Today’s guest picture shows a firework display at Glastonbury Abbey which my Somerset correspondent Venetia enjoyed whether she wanted to or not. The picture was taken from her kitchen.
After our brief but warmly welcomed spell of good weather, we woke up to find wind and rain again this morning so while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing with the church choir, I stayed in and put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. In a moment of good IT housekeeping, I also made a back up of the 70,000 plus entries, something that I should do more often (and in more different places).
After Mrs Tootlepedal returned, we went off and did a little shopping and then had an early lunch.
The weather cleared up a little and over lunch, I peered out of the kitchen window once or twice.
I was very pleased to manage to be at the window at the same time as an infrequent visit from a great tit.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal once again picked up her tools and set about improving one of the flower beds. As this involved some very heavy work digging out a campanula which had got too big for its boots, I kept myself busy by carting off the stems and shredding them. I always leave the heavy work to Mrs Tootlepedal.
As usual, I popped about taking pictures too. I tried to take some shots of the ‘bigger picture’ today.
After I had shredded a mountain of debris from the flower bed improvements, I sieved a little compost. I have nearly sieved all of Bin D now (the bits that don’t go through the sieve get returned to Bin C) and I will soon be ready to turn the other bins in the chain.
It was dry enough by now to mow the middle lawn….
With expert guidance from Mrs Tootlepedal, I planted some of the wild flowers that we were given by our friend Jenny into the front lawn. The ‘wild’ areas are beginning to take a bit of shape after a slow start but it looks as though they are going to need quite a bit of work. I am not taking pictures of them at the moment as they just look tatty.
I couldn’t go past the roses without a shot or two.
The first cosmos has come out and here it is with a darkly handsome poppy.
The garden was full of the buzz of insects in the afternoon, the privet and buddleia being the chief attractions.
My legs seem to have coped with the 30 mile pedal and the two and a half mile walk of the last two days without any ill effects so I am hoping for some fine weather next week to give me a chance for a longer cycle ride. I enjoyed my restful day today. Mrs Tootlepedal though is feeling quite tired from all her gardening and who can blame her.
The last of the contributors to our recent photo exhibition at The Hub in Eskdalemuir came round to collect his pictures and was delighted to find that he had sold three of them. Four of the exhibitors had sold several pictures each (even I sold one) and we felt that it had been a really good idea to take up their offer. If all goes well, we will certainly do it again next year. It is satisfying to have one’s work appreciated.
The flying bird of the day is a standard chaffinch.