A full day

Today’s picture shows Glastonbury Tor.  It is another from the camera of my sister Mary, who was there recently.

Climbing up Glastonbury Tor

It was another warm and pleasant day today and Dropscone was back from his golfing work so we set off round the morning run in good spirits.  My spirits were raised by the fact that I was on my speedy bike at last and as Dropscone is wisely still taking things easily, I was able to cruise round unruffled.  We took the same time as Tuesday but I put in about half the effort.  Once again, soon after we finished the ride, the wind got up considerably.  We have been very lucky with the weather recently.

Mrs Tootlepedal was busy varnishing the new stair rails when we got back but was able to join us for a coffee.  After coffee, she got stuck into digging a hole by the front gate which gave her a good deal of difficulty because of stony ground underneath.  This part of the garden used to be a stonemason’s yard and it doesn’t make gardening easy.  Our neighbour Liz came round and got stuck in with a punchbar.

working women

I hope the box hedge which is going to go in here appreciates the trouble it has caused.  It hurt my back just looking at these two slaving away.

I got the camera out to take a picture of the blue tits visiting the feeder. My bird feeding friends say that there are a good number of tits of all sorts in Langholm this year which is good news.

blue tits

After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went to work and I thought I had better do something for the good of the garden.  I got my sieve out and finished sieving last years compost.  The product will go into the hole that Mrs Tootlepedal is digging to help enrich the soil.  I then turned this year’s early compost into the space I had made available by sieving and then turned some of this year’s late compost into the space left by the early compost.  In an ideal world, I would turn the compost much more frequently to speed up the process but even one or two turnings makes a big difference.

I then heeded a warning twinge from my back and went inside to put a week of the E & L into the database.  We are now well into 1881 and have only another forty years’ work, at the rate of three years per annum,  to do before we are up to date. We are hoping for big advances in medical science.

I was sufficiently recovered after that to get the winter mower out and mow the two lawns.  I had also given the new grass a tentative cut earlier in the day and generally things are satisfactory on the grass front.

The garden has benefited from the warmer weather.

clematis arch
The clematis, Luxurians Alba, over the arch to the vegetable garden looking healthy
A perennial cornflower has poked its head up
More and more marigolds are flowering all over the garden
Lilian Austin at her best
The nasturtiums have stopped looking bedraggled
A last lupin

In the evening, I went to the Archive Centre with Jean and Sandy, the first time for a few weeks that all three of us have managed to be there together.  Sandy was working on finding suitable pictures with two people who are putting on an illustrated lecture about life in Langholm, while Jean and I put another week of the E & L into the database.  Our life would have been easier if the internet connection had not dropped about twenty times in the course of the evening but we got it finished in time to adjourn to the Douglas for a well earned refreshment.

Tomorrow looks like being the last day of the lovely weather we have had so I mean to enjoy it to the full.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

2 thoughts on “A full day

  1. Lovely rose picture. I am glad you have got your speedy bike back at last and are able to make the most of the good weather.

  2. Your flower pictures are a delight to the eye, congratulations to the grower and the photographer.

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