Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my old teaching colleague Ada. She and some of her family have just spent time in France. Guess what her husband, sister and brother-in-law did.
I went cycling myself this morning and climbed a hill too. It was slightly less awesome than Mont Ventoux though as it was just ten miles and a few hundred feet of climb up to Mosspaul.
It was just as sunny here though and I was glad to be cooled down by a brisk wind as I cycled up the ten miles to the hotel. They have a fine monkey puzzle tree in their garden.
My favourite crossword setter, now deceased, used this tree, the Araucaria, as his nom de plume .
It was quite hard work against the wind so I was pleased to be able to turn at the top and look back down at my route home.
I went up the gentle hill at an average of 11 mph and went back down at 21 mph, which made the return journey very enjoyable.
I had a little time for a walk round the garden and a cup of coffee before we had to set off for Carlisle and the last concert of the choir season.
The garden was looking as though it was enjoying the fine weather too.
The alliums are getting very spherical.
There are still not nearly enough bees about but those that are here are keeping busy.
I was thinking pale and pink today.
I did take one look at a stronger colour.
I had just enough strength left after pedalling to chase round the garden after the painted lady butterfly which was making a return visit.
I hope that it is joined by a friend or two soon.
Our trip to Carlisle for the Carlisle Community Choir summer concert went well. We have been a bit short of practice for some of the songs in the programme as we have been concentrating on the competitions that we took part in but we had a good go through them before the performance and things went pretty well.
A friend, who has sung in many choirs over the years, came to listen and she thoroughly enjoyed the concert and gave us a very favourable report whihc was very heartening.
We had had to leave our unlocked car in a public car park for five hours while we sang so it was an added bonus to find it still there when we went to look for it. This perhaps is one advantage of driving a car which discerning car thieves would not be seen dead in.
We had a walk round the garden when we got home and I was impressed by signs of growth in the strawberries.
Now that both of our choirs have finished for the summer, we will have more free time so we expect the weather to take a turn for the worse as we always seem to get the best weather when we have to go to a choir practice. Such is life.
The flying bird of the day is a bee.
PS: We shed a tear for Andy Murray, beaten again by the inexorable Novak.