Today’s guest picture caught the eye of Bruce who was on a visit to Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. You may need to click on the picture to read it properly.
Today started with a visit to the dentist to check on the enduring toothache after my recent tooth extraction. The dentist peered into my mouth and said cheerily, “That’s good, you won’t need to go to hospital to have that treated.” My response was one of modified rapture as they say. Still, he says that the pain may go away in a week or two so that gives me something to look forward to.
It was damp early on and once again the garden was full of wet petals and leaves….
…but it soon dried up and turned into a very nice morning.
I made the most of it by mowing a lawn and taking some garden pictures.
Today’s new flower is another Iris. Mrs Tootlepedal really likes the white outline to each petal.
After lunch, I went out for a cycle ride as my joints were feeling a lot freer after my visit to the physio yesterday. The start of the ride was delayed as I had to deal with a flat tyre but once I got going, everything went well and the pleasant warmth of the sunshine was more than enough to compensate for the lively breeze.
I didn’t want to do any hill climbing so I did three laps of the the seven mile trip to Wauchope School and back, a very undemanding route, and finished in good order.
Mike Tinker was visiting when I got back. He and Alison have just got back from a week’s holiday in Wales and they enjoyed it so much that he has already booked a two week holiday in the same place for next year. We are still thinking about a holiday for this year and may get organised before it is too late….or we may not.
After a shower, I went for a little walk as it seemed too good a day to waste indoors and the forecast for the next few days is not promising.
Langholm is surrounded by four hills and I was able to see them all as I went round.
I started by crossing the Wauchope into the park…
…and walked along Gaskell’s Walk…
…until I came to the Auld Stane Brig…
…where I crossed the Wauchope again and joined the road that I had cycled along earlier in the afternoon to go back to the town. I had one more river to cross…
…and a lot of wild flowers in the verges to enjoy.
In the evening, I went with Susan to Carlisle to play recorders. As we drove in, we passed the bus bringing my daughter Annie from the station in Carlisle to stay with us for a couple of days.
The recorder playing was enjoyable, the sunset on the way home was delightful…
…and the presence of Annie when I got home rounded off a day that had started gloomily, improved by the hour and ended just about perfectly.
After a complete failure to provide a flying bird recently, a flock of homing pigeons at exercise allowed me to have many flying birds of the day today.