Today’s guest picture shows a sophisticated big city London heron spotted by my sister Mary in Regent’s Park on her way home from tennis.
Our good weather continues but each day sees the wind getting a little stronger which probably means that the end is near. As it is the autumn equinox today, it would not be too surprising to get some autumn weather soon. It was chilly enough this morning for a heavy jacket and some gloves when I went out with Dropscone for a cycle to Gair and back, Dropscone had had a busy weekend and was in gentle cycling mode which was more than fine with me and we enjoyed our outing.
We were just having our coffee and scones when the minister turned up at the perfect moment to get the last scone and the last cup of coffee. That sort of timeliness takes a lifetime of practice to develop.
He was in his working clothes and he told us that he had been out earlier than us for his ride…..and he had gone a bit further too. We were impressed but we didn’t show it in case he got big headed.
After they left, I put the macro lens on the camera and went out to look for small things to photograph. I didn’t have to look hard. The sun had come out and there were several red admiral butterflies sampling Mrs Tootlepedal’s flowers.
Butterflies are more complicated than they look at first sight.
I didn’t spend my whole day bug hunting. I did some dead heading and turned some compost. Mrs Tootlepedal has now used all the compost from last year which was in bin D, so we have turned the late compost from last year from bin C into bin D and we are in the process of turning this year’s compost from bin A into the now empty bin C. “What happened to bin B?” you ask. It is not such a good bin as bin A and it started to get filled when it looked as though bin A would not be enough to hold all the material that has come from the garden this summer. When bin A has been turned into bin C, bin B will be turned into bin A. I know that readers will be very interested to be told about all this.
We do the turning a little bit at a time to avoid wrecking ourselves but each lot of compost will get turned twice before it is used. In an ideal world we would turn it every three or four weeks but we can’t manage that and it is surprising how much even two turns speeds up the process.
In between the flies and bees, I saw a blackbird.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went across the road to help our neighbour Liz prune a cherry tree and while she was there, I spent a little time trying to catch a flying insect of the day….
I am enjoying the unexpected flowers on a fuchsia bush that had previously appeared to be unable to flower. The insects enjoy the pollen too….
When Mrs Tootlepedal came back, we went for a cycle ride.
We had a steady turn up the Wauchope road to the bridge at Westwater. I took Pocketcam with me but the light, though generally sunny, was a bit strange and the pictures didn’t turn out well.
We arrived home, with perfect timing, just in time for a nice cup of tea at four o’clock.
I shifted a little more compost after tea and then watched the birds for a while. I was pleased to be able to catch a glimpse of a dunnock or hedge sparrow. These are often in the garden but they scuttle around on the ground and are hard to photograph as the camera’s autofocus finds their dull brown colour tricky to pick out.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch in the absence of any more exciting visitors.