Today’s guest picture shows the wonderful “Trees” in the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. It was taken by Mike Tinker on his way home from NZ.
I managed to get out out on the bike and I set off after breakfast with an elastic view of how far I might go. After a week off the bike thanks to the weather, my knee wasn’t very happy at all at first but it soon remembered that it enjoyed cycling and settled down to some steady, painless work. I was less happy than my knee though and after 12 miles of being buffeted by the wind, I gave up and came home.
I went out past Paddockhole and when I saw a bright yellow field there….
When I got home, I had a wander round the garden to see if the sunny day had brought on some flowers. It had.
Established flowers were enjoying the sun too.
We have hung one of the old feeders on the variegated elder outside the sitting room window so Granny can enjoy watching the birds without me standing in front of her with a camera. The birds soon found it…
The starlings keep trying the new feeder but it doesn’t give them enough to hang onto and they have to flap like the clappers to stay on for long enough to get something to eat.
Mrs Tootlepedal made an excellent pan of mushroom soup for lunch which Granny enjoyed a lot. After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal did some serious pruning of the potentillas along the back wall of the house and I helped by putting some of the prunings though our shredder.
The aubretia beside the dam is looking delightful.
It was too good an afternoon to hang around though so I pedalled off to the Kilngreen and Castleholm on the slow bike in pursuit of dippers. I didn’t see a single dipper and saw but failed to take a photograph of two nuthatches who were making a lot of noise on a tree near the bridge. A chaffinch was sitting on a branch above my head and laughing at me.
I cycled back to the Kilngreen, pausing for another fruitless dipper watch on the way.
Mr Grumpy was posing on the water’s edge…
In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal and I left Granny to her own devices (watching the Chelsea Flower Show on the telly mostly) and went off to the penultimate rehearsal of our Langholm choir before our two concerts at the end of the month.
We worked hard and although our performances at the concerts will not be flawless, they will be all the better for a good two hour’s work tonight.
The flying bird of the day is a herring gull, high over the river at the Kilngreen.