Another autumnal walk

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. It shows a loaf of bread which he baked in his air fryer today. It is a versatile machine.

We had another very grey day here today, but once again with mild temperatures for the time of year. We found plenty to do in the way of having breakfast, reading the papers, and drinking coffee to while away the morning.

After an early lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Dumfries with a friend to see a multi media show about the geese that migrate to our area for the winter. I went over quite a lot of choir and church music before I put my head out of the back door. As it wasn’t raining, I went out and disposed of a large wheelbarrow load of dahlias and other flowers which had gone past their use by date and had been cleared out by Attila the Gardener yesterday. Not all the dahlias had fallen victim to the purge though.

Crown Princess Margareta and Special Grandma are showing good staying power too.

In general, the garden is looking quite tired, which is to be expected at this time of year, though the phacelias are behaving as if it is still high summer. They have been flowering since the beginning of July.

I had hoped to go for a cycle ride but I had left it late, the wind was quite strong, and the forecast held out the possibility of more rain. I decided that a walk would be a safer option.

I hadn’t made up my mind where I would go exactly, so I put on wellies and a rain jacket and set off more in hope than expectation. With low cloud and poor light, I kept my head down and looked around as I went along. There was moss and lichen on the park wall.

. . . and a lot of fungi on a fallen tree a little further on.

I went up the track towards Warbla but cut off before getting to the open ground to see if the path through the Kernigal wood had been cleared of fallen trees.

I immediately came across an enormous fungus which was collecting fallen leaves . . .

. . . and passed great sweeps of moss, which had fruiting bodies when examined closely.

When I got to the main track through the wood, I found that it was still blocked by fallen trees . . .

. . . and as I wasn’t in the mood for clambering and crouching, I turned up the banking to my right and crossed the fence where another fallen tree had created a gap for me and came out onto the open hill.

It looked as though it might rain, but it wasn’t actually raining so I headed up to the top of Warbla. The grass was well sprinkled with fungus . . .

. . . in a variety of colours (the red ones may be waxcaps)

. . . though what I thought was a very interesting one turned out to be a leaf.

The path took me on a direct route towards the top of the hill and I was happy to pause for a moment and look back at the way that I had come.

I also appreciated what looked like a sharp shower disappearing up the valley without raining on me.

In fact, I was very lucky as the next shower only subjected me to the lightest rainfall before it too pushed off . . .

. . . leaving me to make my way past the mast to the trig point in the dry.

It wasn’t a day for hanging about taking lovely landscapes, so I pressed on (slowly and carefully) down across the rough ground on the other side of the hill. I didn’t have my walking poles with me as I hadn’t envisaged going on this route when I set out, so I had to watch where I was putting my feet and only looked up every now and again. On one stop, I looked across the valley to Longwood where Mrs Tootlepedal walked a couple of days ago.

And a little further down the hill, I turned to look back over a plantation of young larches towards the town.

I made it down to the main road and Skippers Bridge without falling over which was a great triumph, but it had been hard work, so I abandoned any thoughts of extending my walk and took the direct route home along the riverside path.

This gave me a last opportunity to take a fungus photograph (possibly mica cap).

I added the nerines at the end of the drive to my collection of garden flower pictures when I got home . . .

. . . and had just made myself a cup of tea when Mrs Tootlepedal arrived back from her goose experience. She had enjoyed it a lot.

The clocks go back tonight so this is the last day of light early evenings. We will come home from the choir in the dusk tomorrow. I will have to start thinking of early lunches or morning cycle rides and walks.

For some reason, the bird feeder was very quiet and I didn’t see any flying birds of the day at all today. I did manage to catch four sitting birds on one occasion when I looked out of the window, They will have to do.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “Another autumnal walk

  1. Langholm is as beautiful in autumn rain as in summer sunshine. That is a nice selection of fungi, mosses and lichens, and your nerines are still looking vibrant.

    That is quite a walk up the hill, then looking back at the town below. You are having some fine fungal weather, and we have had the same. I have been able to get chanterelles from my licensed mushroom hunter friend at market. I should also check on my patch of cladonia growing on the old black locust stump. It may take a few more rains to fully refresh it, as it is in a summer sun-blasted location. It was unhappy looking in late summer.

    Tony’s loaf of bread looks well made and very tasty.

    1. He had it make and knead the dough before putting in the cooker. My bread making machine does all that for me. It may make bread making a bit soulless but it only takes two minutes to prepare a loaf for the machine so that is very useful time saving.

  2. Your larches are always so beautiful at this time of year.
    The mica caps caught my eye. I’ve never seen them.
    I’m glad the heavy rains let you be. Nature bloggers might get used to being out in any kind of weather but that doesn’t mean we laugh all the way through it.

      1. Yes, there are some quite unexplained things in the garden this year. We had a long dry chilly spring with very few pollinators about which we think had an effect later in the year.

  3. I like the views over the town with the larches in the foreground and the rain clouds in the valley. They are all quite atmospheric ! Brilliant dahlia and fungi photos too.

  4. Phenomenal fungi. I like the views looking back on the town in all their cloudiness. And all your still-blooming flowers never cease to amaze.

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