Today’s picture shows an allium with added raindrops
At last the rain came today. By mutual consent, Dropscone and I abandoned the thought of the morning pedal although it was quite warm and a little rain never hurt anyone. A rest never did anyone any harm either.
By coincidence a small parcel, 27cm by 17cm, arrived and it turned out to contain, by a miracle of modern horticultural skill,250 tiny plants in plugs.
Because I was not cycling, I had enough time on my hands to transplant the plants to bigger containers. I can tell you that transplanting 250 plants takes quite a long time.
After lunch, the rain eased off but Mrs Tootlepedal and I had to go to Carlisle to do some shopping and meet an old friend off a train so there was no opportunity for a pedal.
The garden looked very fresh after the rain stopped and I took a few pictures before we went off.
The rain had got the birds out in force and I was pleased to see this great tit at a feeder.
The blackbirds and dunnocks have been pecking my lawn to bits but it is hard to complain when you see the use that their pecking is put to…
The trip to Carlisle was a success in as much as Mrs Tootlepedal bought a new mobile phone to replace the steam powered one she has been using for the last ten years. This one has a little camera in it and I hope to be able to add many candid shots of passing celebrities to the blog once she has discovered how to download the pictures from the phone. The bloke in the shop didn’t make any attempt to persuade her to buy a more expensive phone than she wanted (a very cheap one) or take out binding contracts that she didn’t need. Considering the very small amount of commission he would be earning on the deal, he was very helpful, charming and cheerful.
On our return, I took another couple of bird feeder pictures. Greenfinches always look as though they are taking life very seriously and this one is no exception. It is extremely reminiscent of the bald eagle from the Muppet Shows of yesteryear.
It got there safely.
…and then held off a determined challenge from a passing goldfinch..
This coal tit is a frequent visitor to the feeder but very hard to catch because it never lingers long. Today for some reason, it was quite placid.
The day ended with a very agreeable meal with our old friend as we listened to the rain hammering down outside again.