Today’s guest picture comes from Fiona, my Newcastle correspondent. She has been forced to go and work in Malta for a while and is having to put up with surroundings like these.
We had another lovely day here today, genuinely warm and with gentle winds. I would like to have used it to go cycling but the pressing need to have a lie in wasted the early part of the morning and then the pleasure of entertaining Dropscone, who was also recovering from yesterday’s efforts, took up the next hour. This was followed by a visit to the health centre for some regular maintenance and before I knew it, the morning had gone.
After lunch, my plan was to have a quick visit to the Moorland bird feeders and follow that with a bike ride. As a plan, it wasn’t one of my most successful.
When I got to the road to the bird feeders, I found that teams of pothole fillers were hard at work and while this is a very welcome activity, it put paid to my scheme for a little bird watching. Watching men filling potholes is not so much fun as spotting woodpeckers so I came home.
Once home, something in the air got my asthma interested and far from cycling, I needed a quick sit down. This was enhanced by a good snooze and the desire for a pedal had evaporated by the time that I woke up. I was some what recovered though and managed to mow the middle lawn and sieve a little compost so the day wasn’t entirely wasted.
In the absence of any adventures, my exploring was limited to the garden. There was enough there to keep me fully entertained.
There was activity in the pond.
I always keep an eye for new flowers and although I am not entirely happy to see them in the middle of the front lawn, these daises looked very cheery.
In the evening I went off to our local choir practice and had a most enjoyable sing. Mrs Tootlepedal spent almost the whole day working on the floor in the front room and was still working in the evening and as a result, she missed the choir. Still, her work is paying off and the floor is going to look very good when she has finished.
The only fly in the ointment of the end wall development is to be found in one of the old sandstone blocks which we saved from the old fireplace and re-used in the new one. The plaster beside it is not drying and when our project manager came round with his nifty damp-meter, the reason for this became clear. The old block is still very wet after years in a leaking end wall. We will just have to be patient while it dries out but it does mean that the decorating won’t be finally finished for quite a bit yet. The room will be quite usable though and Mrs Tootlepedal plans to start moving the furniture back in tomorrow.
Mr reason for wanting to visit the Moorland bird feeders was the lack of birds in our own garden but I did manage to find a flying bird of the day as the shadows lengthened in the evening.