Today’s guest picture is another from Liz’s visit to the Chelsea Flower show. It shows the much admired Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden. It is difficult to know what to think about it without actually being in it.
It was Dropscone’s 74th birthday today and he celebrated by going round his favourite 20 mile morning cycle ride but found it hard work as the wind has still not relented. He brought some of his Friday treacle scones round afterwards to be enjoyed with coffee. I was trying to take a birthday picture of him but he was too quick for me and I only got this fleeting glimpse as he cycled away.
After he had left, Granny and Mrs Tootlepedal and I left too but this time by car for a shopping trip to Carlisle. We visited Aldi and managed to pick up a modestly priced garden chair and a very, very attractively priced little back bag for my (fairly) speedy bike.
I hadn’t intended to buy the bag as I think it is a little too small for my requirements but it was so attarctively priced that I couldn’t resist it. I reckon that can pack a small tool kit, a spare tube, a medium banana and an egg roll into it as well as a lightweight rain jacket so it will answer well enough for trips under 50 miles. Looking at the picture above, you might well think that I need a new saddle too and you might well be right but it is hard to give up something that has been moulded by so many miles and is still pretty comfortable.
The morning was cold and windy and grey but by the afternoon, the sun had appeared and the temperature was finally at a reasonable level for the time of year, even in the wind. We made the most of it. Granny came out and supervised Mrs Tootlepedal at work on one of the borders.
There can be no better fun than playing with compost but my dodgy back means that I have to be careful to take things gently and the rest of the material will be moved in small stages. Of course then I will be able to move the stuff from bin B into Bin C. What joy.
I also mowed the middle and back lawns, easy work because of the dry conditions, and did some shredding so my horticultural enjoyment was complete.
I did need a little sit down with the crossword afterwards though.
By this time, it was so warm and pleasant that there was no alternative to a short cycle ride in spite of the persistent breeze. I repeated yesterday’s fourteen mile trip and thanks to both the warmth and starting in the afternoon instead of before breakfast, I was able to pedal a lot quicker today.
On account of the recent very cold and windy weather, I have done a very poor mileage in May and I can only hope that June is a kinder month. Last year I did just under 1400 miles in March, April and May. This year I will have done just under 1000 miles so there is some serious work to be done to get back to full fitness and that needs good weather as I don’t want to damage my new knee by charging about in inhospitable conditions.
A weather expert last night on the TV told us that the cold spell was caused by stormy Atlantic weather during the past winter. He wasn’t to hopeful that things would change so maybe today was another flash in the pan.
The garden responded to the warmth while it was around.
Mrs Tootlepedal has a lot of bluebells but she is sad that many of them are Spanish bluebells (left) and not our native bluebells (right). The Spanish bluebells take over from the natives and she is thinking of digging them up.
All in all, the day was one of promise.
In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and Alison and I played a few flute and keyboard sonatas and we both agreed that in spite of enjoying ourselves, a little practice wouldn’t go amiss before we play together again.
It was a busy day and I didn’t have much time to bird watch so the flying bird of the day is a composite leaping and diving great tit. A bit of a cheat but the best that I could do.