Treacle treat

Today’s guest picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal while on her cycle ride this afternoon. She passed the moorland wild goats grazing among the long grass .

We didn’t have any more frost last night, and we enjoyed a reasonably warm, reasonably calm day today. It was warm enough for coffee outside, and I was very happy to welcome Dropscone to the garden. As it was Friday, he brought a batch of the traditional Friday treacle scones with him, and it was just like old times. In return, he went away with a good supply of rhubarb, enough for a crumble or two.

He had been playing golf in a seniors tournament up the borders yesterday, and was quite pleased with his efforts. I am meaning to try a game or two of golf myself again this year, but I need to get my knee into better condition first.

I spent a fair bit of time today getting necessary stuff loaded on to my new computer and didn’t get a camera out until after lunch when I had a look at the feeder. There was a siskin looking for a fight there.

I went out into the garden and found a blackbird up above and another persistent pecker on the lawn.

While I was out, I looked at the flowers and found that nothing new had arrived. A tulip looked a bit sad…

…but the lady’s smock is well. It should be attracting butteflies but they are in very short supply at the moment.

Mrs Tootlepdal had to wait in for a telphone call and when it had finally come, we leapt into action. She combined shopping with an adventurous nine mile cycle ride round the back of Whita Hill, involving some steep hills, rough tracks and a ford, while I went for a tame outing round my familar Canonbie 20 miles crcuit.

It was a pleasant day for a ride, with occasional sunshine picking out parts of the country as I looked back down Wauchopedale.

I saw and heard curlews and lapwings as I cycled over the hill past the Bloch Farm but they were too quick for me and my camera.

I had to make do with a tree that was lying down for a rest. In spite of its very tenuous contact with the ground, it is still very much alive and has just come into leaf again.

When I got to the open country, I was impressed by the big sky on offer.

And I photographed a tree which has appeared in recent posts twice before. It was just about at its peak today.

The beech hedge has still got some way to go before it is fully out.

In the verges near the tree, I spotted a large number of geums…

…and a mystery plant. It looks very healthy, whatever it is.

When I came to the final hill down to the the main road, I looked across the river to the English side and noticed that there are still a lot of trees there waiting to produce their leaves.

Nearby, what looks at first sight to be a small lake is actually a sea of plastic used in growing maize.

I was enjoying myself in the better conditions, and was much more inclined to stop to look around than I have been on recent rides when I have been battling cold winds and trying to avoid rain.

There were blue and whitebells beside the river Esk at Canonbie…

…and I noticed that Hollows Tower is open to visitors again.

As I got nearer to home, there were black clouds over Whita…

…and I worried about Mrs Tootlepdal who was somewhere on the other side of the hill.

I did not need to have worried as the weather stayed dry and she arrived home shortly after I got back.

While I was waiting for her, I checked on the bluest flower in the garden…

…and a nearby clump of cowslips.

I went in to put the kettle on and look at the bird feede. A redpoll was in residence…

…and then I went out again to sit on the old bench with my camera in the hope that interesting birds would fly past me. In the absence of interesting birds, I took pictures of the trillum and berberis beside the bench.

I did see a blackbird with a worm…

…and a rook flew in, posed and flew out again.

The day ended with a sibling zoom and a dish of sausage stew. Any day that has treacle scones, a bicycle ride and sausage stew in it must be counted as a good day,

The flying bird of the day is a siskin.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

26 thoughts on “Treacle treat

  1. The recumbent tree that is still producing leaves is quite remarkable. Lovely leafy scenes today, as well as my favourite – a stone wall – thank you!

  2. Your world seems to be righting itself again; The Hollows Tower taking visitors, treacle scones (and Dropscone), talk of golf…could a trip to Edinburgh be in the near future?

  3. I’ve seen fallen trees doing just what that one is doing. It seems like they can still do well with only a third of their roots.
    The landscapes were beautiful.
    I didn’t know the bluebells came in different colors but I’m not surprised. I think many other wildflowers do the same.

  4. I like to see blue flowers and your bluest flower is lovely. Your mystery healthy plant looks very familiar but I cannot recall what it is or where I might have seen it. How good it is to read that you were able to savour the delights of Dropscone’s dropscones once again.

  5. Apart from the highlights already mentioned, I am taken aback to see maize being grown under cover (protection from weather / birds?) for here there are vast open fields of it. Instead, the fruit orchards often have similar covers over them. ‘Tis a funny world we live in.

  6. A full and enjoyable day for you both. I haven’t had a treacle scone, sausage stew or a bike ride for what seems ages now ( 12 weeks to be exact ). My lips are smacking and my legs aching to try them all. But, I had a much better day than the average of these past twelve weeks, yesterday. Th brace that I wear has been annoying me a lot, so I didn’t put it on. As long as I walk carefully and slowly I can move lots better, so much so, I was able to go to the local recycling centre at Ystalyfera and, guess what, recycle some stuff from the back garden and, also, do some shopping on my own. The builders fixed the couple of snags on our inside/outside dry space, a gazebo with a roof. We are pleased with the result. Despite my employers occupational health department recommending another review, wrt my return to work, in a months time, I am aiming to go back in a couple of weeks. I am getting too used to late mornings and the lack of discipline that is required when working. Plus, I don’t want my employers to decide they don’t need this ancient employee anymore. If I can manage another 18 months, I think that will be me for retirement. Cheers.

    1. I hope that you can manage to cope without getting too excited and setting your recovery back again. It sounds good that you were able to get out and about though. I hope that you get many days suitable for sitting out in your new gazebo with a roof.

      Keep safe and well.

  7. Sounds like an excellent day all round. Beautiful views across the fields towards the mountains with the stone walls, sheep and tired trees all adding that extra interest. The trillium look great as does the lithodora ( only know the name as I’ve got one…mine is very scraggy!) Life is certainly starting to chug into action with places opening up and treacle scone surprises….long may it last!

    1. The UK government is just considering whether to make a mess of things again which is bit worrying just when we have some light. A grandchild is booked to come and stay with us soon so we have fingers crossed.

      1. Really hope the visit takes place for you. I’m still holding my breath about our visit to Canada to see our grandchildren…who knows when …but thank goodness for Skype.

  8. It is good to hear that Dropscone scones are finding their way to the Tootlepedal residence again. I particularly enjoyed the wide views of the countryside today, as it gives a feel of the area round Langholm.

    Trees do seem to make it, at least for a while, after toppling. I remember when I was a child, exploring where the trees in a swampy area had been knocked down. The pools that formed where the roots had been were inhabited by many frogs and turtles.

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