Better late than never

Today’s guest picture comes from my neighbour Gavin who is on a walking holiday in Norfolk. His picture shows a working windmill in the village of Weybourne, which they came to at the end of a ten mile walk.

weybourne windmillWe had plenty of wind to spare here today but as the thermometer was showing summer temperatures at last and the skies were largely blue, we didn’t mind a bit of breeze at all.  We are having a visit from my eldest sister Susan for the next few days so the morning was spent in preparation for this welcome event.

There was time for a little garden wander too of course.

The first of the delphinums has come out. They have generally been quite modest in height in the cool weather this year but this one is towering over Mrs Tootlepedal.

delphiniumLilian Austin has appeared in all her glory.  This is one of my favourite roses.

Lilian Austin roseWhat do you get when an oriental poppy sheds its petals? The icing on the cake.

poppyThe intrusive camera reveals that the tiny individual florets on an astrantia are each apparently grown on a set of pipe cleaners.

astrantiaThe complexity of some flowers is a wonder to me.  The bees just get stuck in.

bee on chive
This bee likes chives

Mrs Tootlepedal went off to do some shopping and I popped out on the fairly speedy bike to try to cycle fifteen miles in an hour.  I managed it  with about 10 seconds to spare.  On my way, I had another chance to enjoy the very smooth new surface on the road to Cleuchfoot and this had the added bonus of a gate at my turning point.

gate at CleuchfootWhen I got back, I had some time to sieve a little more compost and consider how best to treat the middle lawn.  There are always options.  I might be trying scarifying, buck-u-uppo, weed and feed, mowing or watering…..they all have their pluses and minuses and after quite a bit of cogitation and weighing up the options, I decided to do nothing at all.

The birds were very active at the feeder all day and there was often keen competition for a place at the table.

busy feederbusy feederIn fact so heavy was the traffic that I didn’t realise that we had been visited by a redpoll until I noticed it at the very top of the picture below when I looked at it on the computer.

redpollInstead of lawn care, I had another garden wander..

Mrs Tootlepedal was filling up the pond with a little fresh water and this had brought a small army of tadpoles out above the weed to enjoy the sunshine.

tadpolesI don’t know whether this is a fresh batch or whether they have just been sulking in the bottom of the pond during the cold weather, refusing to develop.

The irises behind the bench are beginning to go over and I took this last shot to say goodbye to them.

irisAs they go, a very showy clematis is appearing nearby.

clematisAnd we have had the first sighting of Crown Princess Margareta too.

Crown Princess MargaretaI finished off my wander with a close look at a pink.

pinkIt looked to me like a stylised depiction of doves in paper collage.

The business of the afternoon was going to Carlisle to pick up Susan from the station.  This should have been quite straightforward but we were not far from the station when we received a rather curious text message to say that she was delayed and had only  got as far as Preston.  I tried to ring her but I couldn’t get through. This left us with an hour to kill so we turned back and went to a nearby garden centre where we purchased a few useful things and some cheese from the expensive farm shop.

After a cup of coffee, we went on to the station but couldn’t find any mention of her train at all.  Luckily a gentleman standing near as we quizzed an official told us that his daughter was on the train and the passsengers had been decanted at Preston and were now on the next train.  Susan arrived on this second train an hour and a quarter after she should have been there but she had borne the delay with equanimity and we were pleased to finally see her so we drove home quite cheerfully.

The situation had been made more difficult by the fact that neither her nor my mobile phone was working.  The curious text message had been sent by a helpful young man on the train. As we had both received and installed updates this morning, we assumed that that was the cause of the difficulty  but when I looked at my account on line, I found that the company has not deducted my most recent direct debit from my bank account and is claiming that I owe them money.  I foresee tedious times ahead on the customer service line tomorrow.

Still it is very good to see Susan and catch up on all the family news.

The flying bird of the day is a greenfinch getting  away from the disputes at the feeder

greenfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

31 thoughts on “Better late than never

  1. A few days ago I also was surprised to see lots of tadpoles in my pond I didn’t know had been there. My theory is that they are Darwinian survivors of attacks by backswimmers which had taken refuge in the depths until they were fast enough to get away. That and enticement to the top by warmer weather.
    I thought your poppy icing was a sea anemone or a starfish until I had fully scrolled the picture into view.
    I hope you all enjoy the sibling get-together.

  2. I hope you have an enjoyable time with your sister especially as the weather seems to have taken a turn for the better! I enjoyed seeing the close-up view of the astrantia.

  3. I’ve seen delphiniums get to about six feet tall but that one looks even taller.
    The pink blossoms are amazing!
    I hope you’ll have a good visit with your sister. She’s quite a traveler and should have plenty of good stories to share.

  4. Lovely photos today; I particularly enjoyed the icing on the cake and the gate at your turn around point. Hooray for the obliging young man on the train, keeping you in the loop and good luck for the impending cell phone company wrangle. Farewell to the irises, still looking lovely in their final hours, and hello to Susan – looking forward to reading of your combined adventures 🙂

  5. I do love the “icing on the cake” picture and the close-up of the bee is impressive. A lovely collection again. I do sympathise about the phone account problems. It is tedious. Hello to Susan and I hope you have an enjoyable catch up together.

      1. Well, they are much better than mine. But I understand what you mean. I see the professional insect photography sites where they focus on macrophotography and it can be disheartening but then I remember that my friends still enjoy the pictures though. Your pictures are excellent, Tom and enjoyed by many. 🙂

  6. It was a stroke of bad luck that the train was delayed at the same time that your phone was out of order. Good luck with your efforts to clear the matter of the payment up, I hope.

    The photos of the flowers and birds were great as always, the astrantia, roses and the pink were my favorites of the day.

  7. How fortunate I was to be met despite being so late, I hope to have the price of my ticket reimbursed in due course. I was given a walk around the garden, what a treat.

  8. Wonderful close ups from your colourful garden.
    Sorry about the delayed train and mobile phone debacles!

  9. Fabulous macros, once again! I love how you give me a glimpse of the inner-workings of the flowers. Gorgeous! Also, I’m so excited to see the roses reappearing. Perfect description of the pink, great imagery!

    Enjoy your company and I hope you get everything straightened out with your cell service without too much of a headache. Thankfully our carrier has “live chat” on their web site which I have found is much quicker for resolving issues that waiting on hold on the phone.

      1. A blessing to be sure! One never knows with cell companies. I always hate going in to the store for a new phone or upgrade of service, buying a new cell phone requires more time and paperwork than a new car!

  10. Our iris finished blooming some weeks back – they came out early this year.

    Beautiful assortment of photos. Cool and colorful in your part of the world. 95 degrees here yesterday.

    Love the little tadpoles!

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