Done and dusted

Today’s guest picture shows a colourful corner of my daughter’s garden on Monday.  As she is in Cannes at the moment, it is having to get on without her.

Annie's gardenI personally had a very quiet day in contrast to the loud and windy weather outside.  After a night of rain, it was at least dry, although we only got very infrequent moments of sunshine.

I put a dull day to good use by doing some vacuuming, dusting and window cleaning.  Now that the front room is watertight, we are trying to make sure it is well looked after.  I also made some soup, mowed the grass round the green house and on the drying green and put a week of the newspaper index into the database so although I didn’t work up any great speed at any time, at least I was generally employed usefully for once.

In between times, instead of staring out of the kitchen window, I walked round the garden once or twice.

Things were rather yellow today.

yellow flowersyellow flowersOther colours were available.

white flowersapple blossomlithospermum and euphorbiaBut the most striking flower was yellow.

tulipMrs Tootlepedal, stopped tidying up inside after lunch and started to to some tidying up in the garden instead.  She showed me an interesting looking thing.  We think it might be a slime mold.

slime moldIn spite of the threat of rain, I went for a walk in the second part of the afternoon.  I was in search of garlic and bluebells.  There was garlic….

garlic…and bluebells….

bluebells…but neither of them are at their full glory so I will just have to try again later.  The rain stayed away and the walk was very pleasant though…

beechy plains…and there was much to please the eye along the way, both in the way of wild flowers and mosses.

flower and mossThere were bluebells here and there wherever I walked….

bluebellSome of them were being visited by very orange coloured bees but I couldn’t get one to stop long enough for a picture.

I thoroughly enjoyed a rabbit giving a living example of lying low.  It saw me and having decided that I was between it and safety, it just sat very still indeed and hoped that I would go away.

rabbitI went away so its scheme worked.

At Pool Corner, near the end of my walk, I checked up on the slow worm shelters.

There were lots of little ones.slow wormsAnd one big one.

slow wormWhen I got back home, Mrs Tootlepedal had been at work in the garden but had been driven inside by the nagging, inhospitable wind.

I enjoyed a cup of tea and looked out of the window at some nice colour combinations instead of my usual birds.

garden colourI did see a bird or two as well.  The goldfinches were still going on at each other.

goldfinchesNear the feeder, Mrs Tootlepedal has put in a hellebore which seems to be enjoying life in spite of the wet and windy weather.

helleboreIt is not the world’s most exciting flower but it repays closer inspection.

helleboreIn the evening, my flute pupil Luke came.  His mother came too and asked if we would like to play a few simple duets at a musical evening at The Hub at the end of the month.  We boldly said that we would so we will have to practice hard.

After yesterday’s fine display of wing feathers, the birds were keeping themselves to themselves to day and so we have a wingless flying goldfinch of the day.

flying goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

44 thoughts on “Done and dusted

  1. What a splendid array of beautiful pictures especially the floral ones. Well done for agreeing to play some flute duets, Luke must be really excited.

  2. The airy, lacy effect of new spring leaves against the dark trunks of trees along the forest path is among my favorites. That looks like a beautiful walk! But such a visual feast of spring photos in general! I looked up slow worms, they are not native to the Americas, so I suppose that is why I have never seen one here. Your flying goldfinch seems to be smiling at the camera as he sails by. Thank you once again for the delightful view of your countryside. 🙂

  3. I think that is a slime mold but I’m not sure which one. If it wasn’t so red my guess would be scrambled egg slime mold (Fuligo septica.)
    That moss is amazing. I’ve never seen one with that color spore capsules, but I’d sure like to.
    I like the spring green trees over the path and the bluebells. Every time I see your woods carpeted with them I wish we had them here.

  4. Life is always cheery when you can gaze on a yellow flower 🙂 Congratulations on the “gig” at a most esteemed establishment (with good coffee!). I’m not sure about those slow worms…I can admire the colouring, the sheen, the form etc separately but all rolled into one being makes my insides shudder and my entire being shrieks, “snake!”

  5. The garden and wildflowers are lovely, but I especially admire the bluebells. I’d love to walk through a forest carpeted by them. How beautiful. The slow worms are very interesting with the patterns on the young ones and the adult more plain. Birds, slime mould, moss, landscapes, rabbits, flowers and landscapes… It’s always a surprise and a treat to see what you share each day.

  6. It seems I picked a perfect day to come visiting, Tom. Your garden is so beautiful! My Hellebores are spent, but not forgotten. They have turned green and will hang on long into the summer before drying out and turning to seeds. Your picture tells me that next year I have to make a plan to get down and get a closer look when they are in their prime.
    Can you please share with me what the purple flowers are in the foreground of your daughter’s garden?

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