is a good one. You’d never see the slight wave unless you looked over its length.
    Great shot of the gorse. I’ve never seen a photo of it up close.

  4. Yes, the edge on your bed is sharp! I’ve done mine with a string, but it looks nothing like yours. I’m curious about all the lovely paths and trails you photograph. Are these mostly on preserved public lands, or privately owned? They look wonderful. I just wonder how much use they get and who is responsible for their maintenance? Their history is intriguing.

    1. The land round us is almost all owned by one big landowner though that is changing as he sells bits off. In Scotland, the law states that anyone can walk anywhere they like over open ground or through woodlands as long as they don’t invade gardens or fields under cultivation. Good sense has to be used of course and by and large it is. It is a wonderful freedom, recently acquired, which we treasure greatly. This does not apply in the rest of the UK.

      1. Interesting. Thanks for explaining. The landholder has a significant holding and, hopefully, a land ethic conscience. 🤞

    1. and we (here in Germany) are thirsting for your rain. It is bone dry even if you dig down a foot or so. The drought has caused some severe forest fires already.

  5. I wish my daily walks consisted of the beauty and variety of yours! Regarding that sparrow that should be tilting onto its beak… great eye catching that picture, and I will be thinking over it most of the day. Such is daily life in lockdown that a bird with odd leg placement will have me puzzling!

  6. I think I’ve said it before but the colours and shapes of the tulips are just lovely. Great photo of the gorse and those little tracks through the woods with the shadows are just my favourites. That’s a happy flying chaffinch obviously enjoying this strange sunny weather!

  7. That’s an impressively long walk. It would be hard to find a place near me other than sidewalks, the highway, or the beach to take such a nice long walk. Someone has thought out your roads very well.

    I’ve been thinking of edging. You inspire me to think harder.

  8. I prefer Mrs T’s lovely garden (and yours) to a golf course any day. 😉 We were extremely pleased to get a bit of rain today. Hoping for more, but it doesn’t seem likely.

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