The breathing was no better today than yesterday and the forecast was for showers so I thought that this would be a good day to get some stuff done. The first thing that got done was the crossword because one has to get the priorities right. After that, I went up to the Town Hall to collect a key for the gallery where Mrs Tootlepedal’s embroidery group is going to have an exhibition next week. Because she is away, it has fallen to me to open the gallery on Sunday so that works of stitch can be brought in and set up. I was a bit surprised to find when I fetched the key that I had to pay a deposit of £25 before they would give it to me. I hope that the embroiderers don’t have wild parties in there and I lose my deposit.
When I had done that, I lit up the computer and prepared a circular for the AGM of the Recycling Group. We are hoping to wind this group up after our failure to set up a community compost site.
All this took me till noon and then I had a moment to wander in the garden.
It is right next to the rose goldfinch. This picture shows all the stages of that rose from the bright yellow rosebud to the multilayered white mature flower in one small clump.
I think it is a fantastic plant and I go and look at it every day.
While I was on the front lawn, I exchanged a cheery greeting with Charlie and Vi who were passing.
Charlie was very helpful when I was making the Heritage Trail DVD and together they make fine tablet.
I have had difficulty getting a good shot of the find stand of white campanulas because white flowers are hard for beginners to photograph but I thought this shot gives a fair impression of their magnificence.
My neighbour Liz was working in her front garden and I went across to chat to her. I was very struck by this plant at her front gate.
I would have asked her what it is called but one of the showers came on suddenly and we had to run for cover.
While I was out there, I took this picture of a new potentilla which has flowered along the back of the house. It is a very vibrant yellow.
Then it was time for lunch. While I was eating my lunch, I kept hearing a bird calling outside the back door. In the end I got up and had a look to see what it was. It was this rather scruffy looking blackbird.
After lunch, I had an opportunity to put a week of the E&L into the database. I took it. Then a little time was spent watching some ladies’ tennis of variable quality. I am very sympathetic watching Sharapova serve as it reminds of my efforts on the golf course. The big difference is that when she gets it right, she is very good and I am pretty awful even at my best.
I had time between the showers to mow the lawns which have stood up to the drought followed by perpetual rain very well. The welcome warmth of the last few days has come just in time for them. I keep looking for a new mower as mine is past its best but it doesn’t seem possible to buy a push mower with a roller and a decent number of blades any more.
I went back in when another shower came on and watched a little more tennis. I was struck by the rear view of the bed with the campanulas in it which you get from our sitting room window.
After tea, it was time to go to the Archive Centre with Sandy and Jean. While I was getting ready, I noticed this unusual visitor to the plum tree.
Jean and I did a power of work in the Centre, putting two more weeks into the database while Sandy slaved over a set of slides he has scanned in. It was a beautiful night when we came out and I had brought my little camera with me.
Notice the extortionate prices people living in the country have to pay for petrol.The town hall and library buildings have recently had a good wash and brush up. The picture below shows the library building. I am so unobservant that it looks exactly the same as before to me but those who know tell me that it is a great deal improved.
The library is right opposite the Douglas where we retire for refreshment. It wasn’t at its busiest tonight.
Mrs Tootlepedal and daughter are having a wonderful time in the gardens of the warm south. I hope she will be able to readjust when she returns.