Parkinson’s Law revised

Today’s guest picture was sent by my daughter in London and shows a splendid wild flower display in one of her local parks.

London parkIt was dry and not too cold but decidedly breezy when Dropscone and I went out for the morning run to Gair and back today.  We took it gently and I enjoyed the ride.  Dropscone is suffering from saddle soreness so didn’t enjoy the ride quite as much as me but this gave me a chance to take a phone photo of the lovely weather when we made a stop for him to adjust his saddle.

A grand day at GairThe photo was taken at Gair, our turning point.  It is a quiet spot.  In the background on the left of the picture you can just see a flat topped hill where the Romans once established a fort.  This is the most exciting thing that has happened locally in recent years.

The title of today’s post mentions Parkinson’s Law. Parkinson developed quite a few laws over time such as – any business opening a fancy new headquarters is always on the verge of collapse – but his most famous law was this:  Work expands to fill the time available.  I have found that this law needs some revision as I don’t work any more but somehow or other, everything I do expands to fill the time available.  I never have time to do all the things I want to do in spite of the fact that generally speaking, I have nothing to do.  It is most mysterious.

It is because of the workings of this law that I always seem to find myself writing the blog at midnight in spite of having had all day to do it and this may well explain the the slightly distracted air of my prose.

Still, I did find time for a walk round the garden after my post biking shower.  The strong wind made taking flower pictures a bit of a lottery.

A new clematis has appeared.
The Wren and special Grandma have produced new blooms.
And the astrantia is loving the weather.

Mrs Tootlepedal has gathered in her crop of impressively large swede turnips.

swedesWe will have to eat a lot of haggis.

Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden after lunch and I gave her an unskilled hand with a little shredding and then went off on a bird watching outing.

I went to the Kilngreen first where, luckily for me, a little girl with some bread scraps roused the gulls into a frenzy of flight.  I snapped away at all levels.

blackheaded gull
A blackheaded gull  on high
blackheaded gull
A blackheaded gull in the middle
blackheaded gull
A blackheaded gull near the water

Then I went up to the moorland bird feeders to see if the colder weather had brought any interesting newcomers to the feeders.  I found that the feeders hadn’t been filled and as a result there were no birds of any sort about at all.  As I was filling the feeders, the volunteer whose job it was to fill them arrived, having been to  busy to do it earlier.    We finished the task and I sat down to see what would happen next as she went off to do more busy things.

Nothing happened next apart from the appearance of the resident tame pheasants.

pheasantOne of the pheasants thought that it was a chaffinch and tried one of the feeders out.

pheasantI had never seen this before.  I stayed for a while but no small birds appeared at all so I gave up and went home.

I stopped on the way to visit a favourite section of wall at Broomholm.  It is a moss and lichen nature reserve.

moss and lichenmoss and lichenI was keeping an eye out for some autumn colour but things are staying resolutely green for the most part.

not autumn colourWhen I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal had at last finished her gardening and we sat down to a refreshing cup of tea and a slice of Selkirk Bannock.  I should add that I realise that Selkirk Bannnock doesn’t figure largely in the Mediterranean diet but I did eat a bunch of grapes too.

Then the twin tasks of looking at my pictures and cooking my tea expanded to fill the rest of the daylight hours and as darkness fell, I drove off to Carlisle to play with the recorder group.  Susan was busy at work so didn’t come and we played trios and quartets as a result but Roy, our librarian, had managed to find a very entertaining set of music for us, including some which we had never played before and we had an excellent evening of playing.

The flying bird of the day is one of those obliging gulls.

blackheaded gull

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “Parkinson’s Law revised

  1. I think you’ve caught pixie cup lichens (Cladonia pyxidata) fruiting in the lower left pane. That’s something I’ve never seen. I’m going to have to go looking for them now.
    Excellent shots of the flying gulls and seeing all of those wildflowers still blooming was a real treat!

  2. Some very amusing lines in this midnight post like this one:This is the most exciting thing that has happened locally in recent years. The black-headed gulls are very clean, crisp looking.

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed the little joke. It is a comfort when a commentator proves that they have actually read the blog and not just skimmed through the pictures, something of which I myself may have been guilty from time to time on a busy night.

  3. The lichens are loveable, and the gull flying bird of the day is an absolutely perfect photograph. Might be a winner in one of those competitions! Anyhow, I like it very, very much.

    1. I like it too but a judge might find it not sufficiently interesting. He or she would just see a common bird. You tend to be able to do better with flowers than birds in a competition.

  4. Parkinson was a wise man, for I too never have time to do all the things I want to do in spite of the fact that have very little to do.

    I also loved the astrantia, it has become my favorite flower from Mrs. T’s garden.

    1. It is not at all a showy flower and you might easily pass it by without registering how lovely it is. I certainly did for many years until I got a camera.

  5. As far as I can remember Parkinson’s Law starts with the case of the time taken by an elderly lady to find a postcard, write on it, find a stamp, stamp the card and post it – about half a day, though I forget if recovery time was allowed for. By this standard you are doing exceptionally well in packing in as much as you do day in and day out and remain an excellent example to others.

  6. Then when I became a man, Time ran
    And as I older grew, Time flew!
    The foliage is still amazingly green. Down here it is on the turn.

  7. The clematis is simply stunning. And the gulls, and the astrantia, and the pheasant…! As for Parkinson’s Law thank you for bringing my attention to it so now I have something on which to blame my time-less state. 🙂

  8. We haven’t noticed much autumn colour here either until today. Most of the trees have lost green leaves so far. Your photographs are all excellent – I love the feather detail on the pheasant, the seagulls, the astrantia and the lichens.

  9. Still so much lovely color in your garden. Beautiful roses and that astrantia shot is “killer” as the young people say these days. 🙂 Thank you for the pheasant photo, seeing a pheasant always brings back such good memories for me. Sad they have all but disappeared from our parts.

  10. I’m glad your gulls get plenty of bread too. My best gull and swan pictures have come courtesy of little girls with bags of bread. I love the pheasant, we had a tame golden pheasant when I was a child and they remind me a little of him. You managed some great lichen pictures too. Our trees have finally started to turn but I was wondering if it was ever going to happen too.

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