A change in the weather

Sandy's leaves

Today’s springlike guest picture comes from Sandy, which is to say that I stole it from him when he wasn’t looking.

Sandy's leaves

I did see Sandy himself though when he came round for a cup of coffee after filling the Moorland bird feeders.  He has been doing a lot of gardening lately and took advantage of the situation to have a conference with Mrs Tootlepedal.

I should have been cycling as my mileage for May is very poor but we were waiting for an engineer to come and give our gas boiler its annual check so I used that as an excuse for not going anywhere.

I was a bit rude about the weather forecasters yesterday so it is only fair to point out that they said it would be fine in the morning and start to rain at two o’clock today and they were absolutely right to within five minutes.

I used the dry but overcast morning to mow the front lawn, the middle lawn and the grass round the greenhouse and was pleased to see that the newly sharpened mower was cutting a bit better.

I also took the camera round the garden.  My daughter has complained that in my pursuit of striking flower pictures, I don’t show enough general pictures to convey what the garden actually looks like.  This is a fair point but we are in a state of floral pause at the moment and the general picture is quite dull.  I will be looking for colourful corners quite soon.  In the meantime here are some individual promises of better things to come.

Astrantia and geranium
The first signs of a feast to come
Lily of the valley and solomon's seal
A rather Biblical touch of Lily of the Valley and Solomon’s seal
The promise of gooseberry fool
…and there are still some tulips left

After lunch, I was working away at my computer because I have finally been bullied by Microsoft into upgrading to Windows 10 and there are differences to the filing system for pictures which are giving me some grief when Mike Tinker popped in.

When I went out into the garden with him, it had almost stopped raining so when he left, I decided that a short walk would perk me up and I put my coat on.  By the time that I got out of the house, it had started to rain again so I picked up a stout umbrella and went off regardless.  After a dull half mile pushing up the road into the wind and rain, I turned onto Gaskell’s Walk and with the wind and rain behind me, the rest of the walk was very pleasant.

It wasn’t really a day for taking pictures but I poked my lens out under the umbrella from time to time because it was a beautiful stroll in spite of the conditions.

Bluebells on gaskells

Not long ago, Gaskells Walk ran through a dark and flowerless conifer plantation but these trees were cut down and the bluebells which had been lurking underground for many years have seized their chance and the walk is now lined with them.

There were wild flowers in abundance.

wild flowers

…and I was pleased to see some red campion among the bluebells.

red campion

I walked along the track down towards the Murtholm and the bluebells defied the gloomy weather.



As I walked back along the river side towards the park…

Beechy Plains
I know it’s hard but someone has to walk along this path

….it wasn’t only the sight of wild flowers that caught my attention but the smell too.  The wild garlic was rampant, swirling up the banking…

wild garlic

…and lining the path.

wild garlic

They look as good individually as they do en masse.

garlic and bluebell

My umbrella did its job very well and the temperature was kind enough to make my damp walk a real treat.  A little rain brings out the fresh spell of spring to add to the colours.

After a look back at the park…

Buccleuch Park
It really is that colour.  I haven’t Photoshopped it.

…I headed home for a cup of tea and a dainty biscuit and settled back down to try to get to grips with Windows 10.  At least I can find my files and all my programs work so I am reasonably content.

In the evening, I went off to Carlisle with Susan to play with our recorder group and we enjoyed a good selection of music dug out from his vast collection by our librarian Roy.  It is very good to be able to play music with old friends without any of the pressure of preparing for public performance but just for the pleasure of hearing and appreciating the music itself.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

26 thoughts on “A change in the weather

  1. Like you, I have just had my mower sharpened – for the first time ever. What a difference that makes! It’s a lovely old-fashioned mechanical one. I love the sound it makes, reminds me of trying to get to sleep in childhood on summer evenings.

  2. Such wonderful bright colours in your photos today! It took me some time to get used to the photo filing system in Windows 10 and I still don’t like it much.

    1. It’s not a patch on Windows 7 from the point of view of the lazy photographer. I’ll no doubt get used to it in time and resent the next change.

  3. It’s hard to imagine anything more beautiful than the hillsides carpeted with flowers like they are there. I think I’d take that walk every day.
    Those are excellent shots of the lily of the valley and Solomon’s seal. Certainly not easy ones to get. I’ve been trying.

  4. What lovely pictures. Although I’ve walked round Gaskell’s since all the clearing I still find it hard to reconcile the pictures above with my mental image of it.

  5. The bluebells are stunning and the wild garlic too. I love the smell of the earth after rain.

  6. The greens are really vibrant as spring progresses in your area. Such a beautiful carpet of bluebells! The campion is one I remember from back east, but have not seen it here in my area, not yet.

    I am attempting to get a patch of Lily of the Valley going here this year. So far, the shoots are alive, but being a bit reticent in that spot in the garden. Yes, Solomon’s Seal is an old favorite. Nice to see one again!

    So far, I am thwarting the nighttime deer raids. They are waiting for me to be too busy, too tired, or just forget to cover plants some evening.

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