I have two pictures of the day today because I couldn’t choose between them. They are both so fine that I am going to give the a bigger size than usual. The first is a picture from my sister Susan’s recent trip to Switzerland.
..and the second is from even further afield. Joyce has sent a picture of a carpet of trilliums from a recent walk in the woods. She tells me that there are theyare floral emblem of Ontario and are protected , so no picking!
All this looks a bit nicer than our weather was this morning but Dropscone and I are two of Britain’s hardy sons so we wrapped up well and set off in rain and wind round our usual morning journey.
Some idea of the weather conditions can be gained from the fact that instead of chaffinches or wagtails, when we passed a field hedge near Glenzier, two ducks flew out quacking madly. However by the time we were at the top of the hill, five miles from home, the rain had stopped and the brisk wind soon dried us out so we were able to enjoy our scones and coffee without dripping on the kitchen floor.
After coffee, I took a moment to see what the birds were up to.
The weather was changeable all day and I took the opportunity to spend some time printing DVDs for a new issue of our heritage trail DVD. They have been very popular (possibly because until now they have been free) with people ordering two or three to send to exiles abroad.
Thanks to WordPress giving the blog a bit of publicity, we had over 1000 visitors yesterday and, at the time of writing, 943 today. This meant that I had to spend quite a bit of time reading the many kind comments that people have posted. I would like to thank everyone who took the trouble to comment and I must say that it very satisfactory to know that people enjoy the photos because I certainly enjoy taking them.
I took a few more today.
It was very windy so flower photography was not the most sensible thing to be doing but my camera is extremely helpful and lets me snap away in trying conditions.
As you can see, the sun was out and the garden smelled gorgeous after the rain. The azaleas in particular need smell-o-vision to give you the whole picture.
More delicate flowers can be found elsewhere…
Mrs Tootlepedal was anxious for me to show how well Fortress Pea is functioning. Her wish is my command.
Even when the flowers are over, some continue to delight me.
After the garden wandering, I went in to put another week of the E & L into the database. I need a spell of bad weather to keep me indoors to catch up with the backlog waiting to go in. I need one but I don’t want one.
We had a glut of milk through poor stock control so I made macaroni cheese for my tea and Mrs Tootlepedal made a baked rice pudding. My cheese sauce was rather dull but the rice pudding was first rate.
In the evening, I went to Carlisle with Susan to play recorder music with our group. All six of us were there and we played a rich selection of music from Brade and Bach to Faure and Joplin. The music was washed down with a nice cup of tea and a vigorous discussion of the folly or otherwise of one of our members in not voting for AV in the recent referendum.
I finish with another colourful corner from Mrs Tootlepedal’s garden.
And almost a last farewell to the tulips.