Today’s guest picture comes from my Newcastle’s correspondent’s trip to California, where she visited Stanford university.
I started the day with a visit to the Moorland Feeders where I was filling in for anjother volunteer who was away. I sat for a while in the hide and the feeders were busy but there was nothing of great note to record….just a woodpecker or two…
I stopped for about half an hour and then made my way home.
Once again, Mrs Tootlepedal had made use of the good weather by continuing her work in the garden and she was busy there when I got back. I mowed the grass round the greenhouse and the paths on the front lawn. The plan to have some areas of wild flowers on this lawn is proceeding very slowly but we are still hoping that it will come to pass.
A beautiful blue cornflower is the first wild flower actually to appear and it was matched by a salvia in a nearby flower bed.
On the whiter side, a clematis over the archway to the veg garden has produced some of its curious green and white flowers, while on the other side of the garden, the privet flowers are a bee magnet and you could hardly hear yourself think near them because of the buzzing.
It seemed like a good time for an outing after all the hard work that Mrs Tootlepedal had been doing so we went out for lunch at Newcastleton. Mrs Tootlepedal was very keen to show me a very pretty flower bed she had passed in Rowanburn on her way to a meeting recently so we went by that route.
The flower bed was worth a look.
We drove on to Newcastleton where we had a light lunch in the Olive Tree. We didn’t have a plan for the afternoon but it was such a nice day that we decided that a walk would be a good idea. We drove down to the bridge across the Kershope Burn….
By crossing this bridge we moved from Scotland into England and we turned to walk upstream along the English bank of the Kershope burn.
There wasn’t a dull moment as the prospects were lovely….
As well as the flowers, the were butterflies and fungus as well.
As often seems to be the case just now, the umbelliferae were very attractive to insects but some were more attractive than others…
If I had taken pictures of all the insects and wild flowers that we saw, this post would never finish….and we would never have finished our walk.
Half way along our walk, we crossed the Kershope Burn again and walked back into Scotland. This bridge was not quite so elegant as the previous one.
We took the right hand fork which kept along the bank of the stream but we didn’t go far before we turned back.
Among the many wild flowers we passed, a host of orchids stood out and one patch in particular impressed us the most.
We made our way back to the car and then drove home over the moor, stopping to look (in vain) for harriers or short eared owls. We did see a lot of this bright yellow flower….
We got home feeling that we had been on a very good outing. While I went in for a quiet sit down, the indefatigable Mrs Tootlepedal couldn’t resist a little more gardening. She did well to work hard while the day was warm and dry because there is a hint of rain about while I type this and there is a possibility of more tomorrow.
I was pleased that my legs stood up to the walk very well although at about 4km, it wasn’t very long. I am hoping that a mixture of gentle cycling and short walks will soon get me back to full fitness. Having made the mistake of cycling far too far too soon after my fall, the trick will be not to go too far or too fast too soon again….which is easier said than done.
I didn’t have much time to look out of the kitchen window today so once again a rather fuzzy siskin will have to do as flying bird of the day.