Today’s picture is a third from my sister Mary’s recent visit to the Thames. It shows the magnificent glass house in Kew Gardens.

The Palm House, Kew

I was going to do a lot of things today – go for a bike ride, mow the lawn, take some nice pictures and who knows what else but in the end I did the two things that I had to do and didn’t have enough energy left for any of the rest.  This was a pity because the weather was a lot better today and the opportunity was there.

I started the day by taking my sister Susan  down to Carlisle to catch the train back to London after her brief visit.  It was very nice to see her and she seemed to have enjoyed her stay in spite of the dreadful weather.

When I got home, I was really tired and instead of going for the quick pedal that I had hoped for, I looked out of the window and was amazed by the energy of the little birds at the feeder.  I have reduced the number of seed feeders from three to one and this has meant a lot more traffic at the single feeder that is left.

The next five pictures were taken in the space of four minutes but give a reflection of what the whole day was like.

chaffinch, greenfinch, siskin, goldfinch
A selection of our most frequent visitors
a siskin and goldfinch
Notice that the top right siskin is standing on the goldfinch
A goldfinch goes round the feeder in search of a seat

Although the siskins and goldfinches perch on the fat ball fortress they never go inside.  Well, I will have to say hardly ever now, because this siskin youngster got in today.

siskin in cage

It looked absolutely baffled by the whole thing and couldn’t stretch up like the sparrows to nibble on a fat ball so after a while it made an excuse and left without comment.

There were more chaffinches flying about today than there have been lately.

After about five minutes of bird entertainment, I retired for a lazy bath.  That filled up the morning nicely, as I can lie in a bath for any amount of time.

Then it was time to set the photographic exhibition up.  I have never had anything to do with showing photos before so I was a bit worried about what would happen but everybody turned up on time and pulled together in getting about a hundred photographs hung for display.  The photographers are almost as good looking as the pictures.  They were dressed formally for the occasion.


As you can see from the photo, we have made use of pretty well every available inch of wall  and cabinet space.  The pictures looked pretty good to me and I hope we get a good number of people in to look at them.

It took about an hour and a half to get everything ready and Sandy and I went back to Wauchope Cottage for what we thought was a well earned cup of tea afterwards.  While we were drinking our tea, we were visited by what I think from the colour of its beak is a young rook.

young rook

By the time we had finished our tea, the sun was out and I spent quite a lot of time deciding not to go for a pedal and not to mow the lawn either.  I did get as far as going round the garden with the camera.

This lamium doesn’t mind the weather.  It’s doing well.


There were a number of bees buzzing about so thankfully the wet weather hasn’t put them off entirely.



An iris was standing up to the showers well too.


There was plenty of bright colour about.



These hawkweed flower heads are more complicated than you might think when you look at them closely.

My favourite splash of colour came from this blue poppy near the bird feeder.

blue poppy

The new bit of lawn has come through the load of top dressing that was put on it a couple of days ago and the grass is looking all the better for it.  I think more top dressing will be in order.

A very interesting picture of some grass
A very interesting picture of some grass

As I passed under the plum tree, I looked up to see the source of some plaintive tweeting.


It was just catching some nice evening sun but by two hours later, just after I had finished my tea,  it would have had to dive for cover as the heavens opened.


This came about while the sun was still shining but the resultant rainbow was disappointing from our house and not worth a photo.

I don’t know why I was so tired today and I am hoping to be more active tomorrow.

Today’s flying bird is a complete cheat.  It’s a bee.

flying bee

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

11 thoughts on “Hung

    1. A selection of birds. I found it very difficult to pick shots for the show and in the end I am not at all sure that I couldn’t have picked some better ones. I got them mounted but not framed but I am certainly going to get frames if I show pictures again.

  1. Today was father’s day in America, our family went to a movie and then a late lunch at an Irish pub but earlier in the day I planted 4 thyme plants and an azalea. Mrs. Toodlepedal would be proud of me!

    1. I can’t imagine going to a movie before lunch. I didn’t go to a movie but I did get cards from two of my three children and as Meatloaf sang, “Two out of three ain’t bad.”

  2. It was plainly exhausting having your sister to stay, all that being so nice to her had taken its toll. Hope today is better.

  3. highly honoured to have another of my photographs on your blog. sorry you were so tired during the day, but you seemed to do quite a lot in spite of it. The glimpse of the photographic exhibition looked inticing. Hope you get lots of visitors.

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