Hanging around

Today’s picture comes from my son Anthony who is on holiday at Mojacar in the south of Spain.

sunset at Mojacar

The day here started rather gloomily and Mrs Tootlepedal felt she needed her new waterproof coat as she pedalled off to sing in the church choir…

pedalling songstress

…but it didn’t take long for things to brighten up and by lunchtime, the sun was out and it was a glorious summer day.  Meantime, I had a busy morning seeing our B&B guests off, doing a bit of tidying up, starting a sourdough loaf and wandering round the garden.

The comfrey was playing host to some of the many bees who could be heard buzzing round the garden.

bees on comfrey

A new clematis has arrived on the scene with quite an impact.


When Mrs Tootlepedal returned, I left to go to the town hall to check that all was ready in the gallery for our photo exhibition.  There was quite a bit of organising to be done after the Neil Armstrong exhibition had been moved out but it was soon looking ready for our pictures.

I returned home for lunch and heard the lawns crying out to be mowed so after I had attended to that, it was more than time for a sit down and rest.

I had intended to go for a pedal after lunch but didn’t quite get round to it and took some flower pictures instead.

geranium selection
A geranium selection
Another geranium


mimulus or musk
mimulus or musk
The only rose in the garden at the moment

There is a colourful show of bedding plants to replace the tulips and daffodils along the drive.


The bright sun had brought the frogs out to sun themselves on the lily pads.


At one point I was going past the bird feeders and as usual the birds flew off with the exception of a redpoll which gave flight a moment’s thought and then realised that eating was more important.

There are only one or two left visiting the feeders now.

I baked the sourdough loaf and then at four o’clock went up to open the gallery so that the exhibitors could hang their pictures.   Not everyone arrived but we still have plenty of pictures for the show and the general opinion is that we have got better since last year’s effort.  Let’s hope any visitors think so too.

Sandy hanging
Sandy hanging a picture with a critical audience.

On my return, I couldn’t resist another flower shot.

Mrs Tootlepedal has been very pleased by the recovery of a very blue flower which looked as though it was on its way out but has fought back well.

blue flower

The siskins were so busy arguing that they let me get quite close to them.


WordPress dropped me a note today to say that it was exactly three years since I started this blog.  Since then I have cycled just under 15,000 miles and posted 1089 (almost) daily diaries which have become significantly more polluted with photos as my interest in photography has developed.  I now have 15,261 images in my media library.

My readership has grown from two (my sister to Susan and my daughter Annie) to a fairly regular 60 to 70.  Many of these are one off visitors, people following searches for odd words and phrases, some of whom must be amazed to find out what they have clicked on, but quite a few are regular readers.  I would like to thank those of you who take the time and trouble to read the blog and especially those who comment either to me in person or on the blog as it encourages me to try to improve my photo skills (and to try to find something interesting to say even on a dull day.).

One of the best things about writing the blog is that it has been the means of coming across other blogs and  bloggers and I have had a great deal of fun and pleasure (and education)  in reading about cycling, gardening and photographic adventures in blogs from all over the world as well as corresponding with their writers.   Not to mention an excellent holiday.

I found a flying bird today.

flying siskin





Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

19 thoughts on “Hanging around

  1. Your family members certainly do visit some beautiful places. I wish could see that photo exhibit-it will be worth stopping in to see, I’m sure. I enjoy your blog and that’s why I keep coming back. I think it makes a lot of people feel right at home.

  2. Congratulations on your WordPress anniversary, TP. Looking forward to more bridges and cycling (and okay, birds, too…) in the years to come!

  3. Happy Anniversary! Glad the bees are back. I saw some buzzing round comfrey on my tussle with the Itchen Navigation Path on Saturday. They really seem to have woken up now. 🙂

  4. Congratulations on the three year blog anniversary.
    Hope you get plenty of visitors to the photographic exhibition.

  5. Happy three-year anniversary! I SO enjoy reading your blog and love your bird photos. Please never stop.

  6. Congratulations on this anniversary and the stats you mention and should be very proud of. I came late to the party but love your daily diary with the great photos and the dry wit. It’s super to see and hear about the Borders as my connection to the area has sadly gone now and reasons for travelling there much reduced.

  7. 1089 blog entries is staggeringly impressive, especially considering that they are consistently entertaining. I may often lag behind on reading your posts but I will always make a point of catching up. Thank you for all your efforts.

    And to think that I was recently patting myself on the back for having reached a modest 100 posts.

    1. Your posts are always interesting and contain much technical material of value to the world unlike mine as well as awe inspiring cold weather cycling.

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