Today’s guest picture comes from our visitor, Marianne and shows the river Cramond in Edinburgh on a rare sunny day recently.
When I woke up this morning, the wind had dropped, the sun was out, the sky was blue. It was a day for cycling and I managed to make good use of as much of it as I had available. I had an early breakfast, packed a banana into my new saddle bag and set off
I left myself a bit of latitude as to the distance but set myself a minimum of thirty miles to take advantage of the good weather. As time went by, it became obvious that my legs and I were singing off the same hymn sheet so I increased the target to 40 miles and managed to hit the distance exactly with only the smallest extra tour of the new town on my return to Langholm.
The route was largely flat and undemanding and in a helpful way, the light wind increased slightly when it was behind me in the closing stages and helped me whistle up the final two gentle hills in good order. I didn’t take any pictures as I was concentrating on avoiding potholes in the scenic part of the trip rather than looking at the view or searching for interesting flowers in the verges.
I had just recovered when we were visited by Sandy and his friend Christine who were on their way to enjoy some of the artists’ studios in the town. The studios are open to visitors over the bank holiday weekend as part of the ‘Spring Fling’, a region wide arts adventure. With luck, I may be able to visit a studio or two on Monday.
The rest of the day was reserved for the visit of my older son Tony, his partner Marianne and her children Natasha and Dylan who were on a mission to see Granny. They arrived at lunchtime and we spent the meal and the afternoon deep in conversation. We did take time out for a walk round the block with Granny.
Mauri was in good walking form and we went further this year than we did last year. As you can see, the day stayed very sunny and warm throughout. As we passed our neighbour Liz’s garden, she suggested that our younger visitors might like a go on the large trampoline she has for her grandson Ben, a competition grade trampolinist, to practice on. Rather to my surprise, they took her at her word and enjoyed a vigorous but unskilled bounce about.
After more conversation, food and garden wandering, the visiting party left in the early evening. There were the inevitable photographs of our visitors…
…and photographs of photographers too.
It had been a real pleasure to see them all.
During the day, I walked round the garden several times to see if the sun had done any good. I was surprised to see that a few tulips are still going strong.
Mrs Tootlepedal likes ferns and especially the shuttlecock ferns on the right in the picture below.