Today’s guest picture shows my friend Bruce’s dog Guthrie relaxing in Sheffield where he is on holiday. He had two walks yesterday and felt the need of a little lie down.
As my knee was still sore, I was in full Guthrie mode today and did very little of note. Another cold, windy, grey day helped ease the pain of having to waste time. I did put a couple of weeks of the newspaper index into the database so that was a plus point.
I set the camera up on the tripod again so I didn’t have to stand around holding it up but the gloomy weather made good bird shots impossible. I clicked away though.
It was very windy again and the roses and delphiniums are getting a battering but the day lilies are coming out as though there might be going to be no tomorrow.
I tested out the knee with a walk round the back of the house….
It is looking quite colourful along the back wall.
Going back to the front, I had another look at the alstroemeria, which I think are well worth a repeat viewing.
…is welcome, but these flowers bring a definite late summer air to the garden which is most unsatisfactory because we haven’t had a proper spring yet, let alone early summer. It feels as though this year is going to be over before it has started. I shall be interested to see the Met Office statistics when they come out.
After lunch, I tottered up to the High Street, sold a few Archive Group postcards to the paper shop and settled down for two hours of dispensing wise advice to tourists in our new tourist information office, which is ideally situated in the heart of the town.
Had there been any tourists, my advice would have been indispensable but since there weren’t any, it was useless.
The problem of getting tourists to visit this beautiful corner of Scotland seems insoluble. It would need huge investment to get tourists but without tourists, you can’t get investment.
I tottered home again, even more slowly than I had come out and watched the Open Golf.
In the evening, my flute pupil Luke came and we had a very productive practice. He has really got the idea that he needs to work at improving things himself and not rely on me to tell him all the time. His counting was (almost) flawless this week.
After tea, I went off to play with Mike and Isabel and we had a most enjoyable evening. I drove up to see how my knee and driving got on together and took another little tour afterwards. The results were promising and I hope to drive to Lockerbie tomorrow so that I can catch the train to Edinburgh and visit Matilda.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.