Today’s picture, taken by my brother Andrew, shows the oddly named and oddly shaped hill, Thorpe Cloud
I had hoped to test drive my new cycling glasses today and after a good night’s sleep, the weather was pleasant enough to have made this a possibility but, for once, good sense came into the picture. Good Sense said, “Does your ankle hurt?” and when it received an answer in the affirmative , it said, “Don’t go cycling.” So I didn’t.
I did look out of the window of course.
I pursued a policy of intermittent gardening and resting which let me do some lawn mowing and composting with enough gaps in between to ensure no further damage to my ankle.
Luckily I had a good combination of long lasting sports reports to follow (test match, athletics world championships, junior world cycling championships in Glasgow and the PGA Golf) to keep me entertained in the less active moments of the day.
The light gardening activities gave me plenty of time to look around.
The weather has cooled down a lot and summer is rapidly becoming just a memory but two sets of flowers are keeping some sunshine alive. Mrs Tootlepedal’s sunflowers are still looking great…
…and there is a steady but unspectacular supply of marigolds dotted about the borders.
One of the day lilies carried looking languid about as far as it can go in the floral world.
Mrs Tootlepedal is still in the middle of a flurry of activity, clearing borders up after strong growth in the good weather. I take care not to get to close to her when she has clippers, hedge trimmers and secateurs in hand in case I get tidied up too.
She put the tools down long enough to visit an embroidery exhibition in the Town hall by the ladies of Longtown which she enjoyed a lot.
We both took time out to visit an exhibition in the Buccleuch Centre celebrating 90 years of the Langholm Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. A lot of work has gone into this display of programmes, posters and photographs. There were even clippings of old reviews and costumes from some productions. Both Mrs Tootlepedal and I have directed and acted in productions for the society in years gone by but she has been far more active over the years than I have. It was fun to see pictures of respectable middle aged gentlemen and ladies of the town when they were in the first flush of their youth.
The day remained cloudy and as a result I didn’t consider any expeditions to take more interesting pictures than the usual fare so I apologise for putting in more flowers.
Although Mrs Tootlepedalcleared off the orange hawkweed some time ago, some hardy stems have survived.
I had a second look at the very dull clematis and I think that I am coming round to it.
It is certainly flourishing and providing plenty of interest at the arch into the vegetable garden.
We had two cheery removal men from London as our B&B guests tonight. They have been on the road for four days in a round trip that has taken in Wales and Ireland before arriving in Langholm. They will be pleased to get home tomorrow. Their firm is called Winkle Removals and their slogan is “Give Winkle a Tinkle.” As they say, it does catch your attention.
I am not very optimistic about the rapid recovery of my ankle as they are complicated bits of kit but I will try to at least get out of the house tomorrow, by car if not by bike.
A standard flying friend for today.