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My Somerset correspondent, Venetia was intrigued by this curious statue in Marseille on her recent visit.

marseille statue

I think it represents travellers who are just passing through!

The weather gods are rolling on the floor laughing at their own tremendous wit as they provided yet another 100% sunny day while I am still basically confined to barracks.  My leg is steadily progressing but not enough to allow either walking or cycling of more than a few hundred yards at best.   It was a day crying out for a walk in the hills.

As a result I was more than happy to welcome Sandy for a cup of coffee made from Thai coffee beans which he had been kind enough to bring back for me from his recent trip to Thailand.

While we were sipping and chatting, I wondered if I had seen an unusual visitor lurking in the plum tree.  It had gone by the time that we got up for a good look but later in the morning, I saw this…

blue tit with blue flower

…and when I looked again…

two treee sparrows

… it confirmed that we had not one but two tree sparrows in the garden  They are really attractive little birds….

tree sparrow in plum tree

…and I am always pleased to see them on the rare occasions when they visit us. We had one earlier this year and one last year and none (that I saw) in 2016 at all.

There were other small and attractive birds about too…

blue tit close up on fatballs

…and some larger ones.

stern jackdaw

I made lentil soup for lunch using green, brown and red lentils and enjoyed the result.  After lunch, I got the washing in and went for a short and gentle stroll round the garden.

After a genuinely frosty night, some things were looking very droopy…

soggy nasturtiums

…and bent….

collapsing delphinium

…and there wasn’t a leaf left on the walnut tree…

bare walnut tree

…but the daisies were unbowed ….

october daisies 29th

…and the Lilian Austin rose was glorious.

lilian austin 29 Ict

That cheered me up a lot.

Then I spent some unrewarding time at my computer and on the phone trying to contact firms that make it their speciality to be hard to contact.  I found an entirely new form of customer torture when I needed to log into my account for a product that I bought many years ago.  Of course I didn’t know my password and applied for a new one:  “Success!” the website crowed. ” Your link for a new password has been sent to your email address!”

Great…except it hadn’t been sent.

I filled in a contact form to tell them about this. “Thank you for your enquiry, ” the website said, “A copy of your enquiry has been emailed to your email address.”

Except it hadn’t.

I sometimes suspect that the smart people who who design this sort of thing are practising to be weather gods in a later reincarnation.

The day took a turn for the better when Luke appeared for his lesson and showed a big improvement in his counting skills.  Considering that we are doing some quite complicated counting, this was really encouraging.  Basically he doesn’t have a real lesson.  We just play duets and every now and again I say, “Do as I say and not as I do,” and he does it.

After tea, I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel and had a very enjoyable time indeed.

It was -1°C as I drove home.

The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.  (The tree sparrows were too quick for me.)

flying chaffinch

 

 

 

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Today’s guest picture shows a child friendly door that took Mary Jo’s fancy on her visit to Copenhagen.  Clever marketing.

copenhagen door

We could hardly believe it when we got another warm and pleasant day today.  It made cycling to church to sing in the choir a treat and gave us every incentive to get out in the garden when we got back.

Mrs Tootlepedal spent her time productively while I wandered around taking pictures.

Things are coming on.

Old friends are getting better…

cowslip

…and new ones are coming to join them.

primrose

Grape hyacinths are appearing everywhere…

muscari

..and the scillas are bunching up nicely.

scilla

We are getting nearer to peak daffodil each day…

daffodil

…and some flowers which have been modestly out for quite a bit in the chilly weather are throwing out more colour in the warmth.

primrose

primula

There are exciting hints of delights to come (though the magnolia is taking its time).

magnolia and tulip

…and some shrubs are showing colour too, like this spirea.

spirea

I had a lot of choice but this was my daffodil of the day.

daffodil

Putting down my camera, I picked up the lawn mower and gave some moss a fright.

lawn care

This was the first mowing of the reshaped middle lawn.  There is evidence of some grass growing on it which is a relief after a long, cold, damp spell when it looked as though it was going to be totally mossy.  There is a lot of work to be done before that one beautiful week in late June or early July when the currently speckled mossy area will look like a proper grassy lawn.  (It starts to go downhill again shortly afterwards.)

In the afternoon we combined some shopping, including getting some slabs for Mrs Tootlepedal’s new bench area, with singing with our Carlisle choir.  Our musical director, Andrew was back for the first time for a while and it was a treat to get the meticulous attention which he plays both to our singing and to the learning of new songs.

Just so that we didn’t get carried away, it was raining gently when we came out of the practice but it had stopped by the time that we got home and our warmer spell looks set to continue for a while at least.

In the gap between mowing the lawn and going to Carlisle, I had sardines on toast for my lunch and an opportunity to look out of the kitchen window.  The usual suspects were busy…

busy feeder

…and sometimes, very busy.

busy feeder

The redpolls have become a permanent fixture for a while at least, returning every day…

redpoll

…and I was particularly pleased to see a newcomer at the feeder today in the shape of a tree sparrow.

tree sparrow

I had been thinking only a day or two ago that it would be nice to see a tree sparrow and hey presto, one appeared.  Now I am thinking that it would be nice to win the lottery.

Any spare moments during the day were taken up by battling with an intransigent crossword puzzle.  In the end, I had to ring up my sister Mary to share notes on the more convoluted answers and between us we puzzled out the setter’s obscurities to our mutual satisfaction.

The flying bird of the day is one of our standard chaffinches.

flying chaffinch

 

 

 

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Today’s guest picture is another from our older son’s visit to Anstruther and shows that he took his friends with him.

Tony's dogs

Another of the regular Moorland bird feeders was away on holiday today so I had a second opportunity this week to act as a fill-in feeder filler so I went up after breakfast to do my duty.  If the weather is good, which it was today, the duty is also a pleasure as it gives me a chance to sit in the hide and watch the birds.  We are not feeding birds in the garden at present so it is an extra pleasure to do a little bird watching from the comfort of the hide.

I had a good variety of birds to watch today.  There was a host of siskins….

siskins

…but only one greenfinch and tree sparrow that I could  see.

tree sparrow and greenfinch

Either a jay paid several visits of several jays paid one visit each but one way or the other, there were plenty of opportunities for jay watching.  (I was hoping to get a shot of jay walking but alas, no.)

Jay

There were a very few blue and great tits about…

blue tit great tit

…but I didn’t see a coal tit today at all.

My chief entertainment came from some very obliging woodpeckers who came up close to the hide and stayed nice and still and sometimes even ‘watched the birdie’.

My Lumix was on its best behaviour after having refused to work at all and it came in handy.  (It knows that I have ordered a new camera. Too late now.)

greater spotted woodpecker

The one in the bottom left corner was the first arrival.  The other three pictures are all of another bird which arrived twenty minutes later.

After our recent warm weather, it was a lot cooler today and I began to feel a little chilly and left the woodpeckers to it and came home.

I had a cup of coffee, did the crossword and then went out into the garden to see what Mrs Tootlepedal was up to and to take a picture or two while I was out there.

Mrs Tootlepedal was busy planting out new flowers and I looked at some old friends.

Rosa Wren and Rosa Mundi

Rosa Wren and Rosa Mundi

A Rodgersia and a Spirea had a competition to see which could pack most flowers into the smallest space.

Rodgersia and Spirea

I think that the Rodgersia won

At lunchtime, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help out at the Buccleuch Centre which was putting on a show for children and I had some potato soup and cheese to get my strength up and went out and mowed the greenhouse grass and the drying green and then sieved some compost.

There was a lot of buzzing so I paused from time to time to look at the cotoneaster and the astrantia which are still attracting a lot of interest.

bees

Mrs Tootlepedal came back and got straight down to some more planting and tidying and I lent a hand and did some dead heading and tidying of my own.   I even did some weeding on the middle lawn.   The large amount of grass and flower pollen floating about at the moment is not helping my breathing so any work I do is done at a very gentle pace with regular visits indoors for a little rest.  Mrs Tootlepedal on the other hand just carries on regardless.  She is a human dynamo in the garden.

She notices things too and called my attention to a red admiral butterfly sunning itself on a path.

red admiral butterfly

Like the woodpeckers earlier in the day, it sat very still for its portrait.

red admiral butterfly

I love the little torches it has sticking out of its head.

I took a last set of flower pictures….

melancholy thistle

Melancholy thistle, Martagon Lily and just about the last pale blue Iris Siberica

…and then we went off shopping to stock up on food and supplies.  By great fortune, our food shopping managed to include some scones and clotted cream.  We are not quite certain how this happened but we managed to get rid of them when we got home by eating them with the recently made strawberry jam.  We haven’t had a cream tea for ages so this was a real treat.

I was considering an evening cycle ride in the hope that the wind, which had been boisterous all day, would have died down by then but the fresh wind persisted so I went for a walk instead.

It was a lovely evening as long as you could keep out of the wind.  I chose a sheltered route and enjoyed my stroll a great deal.

I divided my attention between things that were close….

slow worms at Pool Corner

A heap of slow worms at Pool Corner

yellow wild flower

I would welcome a suggestion as to what this pretty flower might be called

….things that were a bit further away…

A sandpiper on the Esk

A sandpiper on the Esk

Stables on the Stubholm

Stables on the Stubholm (Arty shot)

….something that was quite far away…

The round house seen from Easton's Walk

The round house seen from Easton’s Walk

…and some views.

Wauchope graveyard and Warbla in the background

Wauchope graveyard and Warbla in the background

Castle Hill

Castle Hill

Stubholm and Whita Hill

Stubholm House and Whita Hill

It was a much better choice than battering into a strong wind on my bike and getting depressed.

Mrs Tootlepedal had had her tea and was back out in the garden trimming hedges when I got home.

In a vain effort to improve my brain power, I had fish cakes for tea.  It hasn’t helped my typing.  I could get the blog done in half the time of i didn’t have to correct eevry other wird.

The flying bird of the day is the jay seen from a distance……

flying jay

…and I normally would have been quite happy to finish a post with it it but it is outshone today, in my view, by a relaxed greater spotted woodpecker.

greater spotted woodpecker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After yet another rather grey day, I have gone back to sunnier times for today’s guest picture.  It is from my sister Mary’s visits to Regents Park in London.

Regent's Park

It was noticeably colder today and this trend is set to continue as our weather will come from the north rather than the south in the next few days.  The uninviting conditions made me happy to accept the offer from Dropscone of scones to go with our morning coffee rather than get wrapped up for a chilly pedal.

I put out some pellets for the jackdaws while I was waiting.

jackdaws

The jackdaw on the left is saying, “I’m not really here,” but the jackdaw on the right doesn’t entirely believe this.

It was drizzling lightly when the scone bearer arrived but by the time that he left, it had cleared up and he went off to play golf in a hopeful frame of mind.

I looked out of the window.

goldfinch

I am keeping an eye on the goldfinch visitors.

The chaffinches were as busy as ever.

chaffinches

And we had two less frequent visitors as well.

collared dove

A collared dove. They have been dining elsewhere of late.

tree sparrow

A very occasional visitor. This is a tree sparrow.

The forecast was for occasional showers after lunch so I trusted to luck and set off for a walk, hoping to find a gap between the rainy occasions.

It started well.  I took a familiar route round the Castleholm because the combination of road and well maintained paths meant that great big waterproof boots would not be necessary.  I  kept up a brisk pace in the effort to use up a few calories.  I did have Pocketcam though with me so I stopped from time to time.

I was hoping to see the oyster mushrooms but someone had been out with a chainsaw at their tree stump and I had to make do with this instead.

felled tree

Perhaps the colouration in the centre of the trunk shows why this tree fell down.

The recent strong winds have had their effect and further up the lodge walk, the chain sawyer had been at work on a newly fallen tree.

fallen tree

The freshly sawn ends were surprisingly colourful.

The weather remained dry so when I got to the Lodge, I decided to extend my walk round the pheasant hatchery but the low road presented a problem for a man without great big waterproof boots….

pheasant hatchery

….so I took the high road.

I took a little diversion and  walked down to the river at the furthest point of my journey and there I saw a single fungus peeping over the top of a hollow tree stump.  A look round the back revealed that it had a lot of friends inside…..

fungi

…and round the base of the stump too.

fungi

I though that this frilly clump won the prize for elegance.

fungi

The river was gently full.

Esk

I resumed my circuit and noticed more fungus beside the path.

fungi

Some fresh and some old.

I met a neighbour out walking a dog and he commented on the calmness of the afternoon and and within minutes, Murphy’s Law had sprung into action as the temperature dropped, a vigorous and gusty wind appeared from nowhere and it started to rain.

There was more evidence of strong winds to be seen….

fallen branch

…as I scurried along but tucked into the shelter of two big oak trees there was a hardy survivor of the blast.

autumn leaves

I tucked Pocketcam into the shelter of my pocket as the rain continued to fall and made good speed home.

Rather annoyingly, the rain stopped as I got within 200 yards of the house but it gave me the opportunity to see the garden as passers by see it.  At this time of year, it is a green place.

garden

Although it was not very late, the light had gone and after a cup of tea and the last of the Chelsea buns, I improved the shining hour by practising both my flute and some singing….and putting another week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.

Mrs Tootlepedal, having finally finished taking up the old cork tiles in the bathroom, was busy putting down new tiles.  This requires very ingenious measuring and cutting to get round those awkward corners.  As the tiles come in sets which give her exactly the right number of tiles with no room for error, she was taking a great deal of care.

Later, we put some of our Charles Ross apples to good use and enjoyed baked apple and custard for our tea.

Sandy was away enjoying the fleshpots of Carlisle so I walked up to the Archive Centre by myself in the evening and did a little housekeeping.  The moon was out and the wind had dropped again so the walk up and back was very mellow for November.

The flying bird of the day qualifies as a flying bird by all of 5mm.

flying chaffinch

 

 

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Today’s guest picture is another cheerful  contrast from San Jose to our gloomy weather.  It was sent by Gavin and shows his granddaughter and a friend in a neighbour’s lovely garden.  The drawback is that he was told that it can cost up to $200 a month to water the garden in the summer months.

San JoseIt was very grey here today but at least it was dry when we got up and reasonably warm too.  After breakfast, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to Edinburgh to see Matilda.  She had another gift for her grand daughter in her bag.  Who knew that there was a black sheep in Shaun the Sheep’s family.

shaun mark 11The conditions didn’t look very inviting but I pulled myself together and set out to do three seven mile repetitions up to Wauchope School and back in the shortest time that I could manage.  I haven’t been pedalling too hard so far this year so I thought it was about time to put myself and the knee to work.

garmin stats 12 Mar 15The result was reasonably satisfactory.  The wind was a lot less strong that it has been recently and this let me get a steadier tempo going both uphill and down.  There is very little climb of note on the route so it was just a question of putting the head down, breathing heavily and trying not to cry.

I was diverted by passing (going the other way) not only Dropscone but also Scott, the minister, who had both got up earlier than me and were near the end of their respective rides.

I would like to be able to get the speed up to 15 mph before too long but I will have to get fitter first as the effort left me feeling quite tired for the rest of the day.

I was very pleased to have several visitors when I got home.  The first was a tree sparrow.

tree sparrow

Hard to believe but I am pretty sure that these are both the same bird

And the second was a redpoll practising looking severe (and succeeding).

redpollThey were followed  by Dropscone, Scott and Sandy.  We enjoyed a cup of coffee and a biscuit or two.  Dropscone had cycled 21 miles and the minister 26 miles while Sandy had been up to fill the Moorland bird feeders so there was a feeling all round that the coffee and biscuit were well earned.

Our usual avian visitors were as argumentative as ever.

siskin and chaffinchAfter lunch, I sat and tried to do the crossword but as I kept on falling asleep and dreaming about clues that weren’t there, I didn’t make much progress.  I stirred myself and di some singing practice until  Sandy came round by prior arrangement with a view to a walk.  It had started to rain in a determined sort of way so we decided that a walk was not on and instead we got into his car and went up to the Moorland Feeders’ hide where at least we would be dry.

Pretty well all of the seed that Sandy had put in the feeders in the morning had been eaten by the time that we got there.  That didn’t leave us with many birds to watch so I filled one feeder again and moved it and some peanuts up to near the hide.  We sat and waited to see what would happen.

It didn’t take long for the birds to notice and we were royally entertained for the next hour.

There were dancing displays by chaffinches…

chaffinches…massed great tits on the peanuts….

great tits…a pair of greenfinches causing the chaffinches to circle the feeder looking for a space where there were no greenfinches…

greenfinches and chaffinches…which was hard to find.  Greenfinches are quite dominating among the other finches.

greenfinches and chaffinchesWe were able to take some pictures in spite of the rain and gloom because the birds were so close to us but I had to put the the ISO up to 6400 which explains the rather fuzzy photos.  It was easier when the birds sat still.

chaffinchchaffinch

great tit and coal tit

These are a coal tit and a great tit

There were blue tits and dunnocks about too but they wouldn’t pose for me.  And of course there are always pheasants.

pheasant

This one has darker plumage than most.

The high spot of the visit was a fly past by a much larger bird.  I was so busy watching it glide effortlessly down the glade that I almost forgot to photograph it and only got it at the last moment.

raptorWe need expert help but after some consideration, Mrs Tootlepedal thinks that this is a hen harrier because the tail isn’t split like a kite.  I know it isn’t a good picture but any suggestions will be gratefully received.

The little birds weren’t alarmed by it at all.

The hide was brilliant as we were dry and warm and close to the birds while the rain poured down outside.

When I got home, I made good use of a wet day by putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.  Then I had a relaxing bath and finally managed to finish the crossword without falling asleep.

Mrs Tootlepedal got safely back from Edinburgh and almost immediately went off to a WRI night at Ewes.  I went up to the Archive Centre to find once again that the BT wi-fi hotspot is not functioning properly so I came back home again and put another week of the paper into the database here.  Once again, I am up to date.  Hooray.

The flying bird of the day is a Moorland feeder chaffinch creeping up behind a goldfinch.

flying chaffinch

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Today’s guest picture shows a very woolly goat spotted by my brother who was visiting  Paradise Springs near Rotarua in NZ.

Paradise Springs near Rotorua Sept 2014 - 25It was a calm day after all the rain but I didn’t manage to get organised enough to go out for a pedal.  Instead, while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir, I put together what the recipe claimed was a lamb tagine for the slow cooker.  It had apricots, cinnamon, lemon juice and honey in it so that was quite sophisticated for a cook of my calibre,  It tasted pretty good too when we had it for our tea in the evening.

Somehow the cooking and some heavy bird watching managed to fill most of the morning.  The were plenty of birds to watch today.  Blue tits are just as irresistible to me as poppies are.

blue titAs an added bonus, we saw the return of the great tit today too.

great titIt looks like a mild enough bird but it has laser eyes….

great tit….that can stop a sparrow in its tracks.

The flying chaffinches were zooming in from all angles.

chaffinch

45°

chaffinch

90°

And sparrows were jostling for places on the perches.

sparrows

An unsuccessful bid for a place

I did find time for a walk round the garden in a brief sunny spell.  The rudbeckias have lost heart….

rudbeckia and sunflower…but some of the smaller sunflowers are still quite cheery.  The bee in the picture was one of the very few in the garden today.

Pale delphiniums and dicentras are adding a little late watery colour.

delphinium and dicentraThe good summer has meant that the walnut tree has produced a measurable amount of walnuts this year….

walnuts

I picked these up in a few minutes today.

…although we are too far north to ever get a good crop of ripe nuts.

And my addiction to poppies has not abated.

poppyI went back in and did a little flute practice.  Although I am very good at telling other people that they need to practice, I find it hard to get organised enough to have a regular practice regime myself, even though I know that this is the only way to improve.

I had a cheese and tomato sandwich for lunch with one of the last of our tomato crop for the year.  I shall miss having tender and tasty tomatoes when we have to go back to shop bought, tough skinned specimens.

After lunch, there was enough time for a quick look out of the window….

sparrow and goldfinch

A sparrow and a goldfinch demonstrate that there are more than one way of looking at things.

greenfinch

A greenfinch looking a bit more cheerful today.

tree sparrow

Two shots of a tree sparrow which nibbled a peanut and flew off.

Then it was time to go to Carlisle for our choir there.  We combined the artistic with the practical and called in at Homebase to buy a sheet of corrugated plastic to cover composting bins C and D as one of our old sheets has finally been battered into submission by the elements.  We then popped into Sainsburys to buy coffee beans and smelly Italian cheese along with some other less necessary things.  You can never have too many different sorts of cheese or coffee beans in the house.

We worked really hard in the choir and I am continually amazed by the patience of our choirmaster who has to go over the music in great detail for us novices week after week.  Still, we are definitely always improving and this must give him some reward.

We got home in time to enjoy the lamb tagine and then we were off out again, this time to the Buccleuch Centre for a concert.  I had bought tickets for a group called the Swing Commanders on a bit of a whim as I thought that might be either awful or quite fun.  In the event, they turned out to be jolly good value, playing a wide variety of swing and dance music with tremendous zest and a really good sense of rhythm.   Apart from the fact that the sound balance wasn’t perfect, it was an excellent evening, although it must be said the the first half was better than the second half when they perhaps got a little too ambitious.

The flying bird of the day is a rather scruffy goldfinch.

goldfinch

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Today’s guest picture comes from Mrs Tootlepedal who was visiting the world’s greatest baby in Edinburgh.  Matilda is puzzling out the convoluted constitutional matters that have arisen since the referendum.

DSC01558It was a breezy morning so I suggested to Dropscone, when he arrived after breakfast, that we should go round the more sheltered traditional morning run rather than expose ourselves to the wind on the top of Callister.  He prefers the traditional circuit anyway so he readily agreed and off we went.   The sheltered route was proving very satisfactory but our hopes of a good time were severely deflated when Dropscone got a puncture just at the point when we were farthest from home.

The downside of the sheltering hedges is of course the possibility of thorns on the road when the hedges are trimmed in the autumn and a thorn was the suspect here.  Dropscone doesn’t carry a spare tube and he didn’t fancy trying my aerosol puncture repair gizmo. On top of that, the MTRS was unavailable as she was on her way to Carlisle to catch a train so we were a bit at a loss.  Fortunately, a helpful man in a van was delivering feed to nearby farms and he also delivered Dropscone and his bike to the main road where Dropscone hitched a lift back to Langholm from the second car that came along.

All’s well that end’s well and we were able to enjoy coffee and treacle scones only half an hour later than scheduled after Dropscone had retrieved his bicycle..  He is now buying some even stronger tyres.

While we were sipping our coffee, I noticed an unusual bird at the peanut feeder.

tree sparrowIt was a tree sparrow, a very infrequent visitor to the garden.  A moment later, I noticed another one perched on top of the feeder pole.

tree sparrowI have no idea if this was a male and female pair or a parent and child or perhaps just two sparrow friends on an outing.  They didn’t stay long and left just before Dropscone.

The sparrow was joined by a robin….

robin…and they made a change from the usual diet of chaffinches.

I took a walk round the garden where the sun was out which was nice but the brisk wind made photographing flowers rather tricky.  I had to look in sheltered places.

wren and ginger syllabub

The Wren has come out to join the Ginger Syllabub in a late flowering.

grass

Mrs Tootlepedal’s ornamental grass taking its cue from me and going to seed.

delphinium

A very late delphinium

I had the macro lens with me and the difficulties of using it when things are swaying about is shown by this double take of an insect on a flower.  In the first I got the flower but not the insect and in the second, I got the insect but not the flower.

insect on flowerI love the macro lens.  Who knew that there were so many fascinating creatures in the garden?

I gazed longingly at a fine looking plum, the last of the season which was tantalisingly out of reach on the top of the tree.

plumIn the afternoon, I went to the Tourist Information Point for the final time of the season.  I wasn’t expecting any visitors but I had two.  The first was Sandy who was on his way to do some shopping and which was a pleasure but didn’t really count but the second was a genuine tourist, a fisherman and bird watcher who was happy to help me pass the time by chatting about birds he had seen.

I took the opportunity to pop down to the river and do a little gull watching…

gull…but there was no sign of Mr Grumpy.

It was such a lovely afternoon that when I had locked up, I went for a little cycle ride up to Mrs Tootlepedal’s manure mine.  On the way, I parked the bike and scrambled down the bank to have a look at my favourite cascade on the Wauchope.  This was what it was like when I looked at it in January.

Cascade on WauchopeThis was what it was like today.

Wauchope cascadeYou can see that it has been a very dry spell.  The low water gave me the chance to look at some very folded rock just below the cascade.

folded rockI like these sort of formations as they give me a view of the great forces which have shaped the land that looks so peaceful as I cycle through it.

peaceful scene

A few hundred yards further upstream

I stopped at the manure mine, parked the bike again and went for a short walk.  There was some dull fungus to be seen both in the wood and in the field….

fungus at manure mine…and it has been a good year for fruit of all sorts…

fir cones…but the best thing was the wood itself which was very pretty in the evening sunshine.

wood at manure mineEven leaving the wood was a visual treat.

manure mine gateOn my way home, I stopped to take a close up of a striking green lichen which appears on just one section of wall.

lichen

Taken with Pocketcam

When I got home, there was just enough light left to take the obligatory bee of the day picture…

bee…on the irresistible sedum before it was time to make tea, sort my pictures out for tomorrow’s show and make some semolina to welcome Mrs Tootlepedal home after her day of Matilda visiting.  In fact, she was rather late as her train was held up but the semolina was all the more welcome because of that.

As this was the last tourist information day of the season, I am hoping that I will be able to visit Matilda next week.

One of the Kilngreen black headed gulls is flying bird of the day.  It is not a very sharp picture but I thought it showed very well what a beautiful day it was this afternoon.

flying gull

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