Surprise cows

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce He was in North Berwick on the east coast today as the sun set.

There was no sign of sun here today, and we woke to grey and wet weather. I spent some of the morning walking up to the town under my umbrella to do some shopping. Then I spent more of the morning walking up to the town under my umbrella to do more shopping for things that I had forgotten. This time I took my camera.

In between the two trips, I filled the feeder and stood back as the mad rush started.

Half the seed had gone in an hour.

A dove kept an eye on the proceedings.

It was a thoroughly miserable day, but it brightened up a bit when Mrs Tootlepedal inserted a new downlighter in the kitchen ceiling (the thing that I had forgotten on my first shopping trip). I couldn’t get an exact match for the old bulb, but this turned out to be a good as the new fitting is a bit brighter than the old one. This will enable us to read the papers over breakfast without straining our eyes. Like those rather irritating advertisements say, old eyes do need brighter lights.

After lunch, the rain kept falling, but I decided to put on my waterproof coat and trousers and go for a walk anyway. For some absurd reason, I chose a route that would take me up onto a ridge where I would be exposed to the worst of the weather. This so disconcerted the weather gods that they got distracted and turned the rain off as I went along the Baggra, past the High Mill Brig and up into the wood on the lower slopes of Castle Hill.

It was definitely damp under foot, but the view was much better than I had expected when I stopped to record hazel catkins and pixie cup lichens beside the track at the end of the trees.

I left the track, contoured round the hill and took the path up to the summit of Castle Hill, and then I walked along the ridge towards Potholm Hill.

I had encountered a friend when I was walking round Potholm a day or two ago who had walked along this ridge before we met. He told me that there were no cattle on the hill, so it came as a bit of a surprise to see cattle peering over the tussocks at me. I dropped off the ridge a bit, and walked round below them. They were unbothered by my presence, and grazed peacefully as I went by. I waited until I was well past them before I looked back with the camera well zoomed out.

It is a great ridge to walk along with good views even on a grey day.

I love this view of the main road north running alongside the Ewes Water. This is the road I follow when I cycle to Mosspaul.

There were no more cattle to negotiate, but I did hit another problem when my bootlace snapped and I had to stop for a repair. Luckily I was able to sit down on a broken wall which offered me not only a dry seat, but a library of lichens within a yard of where I was sitting.

As I came off the hill and down to the track back to Langholm, the light began to fade and a gentle drizzle started, so I kept my camera out of the wet except to take one picture to show the road home.

It was a great walk, even on a grey day, with a good selection of paths, tracks and open hillside. I hadn’t walked this particular combination before, and I was pleased to find that I had covered seven miles by the time that I got back into the garden. Once again, I was powered by oatmeal biscuits.

Mrs Tootlepedal had told me that the forsythia in the garden had come out, so I took a look before I went in.

The day was rounded off with the regular Zoom with my brother and sisters. As Mrs Tootlepedal is still recovering from her bad cold, my two older sisters have both got Covid, and my brother had just got soaked on his afternoon walk, it wasn’t the cheeriest Zoom that we have ever had, but no one is seriously ill, so we count our blessings.

The mince made a third appearance for our evening meal, this time in the form of a mild curry.

I started this post with Bruce’s picture of the sunset on the east coast, but we had a surprise sunset here in the west too, so I will finish the post with that.

The flying bird of the day is an excited siskin.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “Surprise cows

  1. Now knowing that Mary and Susan have Covid, I can think of few of my closest friends who have not recently had it. Thank goodness for the vaccines, which are keeping the illnesses mild.

  2. Another trip to the shops to get shoelaces?

    I’m sorry to hear that your sisters have Covid, and I second Musiewild’s cheer for vaccines.

  3. You have beautiful sunsets there. I’m going to have to spend more time outside in the evening and at dawn.
    That was a great walk with excellent views.
    I too am sorry to hear that your sisters have gotten covid. Hopefully it won’t be hard to bear.

  4. What a luscious sunset you have there from North Berwick!
    I’m sorry to see you seem to be getting more than your fair share of gray skies. Though I admire your clever success in fooling the weather gods. I very much enjoyed your slideshow taken on your walk. Your fields look so serene viewed from the hilltops.

    In the end your sunset is quite wonderful and cheerful. A perfect ending to a perfect day if seems.

  5. Beautiful, beautiful pictures of sunsets. What colors! So sorry to read your sisters have COVID. Unfortunately, it seems to be rearing its ugly head yet again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  6. A beautiful set of bookend sunsets from you and Bruce. The rolling nature of the your countryside is well demonstrated in your photos. A walkers paradise!

    Your forsythia is ahead of ours, but I am at least now seeing some blooming trees in the area. Osoberry is usually our first native shrub to bloom here. We have a few of those in the back lot, and I need to go have a look.

      1. “The Pacific coast tribes utilized its fruit, twigs, and bark, as food sources and for teas and medicine.[9] It is one of the first tree-borne fruits to ripen in summer and as such was prized by indigenous peoples and wildlife alike. Fruiting is highly variable, with sunny locations producing more, as well as larger and sweeter fruits. The fruits can be eaten raw, or cooked when bitter; they tend to be somewhat astringent.[9]”

  7. Sorry to read about covid in the family. Muck spreading is going on around here too…helps clear the chest! Beautiful sunsets- hope you’ve seen some of the early orange sunrises from Sahara dust cloud. Great views across the countryside on your walk and good job the cows were well behaved!

  8. The sunsets are spectacular. I am glad the weather gods spared you for a splendid walk on a rainy day. How wonderful to know where you are in such a vast expanse. Unexpected cows notwithstanding.
    I hope your sisters and Mrs. T recover soon and stay well.

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