Today’s guest picture is the third and last from Venetia’s recent walk. As well as the bridge and the lime kiln, she visited this attractive little harbour.
Looking at the forecast a few days ago, it seemed that today would be the best day of the week for a pedal. As it turned out, yesterday was that day, so I was a bit sorry that I hadn’t pedalled yesterday and walked today. It wasn’t that it was a bad day today, just that it was freezing when we got up, and it took the whole morning to get the temperature up to a level which was appropriate for old people pedalling.
We used the morning to go shopping at the Co-op, drink coffee and read the newspapers.
A robin posed for the camera, but before I could collect the camera and point it at the robin, the bird had flown. I watched dunnocks instead.
One pottered about under the feeder giving me a chance to take a couple of shots of it.
I caught a glimpse of a siskin later in the day, but our greenfinches and goldfinches have temporarily (I hope) disappeared, and almost all we are getting is chaffinches. We got them coming and going in a blur today. (The light was not very good this morning.)
A coal tit added a little variety, and it took the trouble to turn round to show me the seed that it had claimed.
After lunch, with the temperature at 5°C, I thought that there would be no danger of icy patches, so I put on as many layers as I could manage, and set off up the Wauchope road. Although it was theoretically 5°C, the weather website accurately told me that it was a ‘feels like 2°C day’ and I was glad to be well protected. I was even more glad of this when I rode into an outbreak of sleety rain. It didn’t take me long to revise my journey plans from going ten miles to Paddockhole and back to going three miles to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back.
However, a chink of light in the west gave me the hope that this might be a passing shower rather than the more persistent rain forecast for later, and by the time that I had got back to Langholm, the rain had stopped. I kept going and went back up the road to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back twice more, the first time in some lovely and unexpected low sunshine.
I saw this tree at Wauchope Schoolhouse three times, once in the rain, once in the sun . . .
. . . and once in shadow after the sun had gone down during my third tour.
I look upon this twenty mile bike ride as being my version of going to the gym, and I do it fairly frequently when the weather is unfriendly in the winter months. It gives me the option of cutting the ride short if the weather gets too nasty. Just having that option is usually enough to keep me going for the three laps. It has the advantage of being a pretty flat ride, and having no more than three and a bit miles of uphill before getting a rest with three and a bit miles of downhill back to the town.
I had a look round the garden when I got home, but the light had gone, and I had to use the flash to pick out a viburnum. At least nature had put some Christmas decorations up.
In spite of wearing two pairs of gloves and socks, I needed a shower when I got in to get my extremities warmed up.
In the evening, Sue, Susan and Jenny arrived, and we had a very pleasant time paying through some of the mound of recorder music that we have acquired. We are going to try to sort it into piles of ‘enjoyed it, play again’, ‘enjoyed it, needs practice’, ‘quite enjoyed it, might try it again’, and ‘didn’t enjoy that very much, don’t keep’. As we have ten boxes of quartets and we played about one half of one box tonight, this project will keep us occupied for some time.
We rounded off the session with tea and chocolate biscuits with Mrs Tootlepedal.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.