Today’s picture shows some Edinburgh gulls having a family outing at breakfast time on the roof opposite my son Alistair’s flat.
It was a windy, showery day today but if you picked your moment, there were opportunities to work and play. I picked a dry spell to have another tentative pedal of thirteen miles just to keep my legs turning over. Once again, my snazzy new GPS device told me that cycling downhill with the wind behind was the right way to go. The wind was quite brisk so I was pleased to have had modest ambitions.
I got home in time to avoid a shower of rain which was very satisfactory. I felt less tired and that was satisfactory too.
After lunch, the weather faired up a bit and I went round the garden. There were good things to be seen….
…and very bad things
Then it started to rain again so I went indoors.
Ten minutes later, it had stopped. We have had a regular pair of dunnocks picking over the lawn but in the absence of my long lens, I haven’t been trying to shoot them. Just for the record I took a shot today and it shows the brisk wind ruffling a few feathers.
I went out to inspect my tomato plant in the greenhouse and was excited to see a lone flower.
My record for successfully growing tomatoes is extremely patchy but maybe this will be the year. I am going to concentrate.
I retired indoors for a rest and admired the great number of sparrows that manage to feed on the fat balls simultaneously.
I found a moment when the weather looked set fair (for a while at least) and got the hedge trimmer out and gave the hedge along the road a short back and sides.
Mrs Tootlepedal wielded the brush after I had finished trimming and and barrowed off the clippings and she made a really good job of the leaving things neat and tidy. I am trying to summon up the patience to put the trimmings through our shredder as I tend to find large clumps of un-rotted hedge leaves in the middle of an otherwise good compost heap if they are not handled carefully.
While I was outside, I took the camera round the back of the house to record an aquilegia which has self seeded in the middle of the potentillas along the dam.
The early blooming potentillas are going at full steam ahead.
In the garden, I spotted some hostas.
For the first time this year, there were quite a lot of bees buzzing around and the pond has a good stock of frogs.
The frog population may be thanks to the complete lack of ducks on the dam this year, coupled with no visits from any herons.
I enjoyed a bit of nature’s geometry…
…and went out to visit the honeysuckle which grows through the hedge and offers a pleasant perfume to the passing pedestrian.
Exhausted by alliteration, I headed in. On my way back in, I took a picture to show that there are plenty of greens to set off the flowers in the garden.
We had two returning B & B guests today, one of whom is a keen bird watcher on her way to study gannets on the east coast. Before arriving, they had stopped off in a layby on the Langholm Moor in the wild hope of seeing one of our hen harriers and after quite a long wait wondering if they were in the right place and looking in the right direction, they were delighted to have seen a pair of them. We were very pleased for them.
I went in to watch a bit of the tennis and then after tea went out again to try to catch a flying bird of the day. I shot a sitting bird.
This racing pigeon has been resting in our garden for some time. We have contacted a pigeon fancier who might try to catch it and send it back to its owner.
Later in the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal and I went off to sing four songs with our choir at an event to honour Neil Armstrong. Our accompanist wasn’t available so a passing young organist from Amsterdam (formerly of Langholm) kindly stood in at the last moment and, all things considered, it went quite well.
I am taking Granny south tomorrow and the forecast is looking iffy so it will be early to bed for me tonight.
This, believe it or not, is a flying bird (going away).