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Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile, Tom.  He lives in South Africa and recently took the cable car up Table Mountain.  The composite picture shows the way up and the view down.

Table MountainOur dry spell continues but today was very grey from start to finish and there were even a few spots of rain in the morning just to keep us on our toes.

In the morning, I put a week and a half of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.  I should have done this last night but between Sandy being in Majorca and me going to watch Hamlet, my regular Thursday evening at the Archive Centre vanished.

When I finished, I filled our bird feeders.  The old feeder is still busy…

busy feeder…and there was a group of interested jackdaws on the ground below the new feeder on the lawn.

jackdawsThey were waiting for the right moment.

jackdawsMrs Tootlepedal cut some more of the apple tree down and then set about sawing some of the branches into logs for our stove.  I did some more sieving of compost because she is using a lot at the moment as she tidies and remodels flower beds as the season ends.

We have quite a good pile of logs now and I went round to Mike Tinker and borrowed his handy device for measuring the moisture in wood.  It told us that some of the pile is ready to burn which is good news.

We had intended to cycle down to the church at Canonbie and have a cup of tea and a scone there but the grey weather and the occasional spots of rain in the morning had made us rather wary about the trip.  In the end though, we plucked up our courage and set off.  It is only six and a half miles to Canonbie so we could easily come back if the weather took a turn for the worse.

I stopped at Byreburnfoot when another ‘flaming’ tree caught my eye.

Flaming tree ByreburnfootThe weather stayed fair until we got to Canonbie and the very reasonably priced tea and scone went down very well.

It was a different matter when we came out of the church, as a light drizzle was falling and we resigned ourselves to getting rather damp before we got home.

I stopped at Byreburnfoot again to take a look up river this time and even on a grey and damp day, the Esk looked good.

Byreburnfoot EskWe were lucky as exactly as I stopped to take the picture, the drizzle stopped too and we pedalled home untouched by rain again.

We stopped at the Hollows Bridge where a tree with a golden halo stood out.

Hollows BridgeThe digger in the bottom left of the picture was busy putting in an Archimedes screw for the mill.

Hollows MillUnfortunately, it is concealed behind foliage but you can just make out the green structure if you look with the eye of faith.

There is no getting away from the fact that we are getting deeper and deeper into Autumn now….

Irvine House…and as we bicycled up the old main road past Irvine House, we were pleased to be well wrapped up.

We enjoyed our ride though and Mrs Tootlepedal is always pleased if a cycle outing involves a visit to a cafe.

There is a lot of fungus about at the moment and I almost trod on this one when I stopped to take the shot at Byreburnfoot….

fungus…but the most that I have seen in one place were pointed out to me by Mrs Tootlepedal as we passed the church on our way home.

chestnut tree and fungusAlthough it was getting towards the evening when we got back, there was enough light to enjoy a quick tour of the garden flowers.

nasturtium, cosmos and marigold

Nasturtium, cosmos and marigold lighting up a gloomy day

The perennial nasturtium looks as though nothing will stop it continuing to flower.

tropaeolumAnd the poppies are still here.

poppypoppypoppyMike and Alison weren’t able to come round for their usual Friday night of music and conversation so we had a quiet night in, fortified by cauliflower cheese and apple pie.

The flying bird of the day is another beady eyed jackdaw.


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Another picture from Dropscone’s mountain adventure is the first guest picture of the day.  They had to climb up through a layer of cloud before they got into the sunshine.

ben nevisI have had to have two guest pictures today because my friend Bruce shared a steam train journey with the Queen on Wednesday when she formally opened the new Borders Railway and he sent me this picture of the driver, Jim Smith and his crew.

train driverCompared with mountaineering or hobnobbing with the royal family, we had a mundane day here today but it was warm and sunny so we weren’t complaining.

Mrs Tootlepedal started the day by going off to read for the recording of our local newspaper for blind subscribers and then devoted most of the rest of the day to serious gardening.  My contribution was sieving a few more buckets of compost to be added to the soil as she worked.

I took a few pictures while I was out there.

lilan austin and rambler

The roses are making the best of the sunny days.  Lilian Austin and some ramblers.

Lily and clematis

A lily and clematis from the back borders.

yellow crocosmia and mint

Yellow crocosmia and mint

A little robin was very interested in my compost work and as soon as I stopped, it darted into the pile in search of worms.

robinI kept on seeing robins and I can’t tell if they are different or the same bird.

robinsThe bird feeder was very busy again and chaffinches were deep in debate about whose turn it was.

chaffinchesIn the midst of all this, we managed to have lunch and then later on, we got out our bikes and pedalled the six miles down to Canonbie to have a cup of tea in the cafe in the church there.  There was a brisk wind in our faces but a sheltered road and the lure of a cup of tea meant that Mrs Tootlepedal maintained a sparkling pace and we got there in no time.

While we were in the cafe, we were approached by a farmer’s wife who told us about her great excitement in seeing an elephant hawkmoth caterpillar recently in her garden.  By a curious coincidence, when we got home I received a email from Mike Tinker’s daughter Liz,   enclosing a picture of an elephant hawkmoth caterpillar which had been spotted by her son William.  Here is the picture:

elephant hawkmoth caterpillar

You can see why they got so excited.

I had forgotten to take my phone with me on our bike ride so there were no photos to record it.  In order to get a little variety into this post, I went for a walk round the Kilngreen and across the Castleholm.  I enjoyed the gulls on the Kilngreen both high in the air….

gull…and coming in to land.

gullOn the Castleholm, trees are turning, some bit by bit….

Castleholm tree…and some all at once.

Castleholm treeI only saw one fungus of note.

fungusThe old Episcopal Church which has lately been used as a museum, is not in use at present but someone is looking after it.

church hingeI don’t know why.

My walk was uneventful but very pleasant in the warmth of the early evening.  The forecast is promising a change in the weather tomorrow, bringing our good spell to an end so I thought that this was a good way to have finished it off.  I crossed the Duchess Bridge….

Duchess Bridge…and made my way quietly home.

My favourite picture of the day was one of those where you see more than you bargained for when you look at the picture on the computer.  I was trying to catch the colourful lichen on the tree where my new feeder hangs….

lichen and insect…but as you can see, I caught an unidentified flying object too.

In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and Alison and I did some more work on our Telemann Partita.  Perfection is still just round the corner but as it is a beautiful set of arias, we don’t mind a small error or two while we learn.

The flying bird of the day is not one of those high flying gulls but a low flying chaffinch.


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