Washed up

sharon's rainbow

Today’s guest picture was taken by my flute pupil’s mother Sharon, who encountered a special treat on her way to work this morning.

sharon's rainbowIt was that sort of day today but only from time to time.  Most of the time it was just raining and there was no sun at all.  And not just raining but pelting down.  I got to the corner shop in a dry spell but got wet on the way back. I took a picture of a soggy poppy…

soggy poppy…and had to nip back indoors before taking another picture.

A look at the forecast suggested that there might be a rain free spell in the afternoon so Mrs Tootlepedal and I got ready for a walk across the hills but by the time that we had got suitable footwear on, the rain was pelting down again so we gave up.

I waited until the rain stopped and shot out with the aim of a quick walk but I only got a few yards before it started again and I retreated.

We watched the World Championships on the telly to pass the time and just when it looked as though the whole day would be wasted, the sun came out again and we sneaked out for a little walk.

It was windy and chilly but the views were good.

WarblaWe crossed the Becks Burn which was running strongly….

Becks Burn
We used a proper bridge not that tree trunk.

…and paddled through the puddles in the woods.  I liked the way that the oxalis ground cover was creeping up this tree.

tree with oxalisAnd I enjoyed the pictures that I could see in the curiously etched bark of another one.

bark art We got through the woods and onto the road…

Becks road…where the leaf cover was thick enough to have kept the surface almost dry.  Just round the corner that you can see in the picture above, my eye was caught by a flash of red.

roseMrs Tootlepedal tells me that it is a rose and a little research tells me that it is a covered with a gall, probably from a wasp of some sort.  It certainly was very striking.

There were other flashes of red to be seen too.

sedumThey turned out to be sedum but I don’t know if they were genuine wild flowers or a garden escape.  Research tells me that I should have looked more carefully at the leaves to find out.  It was very pretty.

I am fairly confident that this is a horse.

horse at hallcroftsAlthough it looks like a lovely day from the photographs, there were always dark clouds looming up in the brisk wind so we didn’t dawdle.

I liked the sight of this flood of cotoneaster flowing over a wall as we got near to the town….

cotoneaster…and it was matched by the flood of water flowing over the caul at Pool Corner a couple of hundred yards later.

Pool CornerWe beat the rain home and were pleased to have got a walk in, even if it was a quick one.  We even had time for a circuit of the garden.

I had taken a torch with me on the walk in case I found an exciting fungus in a gloomy spot that needed illumination to be photographed (I hadn’t) and I made use of it to catch the long lasting lamium that lurks near the back gate into the vegetable garden.

lamiumIt worked well.  It is quite a handy photographic torch as it has a range of three settings from dim to bright.  I shot this on the dim setting.

To celebrate the fact that the government has just added even more unnecessary peers to the House of Lords, here are our our own Lords and Ladies.

Lords and Ladies
Happily, these do not require £300 in expenses every day.

I went back into the house worrying about whether there will be enough sunshine to ripen the plums this year.

plumsThey look promising but are very, very green still.

In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and Alison and I continued working on two new pieces with some signs of progress being enough to ensure that we enjoyed our playing.

I found a chaffinch as flying bird of the day.

chaffinchNote: It occurred to us as we talked about the weather with Mike and Alison this evening, that distant readers of the blog may get the impression that the sun shines in Langholm a lot more than it really does.  This is because it may be rainy almost all day but if the sun shines at all, I rush out and take pictures.  It was a miserable cold and wet day today in spite of the brief sunny period and it really has been a miserable spring and summer this year.  Honestly.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

45 thoughts on “Washed up

  1. Not to worry, reading your blog has confirmed my belief that Scotland is all about cold rain. It makes me very thankful for our warm sun.

    I had no idea Oxalis could climb up a tree. I love the patterns in the bark; I see a duck, among other things. I love your rose galls; I’ve seen a similar one once, but not nearly as pretty.

    1. I don’t think that I have ever seen a rose gall before but as I have only opened my eyes properly quite recently, I may have seen one without registering it. I was amazed by the oxalis creeping up the tree.

  2. I call those rose galls ‘Robin’s Pincushions’ but they are also known as Bedeguar Galls. I think they are beautiful things. I am sure you have had a most miserable spring and summer and I was hoping you’d have a better late summer and autumn. We had the torrential rain on Wednesday – an awful day with flash floods and thunder and lightning too. I loved so many of your photos today; the oxalis, the bark, Pool Corner, and the Lamium – all beautiful pictures.

    1. I saw that name in my researches and it entertained me. The air must be very humid at the moment becuase everyone seems to be getting very heavy showers when they come.

  3. My day is not complete until I have seen your blog with your beautiful photos, so I really appreciate your determination to nip out with the camera whenever possible.

  4. It is actually raining here today so for once I can’t boast of blue skies. A little unusual for this time of year actually. I’m under no illusions that you have much sunny weather. When I think of Scotland I think of rain (and lots of other nice things of course). I think you must be a very hardy lot to cope with such challenging weather. Please tell Sharon her rainbow photo was beautiful. I was very interested in the rose with gall pictures. I’ve never seen anything like that here. How pretty and unusual. Your peaches look lovely and plump. I have a miniature peach tree here but the fruit fly attack it each year despite me hanging up lures. I assume fruit fly is a pest that lives in the tropics but I had also assumed Scotland was too cold for midges and I was very wrong about that! Is it a pest for fruit in Scotland at all?

    1. These are plums and not peaches as it it is too cold for peaches unless you have a south facing wall. The only peril for the plums is wasps and we don’t seem to have seen any this year so we are keeping our fingers crossed.

      1. Ah, my blind eyes and/or old brain changed plums to peaches. Sorry. Yes, I hope you don’t have issues with wasps this year. 🙂

  5. Your determination to get out for a walk might be thought to be amazing, but when one considers the wonderful this you have to delight the senses, it is totally understandable.
    Thank you for the explanation about the red stuff on the rose. I kept seeing it on a trip to North Cornwall last summer, on some plants of a given species but not others. I couldn’t find it in my wild and other flower books (you clearly did better research than I) and now I know why.

  6. I have a mini spade acquired from a leprechaun whom I surprised digging at the end of a rainbow on the marsh. As he ran away i shouted after him that he had forgotten his spade; he shouted back that he had many spades and that I could keep it. I have still not found the crock of gold.

    1. I have never met a leprechaun but equally, I have never found the pot of gold (other than the great hoard of wonderful pictures I have discovered through reading other people’s blogs).

      1. Having disturbed a leprechaun in the process of digging, and having acquired his little spade, I believe there is at least one crock on the marsh; sadly, I have not yet found it. 😦

  7. Very fine picture of the rainbow.
    Commiserations on the cold and wet and no doubt windy weather this summer. We have had a disappointing season too, with much wind, rather chilly and not nearly enough sunshine!
    Beautiful pictures taken on your walk.

  8. Dear Mr. T —
    I know too much of a good thing isn’t always desirable but looking at your photos of soggy meadows and running streams made me almost taste all that water! Here in Southern California we are only allowed to water our gardens 2 days a week and take 5 minute showers. It has been horribly hot as well so it would be nice to have a little of your extra water over here!

  9. All that rain does make for very pretty pictures, although the lords-and-ladies is a trifle odd looking. My favourite today: the caul at pool corner (sounds very A A Milne). Hope your plums make the most of those intermittent blasts of sunshine – they look wonderful.

  10. I saw the Venus of Willendorf in that bark photo.

    We had so much wind this year but no rain till recently. I missed the rain a lot, but I would have been complaining daily if it had been as frequent as yours.

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