Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Simon from Canonbie. His work has taken him to Athens where he found that they have got the builders in.
The forecast suggested that if I wanted to get any sort of bike ride in today, I would need to be up and about promptly. I was up and about fairly promptly but it was already drizzling. However, as things could only get worse, I put on my waterproof jacket and my waterproof overshoes, a very important part of the wet weather kit for cyclist as wet and cold feet make cycling unattractive. Then with the addition of a pair of waterproof gloves and a cap to keep the rain off my cycling specs, I set out to go round the Solwaybank windfarm route.
Needless to say, the drizzle soon fizzled out and I was able to stop and take a picture of the larches at Bigholms…
….looking like much a gloved hand coming out of a dark green sleeve to my way of thinking.
It soon started drizzling again and as it kept this up for the rest of the ride, I was very happy to be well protected against the elements.
There were a lot of quarry lorries on the Waterbeck road so I was glad when I turned off to Gair and headed up towards the windfarm.
I liked the way that this big beech hedge had been trimmed just far enough to let the traffic get a view round the corner ahead.
The cloud was so low that it wasn’t a great day for turbine watching…
To make up for the lack of exciting turbine views, I took in a gate a little bit further down the road…
…and then zoomed into the autumn colour beyond it.
The new forest track at the Kerr is coming along….
…and it looks as though some trees have been felled already. This is bad news, as it means that I might soon be meeting enormous timber lorries on the very narrow road back to Langholm, and the surface will get a bashing too so I will have to start looking out for potholes.
I noticed that fungus had appeared at a familiar fungus site along the road beside the Wauchope Water.
My waterproofs did their job very well, so in spite of going rather slowly thanks to an unhelpful cross wind in both directions, I enjoyed my outing. And I got back in time to have morning coffee. Mrs Tootlepedal had been doing more work on her slab project.
It was just as well that I did get up early as the the weather got steadily worse over the rest of the day. This siskin sums up the state of play quite well.
Not a lot of birds and a lot of rain.
The shortage of birds continued, perhaps because of another raid by the sparrowhawk which reduced the number of small birds in the garden again.
I spent some time finding a picture of one of our hills for the editor of our local paper. The hill is going to be heavily planted by a commercial forestry firm and she wanted a photo to illustrate how it is now. I sent her this one which I took earlier this month on a better day….
…and I shall be interested to see if it appears in the paper. The intention as I understand it is to plant almost all of the front of the hill with conifers but leave a clearing round the mast on the summit so that we will still be able to appreciate the views from the top of the hill.
The afternoon was spent comfortably watching the Vuelta with Mrs Tootlepedal. She combines watching the cycling with crochet work and has nearly finished her most recent blanket.
Although it was almost dark already by the time that the cycling finished, I sneaked out into the garden and took two flash photographs just to fill out today’s rather thin post.
I made a fruity malt loaf in the breadmaker and Mrs Tootlepedal produced potatoes and broccoli to go with a second helping of her slow cooked lamb stew, and that brought a quiet day to a close.
In the absence of any opportunity to catch a flying bird at all today, a resident robin is standing in.