No guest picture today as a portrait of a mother and daughter takes pride of place.
After a late breakfast, I sneaked out for a pedal before Granny got up. I was feeling rather tired and was pleased not to be trying to keep up with Dropscone but I hadn’t gone far before I met him on his way home after a spin round the traditional morning run.
We stopped for a few words and he revealed that he too was feeling the strain a bit after driving over two hundred miles yesterday to play a game of golf and as a result, he was a minute or two slower than his usual pace.
I was a lot slower than my usual pace, partly because I was not at my peak and partly because I stopped from time to time to take pictures of some of the wild flowers that brightened up my journey. Although the grasses are the chief occupiers of the verges, there are splashes of colour still to be found.
The hedge roses are the best that I have ever seen them this year.
There was only one spot where there were more flowers than grasses.
I could go out again and take another ten different varieties so although my ride was lacking in speed, it certainly wasn’t lacking interest.
The rest of the day was spent either mowing lawns or working on the quiz for the choir social in the evening. I mowed two and a half lawns and managed another forty questions for the quiz so that I ended up with seventy overall, which is quite enough for a social quiz (as opposed to a quiz night where you need a hundred teasers).
I sneaked a look at some birds whenever I passed the kitchen window.
I also walked round the garden while Mrs Tootlepedal showed granny round. The flowers are enjoying the weather as much as we are.
I was going to watch a bit of Andy Murray’s tennis match at Wimbledon but for once, he didn’t keep us on tenterhooks and the match finished almost before I had sat down.
In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal stayed in to keep Granny company and I went off to the Cricket Club for the Langholm Sings end of season social. This turned out to be a very cheery affair with excellent food and good conversation. The quiz was well received and with the scores varying from 50% to 80% correct, it seemed to have been of about the right difficulty for a social quiz. This is not always easy to get right.
I stayed for longer than I expected and this has lead to another late night. I will have to get myself better organised and get most of the blog written before I go out in the evenings.
I did get a flying bird of a sort again today.
I am going to put the seed feeder back up tomorrow and see if the finches come back and if they are looking healthy. If they do and they are, I will keep it up.