Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Testing Testing Testing.

After visiting the health centre for my regular blood check this morning I got prepared to visit Eskrigg nature reserve at Lockerbie to see if I could spot a squirrel or two and give my new camera a bit of a road test. I've just bought a Canon EOS 7d mark II after a lot of looking at reviews.

It was a beautiful morning and made for a very pleasant drive across. Before I left I received a text from Tootlepedal inquiring how the camera club had went last night and he remarked it was blowing a gale in Marseilles, maybe they took the Langholm weather with them. 

The following is the first real effort with the new camera, personally I think the old one produced as good pictures but maybe that was because I knew the camera inside out and most of these have been taken on automatic, but it feels good, weighty but not too heavy and feels comfortable in my hand and the auto focusing is amazing so as they say practice makes perfect, but I also think I need to update my lenses accordingly.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Pleasant Visit

There was more rain to wake up to this morning but by late morning it had dried up and was cloudy but dry for the rest of the day. I spent the morning preparing the bungalow for a visit from Fred and Irene who hadn't seen it since the renovation was completed. They were very impressed with the transformation, we sat and reminisced over a cup of tea about the days Anne was alive and the fun we all had together. We then went and had lunch at the Buccleuch Centre followed a stroll round to Wauchope Cottage to view Mrs Tootlepedal's garden. Mrs Tootlepedal wasn't in residence when we arrived but Tootlepedal proudly showed us round the garden. Fred and Irene left for home and I went home to put a week into the archive database.

The following photos are from a recent walk with Tootlepedal.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Ducking and Diving

As it was an exceptionally nice morning I rose early and after breakfast I set off for a walk heading towards the Beck with the intention of taking some interesting pics and some not so interesting pics. I,m keeping the narrative to this post to a minimum as its getting late and I have to be up early in the morning to catch the train to Edinburgh for my yearly visit to the festival.
Some interesting sheep have appeared since I last came along this way.

I always like the light that beams through the trees but it never has the same effect through the camera lens.

There were lots of cover on the woodland floor of these clover like plants.
I crossed the new bridge that has recently been constructed.

I like the way the moss is dripping off the second bridge, it also had some new spars fitted and some chicken wire laid to reduce slipping.

Signs of autumn is starting to appear among the trees.

Autumn fruits seem to be in abundance

Can anyone explain this strange growth on this wild rose, I've seen them many times before but never really questioned them but I would imagine its some insect laying eggs.

An isolated bunch of heather on Gaskell's walk.
 I came upon this interesting plant which when fully open.....

.....produced this rather attractive flower.

I continued on snapping anything I thought was vaguely interesting 

I finally ended up at the Kilngreen where the resident ducks were doing a lot of ducking and diving which was quite entertaining to watch. The rest of the day was spent doing rather boring but necessary tasks.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Bit Soggy

It's a week after the Common Riding and it feels more like a month away for some strange reason. I had a good Common Riding. Neil, Joe and Sandy came, along with Graham and Mel from Carlisle, we all crammed in to the bungalow with a surprising level of comfort considering I'm a bedroom down. 

We woke up to very heavy showers which persisted most of the morning so that curtailed a morning walk. It was my turn at the Welcome to Langholm information hub which due to the weather was rather quiet. After doing my stint I came home and had some pate on toast for lunch then proceeded to put a week into the E & L database. After a snooze I phoned Tootlepedal to see if he was interested in going for a stroll round the pheasant pens, to which he said he was.
Headed over the  Duchess Bridge....

......and the going was rather soggy.

 I'm sure the tin huts at the lodge would make excellent holiday accomodation.

The trees on the Castleholm stand proud.

Looks like its going to be a good year for conkers,

These leaves had a strange secretion and seemed to have been well attacked by some aphid of sorts.

With a little bit of imagination these could be Red Cyber men.

Tootlepedal spotted some interesting fungus.

 We continued on to the Kilngreen where Mr Grumpy was standing watching a flotilla of ducks...

.....and offspring. 

A nice afternoon nap, with a wary eye.

 We moved on along Elizabeth Street where we spotted a dipper who was more than happy to pose for us.... was a wagtail.

The subtle colours in the stones really appealed to me, providing a nice  soft background to the daisies. 

Looks like Mr & Mrs Tootlepedal are going to have a good crop of plums and apples this year.

Tootlepedal invited me for a cup of tea and a taste of his raspberry jam which he made with berries we both picked a couple of days ago, spread over delicious home made bread. I then Made my way home before the threatened rain started and got online and managed to book the last ticket available from the Sands Centre in Carlisle for the Joe Bonamassa concert in March next year.