Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan, who has been kind enough to send me this massive but hungry looking figure which is currently hanging around at the British Museum.
Both of these happy events came to pass.
I even got to see a short video of Dropscone practising his golf swing under the eye of his golf professional. What a great start to the day.
After coffee, I took a stroll round the garden. It is getting very near the end of its flowery life but there are still bits and bobs about.
But the prettiest thing in the garden today was this Charles Ross apple….
…and some of them went down very well in the evening when stewed and taken with custard. The cool summer and the relatively good autumn have left the apples tasting as good as they have ever done this year.
While Mrs Tootlepedal busied herself with some apple branch sawing, I made some potato soup for lunch. She was frequently visited by a robin while she worked but my only glimpse of one when I had a camera in my hand, was this one out of the dining room window later on.
After lunch, while Mrs Tootlepedal did more tidying and bulb planting, I went off for a pedal.
Because I don’t like taking medicine if I don’t have to, I have been experimenting with cutting down on my asthma puffers over recent days but after feeling rather gloomy yesterday and very cold and tired while I was pedalling, I returned to the full dose today with very beneficial results. I was much cheerier all day, I was much warmer when I went out for my bike ride and I went quite a bit more quickly too. “Keep taking the tablets,” as they say.
I even had the energy to stop and take a picture or two of the larches along the Wauchope road which are probably at their autumn best. A little sunshine would have helped but they looked good anyway in my view.
When I got back, we had a visit from Mike Tinker who came to tell us that his wife Alison was a bit poorly and so wouldn’t be coming to play duets in the evening. This was a disappointment as they have been on holiday and I was looking forward to a tootle on their return.
It did give me some time to practice some choir music so there was an upside.
The flying bird of the day is a blue tit who was legally carrying off a pellet from the new feeder.