Sandy takes the cake

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Sandy. After some air fryer conversation over coffee today, he went home and cooked a cake in his. With excellent results. He says that it tastes as good as it looks.

After yesterday’s good weather, it was back to normal service with a grey and windy day here today. It kept dry though and I should have made better use of it than I did. Perhaps I was a bit tired after yesterday’s cycle ride, but apart from doing a couple of useful bits of Archive Group business on the computer, I idled the morning away. Some of that was in the company of Sandy who walked down to join us for coffee. Spurred on by his success, we will have to try cake making in our air fryer. Mrs Tootlepedal used it to make a slow cooked beef casserole today.

When Sandy left, I had a look at the birds, The seed was low and greenfinches were competing to get perches.

This led to some beak to beak confrontation among the greenfinches . . .

. . . and rude shouting at interloping sparrows.

A bird had to stay alert today.

I filled the feeder and had a walk round the garden. Sandy had remarked as he left after coffee that the garden was going over, and it undoubtedly is well past its best. There is still quite a lot to keep me and the occasional butterfly entertained though.

After lunch, I had another look at the birds and spotted a robin picking up seed . . .

. . . and found that sparrows had taken over from the greenfinches.

There was no brotherly love on show . . .

. . . so I averted my eyes and turned the camera on some salvias through the window instead.

We drove down to the Co-op to do some shopping and when we got back, I managed to fritter away some more time before getting organised to go for a walk. It was so late by this time that I was limited to just over an hour. I chose to check on the track up from the newly felled wood on the edge of the town.

The track was built for the timber extraction and has recently been narrowed. It was muddy in parts but generally good underfoot and I was soon was high up enough to first get a good view across the valley to Warbla . . .

. . . and then to look back over the town and the river.

I will go all the way along the track sometime soon I hope, but today, I left it at its highest point and took the walking path further up the hill to my favourite stile . . .

. . . from where I could see the golf course looking very green among the increasingly autumnal colours.

I walked along the track to Whita Well and the top of the golf course, passing this gaping mouth on the way.

I looked back at the trees in the valley . . .

. . . and kept my eyes open for fungi.

Once I got to the top of the golf course, I walked down the Kirk Wynd, looking out for flowers. I saw a few.

I had a bit of time in hand so instead of going straight down into the town, I stopped for a look over it . . .

. . . and then walked along Arkinholm Terrace and down the Kilngreen.

At the Kilngreen, I met two enterprising canoeists who were setting off to paddle down to Canonbie. They posed for a picture for me and then I shot them as they passed under the town bridge and went on their way.

I also got a glimpse of a dipper on the river bank while I was on the bridge . . .

. . . but I got into conversation with Jenny, the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve manager, and didn’t get a very good picture of it.

I got back from my walk in good time to join the regular Zoom with my brother and sisters and Mrs Tootlepedal.

The slow cooked beef casserole came out very well. It was a good complement to my rather slow cooked day.

The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “Sandy takes the cake

  1. Thanks for the robin photo!

    If you like cheesecake, a friend says her air fryer cheesecake is the best she’s ever made (and she’s a fabulous baker).

  2. Sandy’s cake is a good advertisement for the air fryer. It looks delicious.
    Enjoyed the pictures of your walk, especially the one with the stile.

  3. Yellow jelly fungi is considered one of the “winter fungi” here, so it tells me that you’ve been cooling off.
    I liked the views from the hill but the smiling robin and the intense blue of the salvia were my favorites.
    Sandy’s cake made me hungry. Luckily I didn’t have any cake here.

  4. I like the photos of the different views of your lovely town, the robin’s head and the colourful fungi. The cake looks lovely. Such photos tempt me to look again at an air fryer!

  5. The birds put on quite a show. The beak to beak wrestling over seed is a new one for me. It is wonderful you can catch all this activity on camera.

    Autumn looks like it is off to a good start from flower to fungus. Is the gaping mouth a split open puffball fungus that has released its spores?

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