Today’s artistic guest picture was sent to me by a fellow blogger Marie who saw a guest picture from my daughter-in-law of a cruise ship in Leith and was reminded of the days when she worked in the cruise business. It shows the Swan Hellenic ship, Minerva.
We had a cool and dry morning to greet us today. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help create a sound recording of the local newspaper for the benefit of customers who cannot read it for themselves and then disappeared in the direction of Edinburgh to visit the world’s greatest baby.
I got out the (fairly) speedy bike and embarked on a circular trip. The little map on the right shows a gap in the circle which was caused by my failure to start recording the journey until I was two miles out. (You can click on the map for details of the ride.)
This route had only two thirds of the climbing that my last excursion had and this was fortunate as my legs were a bit equivocal about cycling today. They were fine as long as I didn’t tax them at all but they began to grumble if I asked them to put a bit of effort in.
Still, the views as always were very enjoyable as I went round so I didn’t mind taking a bit of time. The farmers are busy cutting the grass and these cylindrical bales were to be seen on all sides.
After some suitable refreshment, I took a walk round the garden. Mrs Tootlepedal has been a bit aggrieved that her packet of mixed poppies hasn’t produced any white so it was typical that on the day when she was away, several mainly white poppies appeared.
As I was taking these pictures, a blackbird kept an eye on me.
The most colourful spot in the garden is the bed at the end of the drive. It has nicotiana, cosmos, phlox and sunflowers.
After lunch and a look out of the kitchen window…
…it was time to go to the Tourist Information Point at the Kilngreen. I wasn’t expecting to do any informing but to my surprise, I had eight visitors. I have to admit that six of these came in as one family and one of those was in a pushchair and didn’t need any information except to find out when they could go out again.
I was going to go down to the waterside to check on Mr Grumpy when I locked up but some very dark clouds persuaded me to cycle straight home. It was a good thing that I did because we soon had a heavy shower.
The day brightened up again though and I was able to mow the middle lawn. Because of the frequent wet weather I have had to put the cutters on the mower up and this has let weeds spring up. A close cut keeps the weeds down without the need for weed killer and when I look at the lawns now, I shed a little tear for the glory of July when they looked just as a lawn should look.
The plums are ripening very well and thanks to an unplanned surplus of milk, we are now living mostly on plums and semolina.
A hovering chaffinch is the flying bird of the day.