After yesterday’s lack of a guest picture, I have had many kind offers which I will get to in time but this one from my younger son, showing the world’s most elegant young lady, had to go in first.
I woke up full of aches and pains and although I am well known for my abilty to suffer in silence, I might have broken several national and international records for mooching about and moaning today. I did put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and was slightly cheered by finding that it was the first for 1891, meaning that another year had been ticked off.
I was also amused by a blue tit doing ‘chin-ups’ outside the kitchen window.
It did manage to pull itself up in the end.
On the whole, though, it wasn’t a very productive morning.
After lunch I looked out of the window for a short while….
…before deciding to see how good Dr Velo might be at curing my ailments. As usual, the good doctor turned up trumps. As soon as I got on the fairly speedy bike, the aches and pains slipped away and I found that both my legs and my lungs were perfectly in tune and ready for fun.
Because I wasn’t certain how well I would go, I had settled on doing the roughly six and half miles to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back three times, the least strenuous way of doing twenty miles that I know. Some might think that doing the same route three times is boring but I find it quite satisfactory as it lets me challenge myself to improve on my times for each segment as I go along. Today I went up to Wauchope Schoolhouse slightly faster on each repetition and came back down the hill only marginally slower each time. This resulted in a very cheering average speed (for me at least) and I was completely cured of any tendency to moan at all by the time that I got home. Mrs Tootlepedal was quite pleased by this.
I then spent some time watching professional cyclists on the telly cycling at twice the speed that I managed.
Although a very light rain had started, I took a quick walk round the garden before tea.
The most surprisingly pretty flower in the garden at the moment is this hosta.
The hostas in general are flowering profusely.
I couldn’t go past the tropaeolum on the yew without recording another formation of flying flower buds…
…on their way to becoming flowers like these.
They too seem to have enjoyed the damp conditions.
Mrs Tootlepedal had once again spent a lot of the day hard at work in the garden and among her many other tasks, she had made a very neat job of the lawn edges.
I had dug up a row of Mrs Tootlepedal’s early potatoes yesterday and in spite of the wet, they were slug free and in good condition. By chance, each seed potato had produced a crop of exactly twelve…
…a rate of return which would surely please even the greediest financier.
I had some of them for my tea today and they tasted very good so a day which had started out in great gloom, ended up with great satisfaction.
A siskin once again appears as flying bird of the day.
36 thoughts on “Another miracle cure”
Matilda looks a poses like a movie star! 🙂
A gorgeous Guest Photograph today Mr Tootlepedal.
Pleased that your day ended better. The garden is looking lovely.
The day couldn’t have got worse. It was high time that I pulled myself together.
Wow. That looks like beautiful, healthy, rich soil those potatos grew in! Happy plants all, I bet.
Growing potatoes always improves the soil.
The tropaeolum is so very unusual – lovely.
My friend Mike Tinker has a wonderful specimen in his garden. I should go round and take a picture of it.
Matilda looks so cool! 🙂 Your garden flowers are beautiful. I was most impressed by your photograph of the Ligularia.
It came out well.
I well know that feeling of waking up with aches and pains. Glad that they were overcome by some fun. Love the tropaeolum!
It might be overtaking Fuchsia as my favourite red flower.
Am impressed by your ability to inject so much positivity into a potential ‘under-the-duvet day’. New,new potatoes are hard to beat,
Lying down is no better than sitting around and groaning.
A miracle cure indeed! I may have to try that, there are a few mornings lately when I haven’t felt as good as I used to. Despite the rain, the flower photos today came out excellent!
Cycling is wonderful exercise, I can thoroughly recommend it.
What a splendid crop of pots. Good that some things thrive in your poor summer. That’s one cool dudette.
I was surprised to see how well they had come out.
What very fine lawn edges. Beautiful picture of Matilda.
Glad cycling worked the miracle you needed. Matilda is certainly a winner in the elegance stakes.
Three cheers for Dr Velo 🙂
A fine physician.
Sorry, although it’s very true, TWMEYL is just too long.
As always the flower photos from your garden are a real treat, and potatoes too!
It’s a toss up as to which gives me more pleasure.
The blue tit made me laugh! 😀
It had a comic air about it.
Dahlia is exquisite. Everything looks nice and cool to me…
Cool is right. We haven’t had our summer clothes on yet.
Guess what? I am joining a community gardening group tomorrow!
Love the chin up photo and of course the one of Matilda.
What are you going to grow?
That sounds like a very good idea
What a stylish young lady in your guest photo! Sounds like the day just got better and better.