Today’s guest picture is another from Mary and Venetia’s visit to Shapwick Heath. This one was taken by Mary.
There was a hint of frost on the lawn when we got up but a bright sun soon cleared it off and the day looked set fair. This was a bit of a misleading impression though as it soon clouded over and in the brisk north easterly wind, it was pretty chilly.
Mrs Tootlepedal kept herself warm by working hard in the garden. She was doing major redecoration inside the house at this time last year so she has two years’ worth of work to do in one this spring.
Once again the feeders weren’t very busy but I enjoyed this sight of two goldfinches tucking in to the sunflower seed.
After coffee, I had an errand to do in the town so I got out the slow bike and tried out the solid tyre. The ride was a bit firmer on a cold morning than it had been yesterday on a sunny afternoon but that would probably be true for a pneumatic tyre too.
When I got back, I pottered about doing a little daffodil dead heading and offering superfluous observations to the gardener from time to time.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal decided to go to the dump with some unwanted rubble from her many bits of tidying up and our neighbour Liz, who had a few things to get rid of herself, volunteered to go with her.
I stayed behind and did some useful things. I wandered round taking some flower pictures as well.
I did some work on the compost heap and enjoyed seeing some very busy creepy crawlies dashing for cover in Bin B when I lifted the sheet up.
The blue lithodora is sprouting more flowers….
…and a pulsatilla beside it makes a strong contrast.
I sieved as much of the compost in Bin D as I could before needing a rest and broke the work up with some wandering about.
The daffodils are lasting very well and looking bright and healthy.
Mrs Tootlepedal hoped that the grape hyacinths would make a river of blue round the front lawn and while they haven’t quite managed to join up enough to create that, they have made some nice pools of colour here and there.
I mowed the drying green and then returned to the sieving and finally managed to clear the compost out of Bin D….
…and promptly started turning the compost from Bin C into the newly emptied bin beside it. And so the process continues. It gives me a lot of innocent pleasure.
The scillas have been rather depressed by the cold but there is one clump that is defying the weather.
I had a look at the magnolia to see how it had done after another frosty morning and it seem to be managing as well as can be expected.
Mrs Tootlepedal has bought some new tulips for a refurbished bed against the front wall of the house. Half of them are rather interesting with a white edge to the leaves. I can’t wait to see what the flower is like.
The ladies returned from the dump in good spirits and we sat down to a cup of tea and some biscuits.
After tea, there were a few spots of rain about and we felt that we had probably done enough work in the garden to warrant a quiet time indoors so after a quick shopping trip, we retired indoors to read and do the crossword.
And that completed the excitement for the day.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch getting ready to land.