Today’s picture shows Mrs Tootlepedal in her B and B room checking her route round the gardens of England for the day.
The day was perfect for cycling. The sun was shining, the wind was light and the temperature was pleasantly cool. Dropscone arrived half an hour earlier than usual and we set off on a thirty mile ride over Callister, down to Kirkpatrick Fleming and back by Glenzier and the A7 cycle route. I was a bit worried that my breathing would not stand up to a vigorous pedal so we started at a gentle pace and only speeded up when we had climbed over Callister and the flat country of the Solway plain lay before us. In the end we did the thirty miles in bang on two hours which gave the ride a happy symmetry.
It was followed by chocolate cake and coffee. Dropscone had been to Hawick to fetch his children off the last bus from Edinburgh after Ben’s graduation and he had used the opportunity to sweep up a few of Morrison’s late night bargains while he was there. The cake was one of these but none the worse for that.
I photographed this chaffinch before breakfast which gives you an idea of how nice the day was.
And I took these pictures when we got back.
After Dropscone had gone, I mowed all three lawns. The grass has been growing well in the recent warmer weather and the lawns look pretty well. I’ll be complaining of drought next.
While I was out there, I looked round the garden.
After lunch, I went to the Kilngreen to do my stint in the tourist information point. I had a few visitors and had plenty to do as, owing to the early start, I had not read any of the papers. I had a friend outside.
I am experimenting with camera settings for landscape photos and I took these two while I was at the TIP.
After I had finished there, I took the car up to the White Yett and walked up to the monument to continue working on landscape photos.
While I was up the hill I could hear the singing of larks and as I came down, I stopped to see if I could actually see one. I managed to spot one and tried to photograph it.
I had another go.
When I was nearly at the car, I noticed something on a small tree.
I thought it was probably a young lark waiting for food and sure enough, a moment later another lark approached.
I am not a bird expert so I checked in the easy book of bird spotting and I think these are larks but as usual, I could be wrong.
In the evening, I went to Carlisle to play recorder. Susan was busy at work after her day off yesterday so I went alone and we were five. Once again we played a wide selection of music and enjoyed ourselves a lot. Owing to the great age of most of the players, the conversation over tea and biscuits after the playing was mostly about medical matters. It was very interesting.
I have put some the pictures that I took on my walk up Whita here for those with time on their hands. They are familiar views but I hope one or two of them will please readers.
I think the colours are stronger than in my previous efforts. It might be because of the day but I think some of the improvement comes from thinking more about settings and focus points.
I went to bed really early for me last night and slept very badly so I am going to bed late tonight to see if that is any better.
Mrs Tootlepedal and daughter Annie visited Sissinghurst and Great Dixter on their garden tour today. I am still waiting for pictures.