Today’s guest picture comes from a visit my brother paid to Cleethorpes, a seaside resort. It was rather too cold for fun on the beach so he headed out into the coastal region of North East Lincolnshire, just south of the town. This was one of many drainage channels, which doubled as a public footpath.
Our dry spell continued but in the morning, a blanket of cloud covered the sky and we were exposed to the brisk and chilly north easterly wind. My back was far from totally cured and my spirits were a bit low as a result so I skulked around indoors for the morning, raising just enough energy to make a sour dough loaf but nothing more.
After lunch the clouds cleared, my spirits lifted and the sun came out for the rest of the day. I went for a walk round the garden.
The latest rhododendron has flowered giving us a full range from pale to dark.
A poached egg plant has come out and the Euphorbias are looking stranger than ever.
There are additions to our range of blues too.
We have a good range of whites.
I was tempted by lawn care but thought better of it and went in and watched the birds through the kitchen window…
Then I watched a bit of Andy Murray playing tennis but the change in the weather outside was so welcome that I put lightweight cameras in my pocket, left Andy to it and went out for a short walk.
I took a regular route round Gaskell’s and Easton’s Walks as they provide easy going and plenty to look at in a short distance. My first stop was to commune with the slow worms at Pool Corner.
As I went up the road, the fields were bright with buttercups…
…and the verges full of flowers.
A horse was as interested in me as I was in the flowers.
There was no shortage of flowers to poke a lens at either beside the road or along the tracks.
I think the the blue plant above is ajuga and I should know the yellow one but I have forgotten what it is. Reminder welcome.
There is a very charming meadow at the Stubholm.
I ended my walk by going through the park and enjoying the rhododendrons beside the Wauchope.
Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the vegetable garden when I got home and I thought it only right to record some of the progress on the edible side of the garden.
The rhubarb is also flourishing and some of it made its way into stewed rhubarb and custard for our tea later on in the day.
After the early flowers failed to produce fruiting centres, the strawberries have recovered and look as though they might produce a good crop. I hope so as I particularly like strawberry jam.
After a last look at some flowers….
…I was able to go back inside and cheer Andy Murray to a fine victory. His next match may be quite a bit harder.
The late afternoon was still pretty breezy so I abandoned any idea of a short late pedal and sat on a sheltered bench in the garden to enjoy a lovely evening for a moment or two.
We are slightly worried that the walnut tree in the background has not come into leaf yet. It is always the last to produce leaves though and we hope that it will manage it soon.
I hope that the gentle day today will keep my back going in the right direction and that more vigorous activity will be back on the menu soon.
The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.