Back again

Today’s picture shows a pleasure cruiser passing the Tower of London.  It is another from my sister Mary’s Thames side collection.

Tower of London with pleasure boat passing

After a promising start when I managed to mow the drying green and assist by being the cable carrier while Mrs Tootlepedal mowed round the greenhouse, the day went downhill.

I took a few flower pictures.  I tried to use my tripod to get some really sharp pictures….



…but the results were rather disappointing because I just don’t have the patience to set everything up correctly.   I quickly went back to holding the camera in the hand and started chasing bees.  They weren’t hard to find




bee on cosmosThere were bees everywhere.  They are very keen on the cosmos as you can see.

By the time that I had done this for ten minutes or so, my back was giving me severe grief and I retired indoors for a sit down and basically didn’t get up again for several hours as the pain wouldn’t go away.  This is a long standing complaint and nothing to get worried about but it is annoying when it strikes.  It has been lurking in the background for a few days and the long pedal probably didn’t help it but I think it was most likely caused by lifting a heavy box of library books for the choir on Wednesday.

Luckily, I had a large and complicated holiday weekend crossword to occupy me.  Irritatingly I am left with a single clue laughing at me.

I went out into the garden in the early evening and was surprised to see black spots all over a mint plant by the greenhouse.

mint with spots

Closer inspection revealed that the spots were a myriad of little flying objects.

mint with flies

Curious.  They weren’t there in the morning.

I snapped a marigold which I thought looked nice….


…and then retired indoors again.  Mrs Tootlepedal made a delicious meal for our tea and I am now heading for a relaxing bath and an early bed as we have a cream tea at Chapelknowe to cycle to tomorrow and I want to be fit for that.

I did almost catch a flying bird.




Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

14 thoughts on “Back again

  1. It sounds as if you and I had similarly frustrating days while trying to use our tripods. That seems as though it would be very easy, one doesn’t even need to hold the camera, and you have all the time in the world to get the shot. But, that’s what bugs me, all the time in the world.

    It’s a shame that you didn’t get the shot of the bird in flight, as the one you almost got is spectacular!

  2. I thought the flying bird was very balletic. Sorry about your back though some people never learn if it was lifting the box of books that caused it.

  3. Great opening cosmos shot. Sorry about your back. Hope the pain wears off quickly and you don’t forget to benz i nees when lifting!

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