Today’s guest picture come from Mary Jo in Manitoba. It shows the first flower on her Christmas Cactus. She adds, “It’s a ridiculously large plant that someone gave to me after halving the original plant with an axe.”
I didn’t linger though and putting all thoughts of enjoyment aside, I went in and finished the corrections to the mess that I made of the Archive database last week. It didn’t take as long as I feared and I made sure that I didn’t add any more mistakes as I went along.
Having done that, I turned my thoughts to more sympathetic activities and went out and mowed the middle lawn.
Then it was back in to put a fresh week of the newspaper index into the database.
I didn’t have much time to look out of the kitchen window.
I made a pan of lentil soup for my lunch and did some weed killing and strimming while it was cooking.
I was entertained by a young starling after lunch. It has learned to feed itself….
I left the birds and went back to the computer to print out cards and photographs of local views to make up into little packs which our local paper shop will sell. This raises money for the Archive Group. I didn’t make up the packs as I wanted to squeeze a cycle ride in.
When I got out, it turned out to be quite a bit more windy that I expected with gusts over 20 mph making life hard. The breeze encouraged me to stop and admire the wild flowers as I went along.
I only cycled five miles into the wind before returning to Langholm but I did go through the town and out of the other side.
We have an adventure weekend coming up in a few days in the town and one of the events is a cycle hill climb so I thought that I would test my legs by trying the climb. It showed that I wasn’t in any state to give it a real go as I struggled to get up a decent speed on the climb. I did get to the top though and looked into the valley beyond.
Once back down the hill, I cycled through the town again and did six miles up to Wauchope School and back. I made another couple of stops on the way.
I ended up with 21 miles and 1400ft of climbing so I was happy with that in spite of rather slow progress.
Once home, I had a walk round the garden.
I tend to concentrate on single flower shots and I neglect some of the fine clumps that brighten up the garden. Here are some ox eye daisies.
Mrs Tootlepedal got home safely and after tea, it was my turn to go off as Susan drove me down to Carlisle for a recorder group meeting. We are playing two spots as guests in a choir concert early next month so we were working hard. Each spot is supposed to be ten minutes and when we played through our first half pieces (with gaps for what we hope will be enthusiastic applause), they came to 10 minutes and 30 seconds. We were quite pleased. The second half needed trimming though.
The flying bird of the day is one of the busy sparrows.