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.
It 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…
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.
…and paddled through the puddles in the woods. I liked the way that the oxalis ground cover was creeping up this tree.
There were other flashes of red to be seen too.
They 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.
I liked the sight of this flood of cotoneaster flowing over a wall as we got near to the town….
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.
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.
I went back into the house worrying about whether there will be enough sunshine to ripen the plums this year.
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.
Note: 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.