Today’s guest picture shows a quiet corner of Regent’s Park in London and was taken by my sister Mary who was probably coming back from playing tennis in the Park.
We had another morning of strong winds and violent showers so it was lucky that I got up late and had an entertaining crossword to help me pass the time. Like yesterday, the forecast promised better weather in the afternoon and unlike yesterday, it was right.
I put a rain jacket on just in case and went out to do battle with the brisk winds on my fairly speedy bike. I didn’t have any faith that we were.’t going to get another heavy shower so I settled for a trip to Wauchope School and back done three times. This gave me twenty miles with regular breaks from bashing my head against the wind.
When I got back, Mrs Tootlepedal was bitten by the bicycling bug and set off herself on a hilly ten mile circular route and I took a picture or two in the garden…
…and then went for a walk. I am trying to mix walking and cycling to keep my legs as well stretched and exercised as possible.
I walked through the park….
….and along the Murtholm, which was looking gorgeous in the sunshine….
…but not without some sogginess.
There were less wild flowers and more seed heads about but still some colour to be seen…
I was nearly home when I met a new acquaintance sharing my path.
You can see where illustrators of science fiction books get their inspiration from. I think, from peering about on the internet, that this is an emperor moth caterpillar but I am open to better ideas.
By the time that I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal had successfully conquered wind and hills and was there before me. I suspect that she had done more climbing in her ten miles than I had done in my twenty.
Mrs Tootlepedal is eating bucket loads of veg from the garden with her healthy evening meals just now and I used our own potatoes in a feta, tomato and potato bake, garnished with two sorts of green beans. I would like to have used our own tomatoes but the crop this year has been terrible. We are fortunate though to have a good commercial grower only ten miles away.
I was also able to have some raspberries from the garden with a drop of ice cream for my pudding, not necessarily very healthy but jolly tasty.
Because of the bad weather in the morning and the activity in the afternoon, I didn’t spend much time looking out of the kitchen window but I did see a male chaffinch casually standing on the back of a female until she made way for him at the feeder.
My flying bird of the day got overtaken.