Today’s guest picture comes from Tom, my South African correspondent. The picture shows a view of the mountains seen from Worcester in the Western Cape area and was taken on his phone.
I had a traditional wander round the garden after breakfast to see what was what. The aquilegias have lasted very well and are still a treat…
There was just time to do the crossword after Dropscone left before we had to get ready to go down to Canonbie where my old school was celebrating the fact that the school secretary had racked up 25 years of service. Lesley is a wonderful woman and a truly admirable secretary so I was very happy to go down with Mrs Tootlepedal to give her a well merited round of applause.
As we got out of the car, two of my ex colleagues appeared…
Canonbie Primary school was an traditional school when I was head teacher there 30 years ago but now it is part of a ‘cluster’ with Langholm Primary and Langholm Academy. The cluster head teacher was at the function and he sat down and chatted with us over a cup of tea. I had never met him before and was delighted to find that he was a very approachable and sensible chap.
We also chatted with Emma, an ex pupil who was in my son Alistair’s class and now has two children of her own in the school. She thinks that the school is very good and her only complaint about it these days is that they don’t teach the recorder any more.
When we got home, it was wet and windy and all thoughts of a cycle ride were put to one side. Mrs Tootlepedal did some desultory gardening in the gaps between the rain and I settled down to select and print ten photographs for an exhibition that our camera club is putting on at The Hub in Eskdalemuir in July. I am mostly saying it with flowers this year.
I popped out from time to time to see what Mrs Tootlepedal was up to but it was too soggy to do any mowing or compost sieving so I took a picture or two…
…and went back inside. When you have literally hundreds to choose from, picking ten is quite hard work.
I didn’t have much time to stare out of the window today but I liked the punk haircut on this chaffinch.
In the evening, Mike and Alison came round. They have been in Wales and while she is on holiday there, Alison always likes to have a ratch about in a favourite second hand book shop with a good music department. This year she came back with a very enjoyable set of divisions (variations) on Greensleeves arranged by Arnold and Carl Dolmetsch and first published in 1939. This piece turned out not only to be tuneful but quite easy to play so it was a winner on both counts.
The flying bird of the day is a rather damp chaffinch.