Today’s guest picture comes from my daughter Annie.  When I saw it, I wondered if she had gone to Holland but it turned out that she was just wandering on Wimbledon Common in the heart of London.

Wimbledon CommonNot only did she have windmills on her walk but she had sun too.  There was no sun here today at all and with the temperature back down to a stingy thirteen degrees C and a brisk and chilly wind blowing, it wasn’t a day that made you want to go outside very much.

I did go to visit Mrs Tootlepedal in the greenhouse and was pleased to see the first tomato flower of the year while I was there.

tomato flowerWe will need a bit more heat if we are to see any tomatoes though.

I put a grey day to use by working indoors, first entering another week of the newspaper index into the database and then preparing more of the fund raising cards.

I did venture outside to stretch my legs from time to time.

There is a striking contrast between the last rhododendron to come out…

rhododendrons…and the first….

rhododendrons…which is now almost over.

I had another go at the musk beside the pond….

musk…which looks as though it might have a sore throat.

There are irises all over the garden at the moment….

iris…but my favourites are the bunch which provide a backdrop for one of our benches.

bench with irisesI was surprised by a low flying object as I wandered around.

aircraftIt always amazes me that they can fly these big aircraft so close to our roofs and still miss our surrounding hills.

I recovered my equanimity and went off to find the most beautiful flower in the garden.

astrantiaOn my way back in, I looked at the clematis at the back door and enjoyed its extravagance.

clematisAfter lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help with the driving for the disabled and I pottered around outside, doing some leisurely (and well wrapped up) weed killing, lawn mowing and compost sieving until a light drizzle persuaded me to go back indoors.  Luckily there was a little tennis on the telly to help me pass the time and watching Andy Murray is always fun, even when he is not at his best.

Throughout the day, there was a constant stream of sparrows at the feeder.  We must be feeding several families.

sparrowsOccasionally other birds got a look in….

chaffinch..but the chaffinch decided pretty smartly that it was time to go.

chaffinchA great tit has been visiting us regularly but infrequently lately so I was pleased to be in the right place at the right time today.

great titBut mostly the sparrows kept coming.

sparrowsWhen the tennis was over, I put a second week of the newspaper index into the database and finished off the cards.  They just need neat packing now and I will take them up to the town tomorrow I hope.

Mrs Tootlepedal was hoping to go to Carlisle in the evening to see a performance by our local youth theatre group commemorating the work of the girls who worked in the cordite factory at Gretna during the first world war but it has been so well received that she found that it was sold out and so she had to stay at home instead.

I went out to the Archive Centre with Sandy and we put a couple more weeks of the index into the database and a cold and gloomy day at least let me put a dent into my database backlog.  It’s an ill wind….

The flying bird of the day is another of those incessant sparrows.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “Re-clouting

  1. Beautiful pictures, and I love the birds. Great shots..

    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

  2. I agree with your selection of the most beautiful flower in the garden!

    If there’s a plus side to bad weather, it’s that you can keep up with your indoor activities, but let’s hope that you fall even further behind in your archiving.

  3. What a useful day. Sorry Mrs T could not get a ticket for her play.
    Unexpected view on Wimbledon Common!

  4. Yes, I do think that is the most beautiful flower choice. It makes me think of a jewelled brooch. I am enjoying these wonderful close-ups of colourful flowers and your bird shots are always enjoyed. Thank you. 🙂

  5. The bench’s floral backdrop is very lovely. Sorry your tomatoes are so slow; I have a couple that are growing like gangbusters, and oddly enough, they’re the ones in pots.

  6. I can see why you like the Iris by the bench, the flowers bring out the faded bench colour and it all looks perfect. The planes coming in to land here always make me hold my breath, they look like they will hit the trees every time but they never do.

  7. I always call the country the Netherlands and not Holland as Holland is only a part of the area. It’s like calling Britain England.

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