Today’s guest picture is another from Dropscone’s eldest boy Dennis who works at Biggin Hill Airfield. He recently had the opportunity to see a wonderful display of second world war aircraft.
I did have time to walk round the garden in the sun though.
A newspaper article yesterday said that 50% of those asked couldn’t name a single bee. I certainly can…..
After a good run, the ligularia has gone over but it has left an interesting tangle behind.
…and then I mowed the drying green and the paths on the front lawn. I couldn’t resist another look at the cornflowers.
Next I picked some more of the blackcurrants. The blackbirds are generously helping me finish the gooseberries but they have left a lot of blackcurrants untouched. I am cutting the blackcurrant bush back as I pick and perhaps the birds will be able to see the fruit better now and I may have more difficulty in keeping the remaining fruit for myself.
I am progressing with turning Bin B into Bin C while Mrs Tootlepedal is producing ever more material for Bin A. Luckily the warmer weather is helping the composting process and the bin is going down as fast as she puts more in.
It is always annoying to get well down a bin of steadily rotting compost and find a layer of box leaves as green as the day that you put them in. Such is life.
It was just getting to the time when a pedal was in order when first the garden centre rang up to say that they were just about to deliver a load of logs…..and then it started it to rain. The pedalling plan was abandoned.
Luckily Mike Tinker dropped in just as the logs were being delivered and with his help, we had them out of the big bags and into a very neat pile in no time at all.
The day went downhill from there on as the rain became persistent and the composting, mowing and log heaving took their toll on my small stock of energy. Sitting down quietly and sighing became the order of the day.
The grumpy pigeon was back again, surveying life in the rain with its usual disapproving air.
Today’s flying bird is yet another chaffinch, this time caught just before it put the brakes on.