Today’s picture shows an elegant arcade roof in Hays Galleria seen by my sister Mary when walking beside the Thames.
After the cycling of yesterday, today was devoted to more serious matters. The lawns have been neglected so I started by mowing the middle lawn.
Then there were flowers to inspect. The Shirley poppies are flourishing and although to a careless glance they may appear rather similar for a mixed packets of seeds, a closer inspection reveals a bucket of difference.
There were many visitors to the garden today including a bunch of hoverflies playing their version of the student game of ‘see how many people we can get onto a phone box’.
Different flies were also on duty at the mint.
There was a regulation bee or two of course. This was one was visiting a nasturtium.
I was very pleased to see a coloured butterfly which will be the first of many, I hope.
The white phlox is hard to photograph because of the lack of contrast but it deserves an entry in the garden record as there are several clumps going great guns at the moment.
A white cosmos at least has a contrasting yellow centre.
All these pictures were taken in the space of 15 minutes so it wasn’t hard to find interest today. I had to go and sit down before I became too excited. I watched some birds to calm me down.
Then there were treacle scones to be eaten as Dropscone arrived having pedalled solo round the morning run.
These were safely disposed of and this was followed by the disposal through the shredder of a great many cuttings from a pyracantha which Mrs Tootlepedal and our neighbour Liz had trimmed for an elderly neighbour.
Then it was time to do some work at the computer updating one of the websites I manage for other people.
There was just time for a quick look out of the window before lunch…
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal and I cycled up the Wauchope road to check on the replacement bridge. Mrs Tootlepedal was in determined mood on the bike….
…and it didn’t take us long to arrive at the bridge. It wasn’t finished but it was open to traffic with the aid of a traffic light.
We cycled across it and then turned round and cycled back across it. The workmen were impressed by our versatility. They told us that it will probably be another three weeks until the works are finished. It looks a bit rough and ready at the moment.
Soon we had completed a journey of about ten per cent of my ride yesterday but it was equally as pleasant and the company was better of course.
The front lawn got a mow when we got home and as a bonus Mrs Tootlepedal trimmed the edge with the strimmer so it ended up looking well cared for.
The drying green and the grass round the greenhouse badly needed a mow too but this was a lawn too far for me and they will have to wait. I looked at some flowers instead.
I thought it only fair to them to show the row of marigolds hidden behind the nicotiana and cosmos.
The rest of the afternoon was spent gently snoozing and catching up with my correspondence. I printed out a two pictures, a woodpecker and a jay from the Moorland Feeder Station, for an environmental exhibition which Dr Barlow is mounting in September and though I say so myself, they looked quite good. As I am using very cheap compatible ink cartridges and inexpensive photo paper, this was more than satisfactory.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow for lovers of flying sparrows everywhere.