Reflectively short post

Today’s picture from my sister Mary’s walk yesterday, shows half the population of London  afloat in pedalos.

Enjoying the sun in Hyde Park

I had planned a fine day of cycling, taking in many highly photographic sights but sadly I had failed to alert my body to this and it had other plans entirely.  In spite of me speaking to it severely, it refused to get out of bed at all in the morning and I had little option other than to wait until lunch time when it kindly agreed to rise.

Jiggered by the effort of getting up and eating a light lunch, my body sank back into a chair (handily placed in front of the telly) and remained there until it kindly let me go out into the garden to say hello to the roses early in the evening.

ginger syllabub
The wonderfully named ginger syllabub rose
moss rose
The moss rose has loved the weather this year.

Mrs Tootlepedal was so fed up with sparrows eating her sweet peas shoots that she built an elaborate cage this year and the well protected sweet peas inside the cage have done very well.  Her enjoyment of this has been slightly diluted by the fact that some other sweet peas, planted with no protection from the marauding sparrows, have done just as well.

sweet peas

Such is life.

We are getting towards the end of the seventh month of the year and some of the late season flowers are appearing just to remind us that we are heading towards autumn.

The first crocosmia

And that was it for the day.  Still, I feel a great deal better for a really good rest even though I had to shut my ears to the sound of the grass crying, “Cut me! ”  This may be the first day since I started keeping this diary that I really have done absolutely nothing at all and although it may sound a bit silly, I am quite proud of myself.

All the same it was a bit of a wastes of another really nice day as far as the weather went.

I even rested the my camera hand and didn’t use the heavy lens except for a couple of minutes.  As a result I didn’t get the opportunity to catch a flying bird, though I only just missed the one on the right.

non flying birds





Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

36 thoughts on “Reflectively short post

      1. There’s always TMS on 5live sports extra which you can listen to online or through the telly now you’ve upgraded. Should be channel 706. Can’t beat Aggers, Tuffers and Blowers.

      2. I tried it but it didn’t reach me as it used to do in the good old days. Your post was put in the spam folder which is why I didn’t reply to it earlier.

  1. What a sea change from the usual shamingly energetic life you normally lead. The roses were lovely even if the grass isn’t mown. Do hope you will be bouncing tomorrow.

  2. It’s important to listen to one’s body, even if it’s not allowing us to do the things we want. I’m very much like you in that I don’t like wasting a single day, but my family always tells me there’ll be more sun to enjoy tomorrow, and the day after, and….. Glad you listened to your body. 🙂 You still honored us with beautiful photos.

  3. Very sorry you felt so tired, but obviously you needed the rest and can be very pleased with the fact that you have been so active since starting the blog.
    Lovely roses and sweet peas.

  4. I’m glad you took some time to rest and rejuvenate the body. I alwyas feel guilty when I do nothing but rest, but we all need that. It’s been so hot here lately that I have no desire to go outside. My grass, too, is calling me to cut it, but I will wait until the temperatures cool off into the 80’s.

  5. The thing with being retired is you don’t have deadlines anymore.. you can as much or as little as you like or even nothing at all.
    With this heat our grass is going brown and not growing at all…
    Hope you perk up again soon though..

    1. I love being retired, it’s being ill I don’t like. Still, mustn’t grumble, I can mostly do anything but just a little slower than before and with more rests.

  6. Have to give yourself a day off now and then. I’m not surprised your body requested time off: I have a hard time keeping up even with the stories of your energy-packed exploits! Thanks for the beautiful colors and shadows on the flowers.

      1. I have to admit, it seems ridiculous in this day to spend so much on the maintenance of a lavish royal class, but the Brits seem to want their royals. Glad I don’t have to pay!

  7. An occasional day of rest is a good thing. Of course, your day was not completely inactive, as you still managed another blog post. You have me beat there.

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