Today’s guest picture was taken by Venetia on our recent tour with her. It shows a fine set of foxgloves near Hopsrig.
The recent wind and rains have battered the delphiniums so severely that Mrs Tootlepedal is thinking of not growing them again but there are still quite a few standing…..
The first dahlia of the year has appeared in all its gaudy glory.
Our lone gooseberry bush is doing well and both our neighbour Liz and Scott, the minister, dropped by during the day to collect a little of its bounty. There is still plenty left for me so well has it cropped this year.
In the early afternoon, I left Mrs Tootlepedal to keep an eye on the Tour de France for me and went off to the White Yett in the car. Today was the day of the Castle Craigs ride out and my plan was to take a picture or two to celebrate this event.
I left the car and walked up the track towards the monument. There was plenty to see on the way.
And the side of the track was lined with thistles.
I got to a spot on the hillside where I could look down to the town in the valley below…
The Castle Craigs ride starts in the Market Square and the riders gallop up the Kirk Wynd before assembling on the hill….
They collect at the Castle Craigs (hence the name of the ride)….
…before setting off back along the track….
…and a last piece of bog cotton…
It soon started to rain so I was glad that I had not followed the riders any further.
I had thought of another short cycle ride but the combination of walking over some very rough ground following the horses and the intermittent rain persuaded me that this was not a particularly good idea so I didn’t go out.
My knee is steadily improving and I hope to give it a good test soon.
Later, I dug up three more early potatoes and was pleased to find no slug damage on them at all. Long may this happy state of affairs continue. I picked a few broad beans and had them and some of the potatoes with a lamb stew for my tea.
If it doesn’t rain too much tomorrow, I am going to start picking the blackcurrants as I notice that the birds have got ahead of me there and there may not be many left if I delay any longer.
I found a flying chaffinch in the rain.