All singing…but no dancing

Today’s guest picture is the last of the series of Dropscone and family’s ascent of Everest Ben Nevis.  It shows that at 13.44 on 7th September 2015, his youngest son Ben was undoubtedly the highest person In Great Britain.

Ben on Ben NevisWhen I looked at the five day forecast for Langholm early yesterday, it showed rain for every day to come but happily, the forecasters had miscalculated and when I looked at the five day forecast again early today, it showed no rain for the next five days.  I hope that they have got it right this time.  It looks as though for once we might be in exactly the right part of the country to avoid some very changeable weather coming off the Atlantic.

I took advantage of this happy situation by nipping out for a cycle ride while Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir.  I didn’t go too far or too fast because it was the opening meeting of the season for our Carlisle choir today and firstly I had a venison stew to put in the slow cooker before we went out and secondly I didn’t want to be too tired to sing.

There was even a little timid sunshine to go with the lack of rain so with only light winds to contend with, I had a very enjoyable 22 miles.

I made the stew and wandered round the garden.

The sedum is looking very pretty as the florets come out
orange crocosmia
The orange crocosmia is going over
Two contrasting poppies in today’s poppy parade
Two late season clematis undaunted by yesterday’s rain
The last of the hostas to flower

The bird feeder has been very busy with sparrows, chaffinches and siskins lately and today was no different.

siskin and chaffinch
A siskin prepares to divebomb a chaffinch while a sparrow has a snack.
busy feeder
Sometimes the noise of flapping wings gets quite alarming.

After the stew was put into the slow cooker and I had made coffee for Mrs Tootlepedal on her return from church, I thought I ought to make good use of the fine weather by going for a very short walk in the hope of seeing something interesting.

I had a good walk but didn’t see much.

a forest of moss
A forest of moss
A flock of horses
hips and herb
Hips and herb
mutilated fungus
I did see one fungus but some vandal, human or animal, had beaten me to it.

Looking down on the town from the bank above the river, I was struck by how fast the scrubby trees are growing in the middle of the houses.

Ford MillThey mark the site of one of Langholm’s textile mills which was demolished a few years ago. Now the ground has been left unused and unloved.

I descended past these spiky remains….

spiky seed heads…to the park.  The wall there always provides something interesting to look at.  This plant was growing out of a crack at the top of the wall.

Park wallWhen I got home, I had time for a last look at the garden…..

greenhouse bed
The beds beside the greenhouse are looking good.  Nasturtium, salvia, nicotiana, two sorts of crocosmia and Michaelmas daisies.
virginia creeper
A range of colour on the creeper which disguises the plastic compost bins.

…before it was time for lunch and the trip to Carlisle.  We had to go early as we were helping to give out the new packs of music for this season and to take in the old packs from the last session.  One of the joys of the choir is how well organised it is and we were able to get down to work as soon as the conductor arrived.  As he started by working on two quite tricky pieces as far as the tenors went, I soon felt quite tired, regardless of how slowly I had pedalled in the morning.  Learning a new piece when the words are in Latin is always a chore especially as the light in the church where we practise is pretty gloomy.

We had to sneak out ten minutes before the end as Mrs Tootlepedal was completing an all singing day by taking part with her church choir in a choral evensong.  She was ready for her evening meal when she came in.  I had made some garlic bread to go with the venison stew so we ended a busy day in fine style.

The flying bird of the day is a very determined sparrow.

flying sparrow

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

24 thoughts on “All singing…but no dancing

  1. The garden is still looking beautiful. It’s too bad that there isn’t something similar at the site of the old textile mill building. It looks like there would even be room for community vegetable gardens to help feed the poor.

  2. Well I’m glad the weather people were a little wrong. What a picturesque town you have. Such pretty little houses. I hope I’m able to visit the area one day. Speaking of pretty, your garden shots are always impressive. I especially like the pink colour and detail of the sedum. The first shot of the birds at the feeder is my favourite. Lots of action going on there!

  3. The moss picture amused me; I like the one I spotted rebelling and pointing in the opposite direction. You found fireweed (or do you call it willow herb?), one of my favorites! My kids are always playing with the sticky burdock burs, sticking them to one another’s clothing.

  4. Glad to hear the choir is so well organised. You and Mrs T contributed to that!
    Your garden looks as if it has benefited from all that rain, even if you haven’t.
    Hope the bad weather continues to miss your area.

  5. There’s still a lot of color left in the garden as seen in the wider shot, and the individual flowers are as beautiful as ever.

    It is amazing how quickly nature begins to take over once an area is left alone for even a short time, but that’s not always a bad thing.

  6. I don’t know if you were deliberately teasing your readers (it wouldn’t be unknown), but somehow a ‘flock’ of horses just didn’t seem right, so of course I just had to look it up. I have found:
    •a stable of horses
    •a team of horses
    •a drove of horses
    •a herd of horses
    •a troop of horses
    •a sting of horses
    •a harras of horses – but not a ‘flock’!

  7. Your flowers still look lovely. My favorite is the moss forest though. There is a good book called “Forests of Lilliput: The Realm of Mosses and Lichens”. by John Bland you and Mrs. Tootlepedal might enjoy.

  8. I believe that is a cotoneaster draping the mossy wall. The nicotiana look very fine floating along the top of that flower border. Good design on Mrs T’s part!

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