A timely reminder

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She is currently on holiday near Fort William in the Highlands, and found this very pretty bridge near the village where Mrs Tootlepedal and I lived when we first got married.

I emptied an inch of rain out of our rain gauge this morning, but fortunately it had stopped raining by the time that we got up, and we enjoyed a dry day here, with some sun later on.

After breakfast, I filled the feeder and then did some archive work. It didn’t take long for goldfinches to get to the seed, while chaffinches tried to get a look in too.

In the end, there was room for all.

Sandy came round for coffee. He has booked a room for us to hold the first camera club meeting since the lockdowns. I have sent out an email to members, and now we can only wait to see how many turn up in October. We all should have plenty of photos to show.

Sandy was quite cheerful because he has been able to do a bit of gentle walking lately. He was going to take a roundabout route home after coffee.

Margaret also came round, but she and Mrs Tootlepedal watched royal affairs on the telly and didn’t join us.

Sandy and I also looked at a computer problem uploading material to the Archive website before he went, and by the time that I had gone to the corner shop, it was after midday when I got out into the garden.

Dahlias had waited patiently for me.

There were not so many butterflies about today in the cloudy weather, but there were some, and there were plenty of other insects and signs of insects in general . . .

I paid particular attention to a fly with striking eyebrows on the astrantia.

I was surprised to see that very wet petals had not put a bee off from visiting a nasturtium.

Mrs Tootlepedal came out to join me and we were impressed by how golden the golden box ball at the end of the lawn is. It shone out in the slightly gloomy conditions.

At the end of the middle lawn, new day lilies have decided that this is their moment.

My butterfly of the day is a small tortoiseshell on the white buddleia in the vegetable garden.

We went in for lunch.

After lunch, I had another look at the birds. A pigeon was keeping an eye on things on the ground . . .

. . . and greenfinches had taken over the feeder itself.

As you can see from the greenfinch pictures, the day had brightened up a lot by this time so I got my e-bike out and went for a pedal.

I was glad that I had taken my e-bike as it turned out that the wind was pretty brisk and I had chosen a hilly route. There has been enough rain now for some of it to start running off the hills, and there was water running across the road from poor drainage at points. I stopped to look at the little cascade near Wauchope Schoolhouse and found a good flow.

The rosebay willowherb has largely gone to seed now . . .

. . . and there were times in the brisk wind when it felt as though I was passing through light snow as the seeds drifted across the road.

It was a lovely day for a pedal . . .

. . . whichever way I looked.

At Tundergarth School, I took the road that climbs out of the valley of the Water of Milk and at the top of the hill, I looked back northwards. . .

. . . and then, a couple of hundred yards further on, I was able to look forward to the south across the Solway plain.

I didn’t have the right camera with me for these views and the light wasn’t helpful, but I can tell you that they give a lift to the spirit when you see them in real life.

The lift to the spirit may be enhanced by the knowledge that the next four miles are downhill and hardly any pedalling will be required. I did stop for a view of the reservoir near Middlebie. I would like to find out where the access road to it is and pay it a visit.

When I got to the bottom of the hill at Eaglesfield, I was on flatter country now, and with the brisk wind behind, I was cruising along without much need for electrical assistance. All was well with the world.

I was considering what route I should take home when I stopped for a snack and took a rather dull picture to send to the family WhatsApp group . . .

. . . entitled ‘A fine day and quiet roads’. I had just taken a picture of some friendly sheep . . .

. . . when I noticed a message on my phone. It was an enquiry from my younger son as to whether I was ready for a Zoom recorder lesson with my granddaughter Matilda in half an hour. I had forgotten all about it!

I was twelve miles from home by the quickest route so there was no more route choice. It was all systems go and full ahead. I used electrical assistance unsparingly to sweep me over the hills, and whirled my legs round like a Catherine wheel at a fireworks display on the downhill sections and managed to average 17 mph for the return journey. Matilda had kindly waited for me and we had a good lesson.

Mrs Tootlepedal took over the Zoom for a chat with Alistair and Matilda and I had a moment to get my breath back before the regular Zoom with my brother and sisters. Two of my sisters and my brother are on holiday in Scarborough for a day or two, and we got a splendid photographic tour of Castle Howard as part of the meeting.

All this was quite enough excitement for the day. The flying birds of the day are two rather blurred goldfinches having an argument.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

20 thoughts on “A timely reminder

  1. I have caught up! Quite shockingly I had fallen two months behind when I thought it was just a month. Work difficulties have had me preoccupied this summer. It was a real treat and good for the soul to spend the afternoon in your world.

  2. My guess is you’ll have lots of people and more photos than you know what to do with at the camera club meeting.

  3. Quite the busy day…again! Really glad you stopped to take those lovely photos of the views on your cycle ride. Good to see more insects on the flowers.

  4. I enjoyed the all photos from your day. The views were beautiful, even if it was not the best camera for them.

    You are getting daylily blooms in September? are they the reblooming variety. I have reblooming irises and dayliles, but neither one reblooms.

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