A good deal of to-ing and fro-ing

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz. She came across some very colourful fungus on her walk today.

With high pressure settled over us, we had another quiet and chilly day here today. There was no sun about and as a result there was no mist either.

It was too chilly to make cycling attractive after breakfast so I spent some time watching the birds, and unlike recent days, there were quite a few birds to watch.

A goldfinch showed off its lovely wing colours…

…and a robin perched on a pile of earth under the feeder.

I went upstairs to look down from an upper window and got a different angle on chaffinches arriving…

…and hovering…

…while a blue tit added a dash of colour to the proceedings.

Mrs Tootlepedal went out for socially distanced coffee today so I was left on my own, and after a stroll to the shop, I went off on a walk to check on the repairs to the road past Skippers Bridge.

I stopped for fungus on my way and a closer look showed that it is more furry than it seems at first sight.

I had my new phone with me and tried out the camera on it. I thought that it did well at a general picture of the Beechy Plains…

…and its macro function was useful for these ash buds.

The road had been repaired very neatly…

…and I walked along it with great confidence! It is probable that the damage to it was caused by quarry lorries taking material to repair the big landslip further up the road, so it is to be hoped that no further damage has been caused by lorries bringing in the material for this repair.

I walked on along the road and then turned off to the track up to the old oak woods….

…where I was happy to stop for a breather after a short but very steep little climb up from the old railway.

I took the track towards the Round House and tried another couple of pictures with my phone to see how it would do in fairly low light in the woods.

I was impressed. I can imagine going for a walk and leaving my pocket camera behind (though as I am a belt and braces man by nature, I probably won’t).

I didn’t get as far as the Round House but turned onto the open hill and walked up to the stile across the wall below the quarry. There are steep bits on this track too so I stopped occasionally to admire the views and record things of interest on my way.

I used the phone to capture the stile…

…and my camera to capture a view of the town once I had got over the stile…

…and the last of the haws.

Most of our hills are rather smooth and grassy but there are occasional rocky patches and the phone recorded this one.

You might think that walking round Langholm is untrammelled bliss but after rainy spells, it can sometimes be a bit of a nightmare…

…and quite a lot of the track along the hill was like this. “Very clarty,” a man whom I met at the stile called it, and he was quite right.

If I had not had two good walking poles with me, I would have slipped over several times and come home with a very soggy bottom. As lovers of the Great British Bake Off will know, a soggy bottom is a thing to be avoided at all costs.

I got home in nice time for lunch with Mrs Tootlepedal. She had had a busy morning combining coffee with shopping.

After lunch, she went off again, this time on buy-out group business. After some indecisive dilly-dallying, I went out too. I took my bike for a short ride up and down the Wauchope road. I had left it too late to go round a circular route.

I was quite happy to pedal for an hour and do thirteen easy miles in that time. I stopped only once, just to show that I had been out. The two bowl shaped fungi beside the road at Springhill are still standing wonderfully upright, twenty three days after I first saw them…

…though the bigger one nearer the road has seen better days to say the least.

I had bought some cream on my morning shopping trip and when the time came (four o’clock, Mary Jo), I whipped some of it up and we added it to Mrs Tootlepedal’s birthday strawberry cake and ate it as a virtual cream tea. It was delicious.

Darkness had fallen by the time that tea and cake had gone, and the day ended with a sibling Zoom and an evening meal of baked potatoes and baked beans.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “A good deal of to-ing and fro-ing

  1. I’ve got to put a little more effort into getting a new phone. Yours is doing a great job, even with macros.
    That was a nice crop of fungi. I haven’t seen some of them.
    It’s always fun to see your robin. Nice of it to pose.

  2. The path through Beechy Plains looks like an interesting place to explore. Your new phone’s camera does seem to be a corker. Re. your feast at four: I’d be even less successful waiting until then if I knew whipped cream was in the offing – I’m always in a rush to support the dairy farmers!

    Our mild weather continues with a staggering high of 6ºC predicted for tomorrow. It’s distinctly odd for the end of November, but wonderful for walks on dry pavement.

  3. Your new phone camera looks like it does a decent job. A good day for a walk there, although I can see where vehicles have made muddy spots treacherous. I learned a new word, “clarty”. 🙂

    The feeders are as busy as an airport with takeoffs and landings.

    1. There has been a lot of action on the hills because of pylon maintenance but all the farmers use quad bikes and they make a mess of a soggy track too.

  4. You have given me a sharply photographed reminder that my phone is years overdue for replacement! Yours has given you some fine images.

  5. Four o clock, Mary Jo Bang? Is that the reference? I googled but did not have to Google for the Bake Off reference, which made me smile. Ok, what is this miraculous phone? You can see every leaf. My iPhone is so old that I read it was going to stop working with the internet this fall….but it didn’t stop. I was going to get a new one but the pandemic put a pause to that.

    1. Mary Jo, a long time reader, had posted a comment questioning the need to wait until four o’clock for tea. She is Canadian though which explains that.

  6. Great read again. That mobile phone of yours is doing the business, those pictures are excellent. All these fungus you see on your walks, there seems to be plenty of varieties. That rocky bit of the walk, looks like a depression in the ground where stone has been removed for building walls. We have them all over the place here in Wales, usually close to the build itself, like a farmhouse. Wales had a bad day at the office today, losing to the auld enemy England, but it wasn’t as bad a loss as we feared it would be. Cheers.

    1. I was sorry to read about the result as I was hoping for an upset. There is a biggish quarry just further along the hillside from the spot where I took the picture and the stone for building Langholm came from it.

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