Today’s guest picture shows a view of the Thames taken from Richmond Hill by my sister Mary. It is hard to imagine that she was surrounded by the great London metropolis when she took it.
Although I had enjoyed my cycling yesterday, I was back in trouble with my hip today and spent a very quiet day at home as a result. It didn’t stop me walking about and doing one or two useful tasks but it was sore and my natural tendency to moan at every opportunity was given free reign.
I spent some time putting a warning about trichomonosis onto the Making the Most of the Moorland website. This is a disease that affects garden birds and we have seen quite a few cases of birds with it at our feeder recently. Having read the notes, it has become plain that I need to take more trouble to keep the risk of infection to the lowest possible level. I have been washing my feeders regularly but that in itself is not quite enough.
If any local readers want to know more, they should visit the Making the Most of the Moorlands website and follow the links there.
As sitting down makes my hip worse, I spent a lot of time wandering round the garden, sometimes with a mower to lean on and sometimes with a camera. By the end of the day, I had mowed all three grassy areas and taken a lot of pictures.
The theme of the day seemed to be pistils and stamens…
…and flowers beginning with the letter a.
Though I did advance through the alphabet as time went on.
I couldn’t help myself and took yet another picture of the most decorative plant in the garden.
Two new white flowers have arrived….
I put some straw round the strawberries and started put the netting on them while Mrs Tootlepedal constructed her sweet pea cage. Unless she goes for top security on peas and sweet peas, the sparrows nibble them to death before they get properly started.
I didn’t spend much time staring at birds today though I enjoyed a pair of doves in the plum tree.
The wing nuts on the feeder poles were of great interest to our visitors.
In the afternoon, Mrs Tootlepedal combined a visit to help with the disabled driving with a trip to the council dump. As she got a go on an electric bike at the driving and a nice young man came to help her dispose of her rubbish at the dump, she had a good time.
Sometimes I think that I spend too much time too close to my subjects so in the evening, I took some wider views of the garden to put things in perspective. The garden is divided into three sections, side by side in front of the house. Two of them are given over to decorative planting.
Mrs Tootlepedal has been cutting back the hedge at the entrance to the front lawn…
…and I think that she has done a good job in making the path more welcoming than it was.
There is always something going on at this time of year and we have seen the last of the daffodils and tulips (bar one or two just hanging on) and there is usually a colourful corner or two to replace them.
The border beside the middle lawn is home to a variety of shapes and shades.
We have had a couple of warmer and drier days and things are beginning to grow well.
The third section is given over to fruit and veg and I will get an overview of that on another day.
I didn’t waste the day entirely as I made a couple of loaves of bread and went to the Archive Centre with Sandy in the evening. Jean has been been quite ill and has been swept off to hospital and Sandy is still far from well so although I moan the most, I am currently in the best condition of all three of us. Mustn’t grumble.
The two doves took off from the plum tree and made a double flying bird of day.
I should note that unlike Tom Paxton, my lady is not a high flying dove, she is a low flying gardener.