Today’s guest picture comes from the phone of Mrs Tootlepedal and shows Matilda with her mother enjoying the beach at Portobello this morning.
As you will gather, Mrs Tootlepedal left after breakfast to visit Matilda in Edinburgh and in her absence, I put a really lovely summer day to good use. Once again it was a bit hot for me to be outside all day so inside, out of the sun, I managed to catch up with my correspondence, pay some bills, book the rooms for next season’s camera club and put together some cards of views of Langholm for the newspaper shop to sell which will raise some funds for the Archive Group. Outside, I put the mower blades down to a summer height and mowed the middle lawn, sawed some logs and sieved a bit of compost. As a result of all this, I was generally feeling pretty virtuous.
It didn’t take me long to scupper any happy notions though. I went to correct a set of 34 errors in the Archive database and through sheer stupidity, managed to correct the 34 but falsify 360 other entries at the same time. You would think that by my age, I would be able to use ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ signs correctly.
Only a visit from a starling youngster cheered me up.
I went up to the town to deliver the cards and buy some honey and that filled up the morning nicely.
The weather continued to be absolutely glorious.
In the afternoon, I got in touch with Sandy and we agreed that a walk would be just the thing. He had been for a cycle ride in the morning and I didn’t want to do too much so we settled for an undemanding short walk from Whitshiels up a favourite track and back down the road.
There was lots to see as ever.
The broom was very brilliant.
We passed masses of blue flowers on our way up the track….
I was hoping to see a thistle in flower but this was the nearest that we came to it. A cheerful lichen on a roadside wall made up for my disappointment.
We were very surprised to see a pair of mallards high up on the hill, They were surprised to see us too.
The combination of open moor, deciduous and coniferous trees and a background of gentle hills is most appealing to me.
Owing to the heat, our walk was taken at a very gentle pace and I didn’t have time for much more than a little research on how I was going to correct my database disaster before Mrs Tootlepedal returned from Edinburgh. Mrs Tootlepedal was no sooner in than she was out again, going to a WRI meal in Newcastleton while I went off with Sandy to the Archive Centre where the task of correcting the errors was started. It is not going to be so bad as I feared and all should be in order by the end of the day tomorrow.
Matilda is very happy about that.
The good weather is set to last for one more day and then the forecasters say that temperature is going to drop ten degrees and the wind will return. We have enjoyed this week a lot and will be sorry to see it go.
The flying bird of the day is an energetic chaffinch.