My brother recently mislaid his phone and took this picture on a walk along The Edge from Edale in Derbyshire to test out his new one. It looks good to me.
Our rather unnerving spell of beautiful weather continued today but I couldn’t make the best of it at all.
After breakfast, I had to do a two hour stint in the Information Hub in the High Street and not a single visitor came in seeking information. Luckily there was a good exhibition of the paintings and other art work of my old friend Jean, who used to come archiving with Sandy and me. We miss her a lot and it was good to see her work, collected by her son Niall from many of the people who presently own it.
Dropscone also popped in just before I shut up shop. He had been busy golfing.
After a quick lunch, I took a moment to walk round the garden.
I looked down on tulips today.
There are new flowers about.
This euphorbia is a favourite of mine….
…and repays closer study.
I didn’t have long to wander about as I was expecting a meter reader to visit the Archive Centre. He had a four hour window within which he was due to arrive so I was able to put several weeks of the newspaper index into the Archive database while I was waiting for him not to come (as it turned out).
It was time wasted but it was a bit frustrating on a beautiful afternoon to be stuck indoors.
Annoyingly, the sun went in just as I was crossing the river to go to the Centre so that the riverside blossom wasn’t quite at its best.
I got home just in time to meet a very charming fellow whose business it is to prepare the ground for the removal and replacement of telephone poles in people’s gardens. We have two in ours which serve us and our neighbours. They have been condemned and will be replaced soon. We are hoping that our garden won’t be wrecked in the process.
A phone call to the power company told me that they are expecting the meter reader to come tomorrow. Dash. More time wasted tomorrow.
My flute pupil Luke came for a lesson even though he is in the middle of his school exams and we had a very productive time. This cheered me up after my rather dull day.
It was still sunny after I had eaten a meal prepared by Mrs Tootlepedal while we played and there was time to get the fairly speedy bike for a short ride. I had intended to go up my favourite route, the Wauchope road but the council has freshly tarred and gravelled it from the edge of the town and it was impossible to cycle along it.
I turned back and pedalled south down the main road and then back through Canonbie, passing the church…
…and going up the Tarras road to Langholm.
Everything is going very green.
I got a good view of Whita from the Mumbie…
…and an even better one of the distillery in the low evening light as I paused at Skippers Bridge for the obligatory photo op.
The eighteen miles in the company of Dr Velo worked its customary magic and chased away any remaining grumpy feelings from pointless sitting about earlier in the day.
I have had to put the bird feeders away for a week or two because of a number of poorly birds visiting the garden. It looks like Trichomonosis which affects garden birds so I am cleaning everything very thoroughly and letting our feeder site settle down for a while. As a result, there will be few if any flying bird pictures. This may not be a bad thing for my thumb (which is enjoying its rest).
Here are some green trees of the day instead.