Today’s guest picture is another from Mike Tinker’s daughter Liz’s holiday on the west coast of Scotland. Yesterday she saw this little fellow just outside her front door.
For the first time since we came to Langholm (41 years ago almost to the day), I had to send Mrs Tootlepedal out today to buy two pints of milk. This is not because we have just started drinking the white stuff but because our milkman has given up on doorstep deliveries on account of lack of demand. Supermarkets in Britain use milk as one of their loss leaders to attract customers and this has not only helped to drive many dairy farmers out of business but has led to this tragic loss of one of the charms of living in Langholm.
The pain was slightly assuaged by the arrival of Dropscone with some tasty scones to go with our morning coffee. He had done better than me and got up early so that he had been able to cycle twenty miles before he came round. The strong winds and threat of showers had discouraged me.
After coffee, I spent some time preparing cards to be sold in our local paper shop to raise funds for the Archive Group. They have sold quite a lot of the first batch that I gave them and more will be required.
I didn’t get out into the garden until nearly lunch time.
I wouldn’t say the the garden is buzzing with bees but there are usually a few about and today was no exception.
The clematis on the vegetable garden fence is flourishing.
After lunch, I had a two hour spell of duty in the Tourist Information point on the High Street but I wasn’t troubled by any pesky tourists demanding information so it was quite peaceful. I was visited by Archive Group data miner Ken, who lent me an excellent and heavily illustrated book about Edinburgh and its architectural history. This went down very well with Mrs Tootlepedal. She is a great history enthusiast. I shall enjoy it too.
When I got back, the day had improved a lot and some bright, warm weather let me get the middle lawn mowed, some compost sieved and some more pictures taken.
The hostas all over the garden are bursting with flowers.
My flute pupil Luke and I are taking a short break until he goes back to school when the new term starts but I got some flute playing after tea anyway when I went up to play trios with Isabel and Mike. The playing was very enjoyable and we made some good progress in improving a couple of the pieces we play.
The flying bird of the day is one of those universal siskins taking a bow.