Today’s guest picture comes from my brother’s visit to Grimsby and shows the fine 1920s cinema building there. Inexcusably, I have put his photograph through a filter to give it that Hollywood gloss.
The promised change in the weather has not arrived yet but at least it was a degree or two cooler today which I personally found very welcome. It was still sunny and with a light wind, it was a lovely day.
The chief business of the morning was waiting for a call from the garage to tell us if fitting the new door lock had solved the problem. While I waited, I spent most of the time going out into the garden for a wander and then going back indoors to recover.
There was plenty to see while I wandered.
The vegetable garden was full of sparrows when I first went out….
…and the plum tree was full when I looked later in the day.
House sparrow numbers are reportedly dropping fast in the UK, perhaps because of traffic pollution in cities and farming practice changes but we are doing our best to keep them up here, much to Mrs Tootlepedal’s dismay.
In spite of the sparrows. her garden seems to be thriving.
They are hard to spot among the other plants.
There are more delicate arrivals too.
The call from the garage came and I went up to collect the car. It was a real treat to drive a car that doesn’t emit eighteen digital beeps every time you drive off to tell you that you have left a door open when you haven’t. It was almost worth the money that it has cost to fix the problem.
The garden has needed a great deal of watering during the dry spell and we continued that today. We were sure that the watering would bring on a rain shower but in spite of rain showers nearby, once again Langholm remained dry.
While we waited for the heat of the day to ease off, I did some more bird and flower watching.
I heard a terrific commotion in a bush and a jackdaw shot out hotly pursued by a very angry blackbird and I can only assume that the jackdaw was trying to make off with a blackbird chick. A rather battered looking female blackbird gave me an old fashioned look later on. I don’t know if she was party to the dispute.
There were several white butterflies flitting around the garden again today…
…but still very few bees. A visitor told us that he had seen hardly any bees in his garden this year as well so it seems to be a general problem in the town.
The Scotch roses are enjoying the weather as much as Mrs Tootlepedal is and are producing more flowers every day.
My favourite flowers are thriving too.
In fact everything is doing well.
We have honeysuckle both in the garden and hanging over the hedge as well. They look very different.
Mrs Tootlepedal tells me that this is because they are different varieties. One is the common honeysuckle and the other is the late Dutch honeysuckle. Sometimes I wonder if she is pulling my leg.
The most interesting arrival is probably the least spectacular.
After the day had begun to cool a little and the sun had disappeared behind light clouds, we got our bicycles out and went for a fourteen mile pedal in very kindly cycling conditions. We took quiet back roads, sometimes across open moorland and sometimes along sheltered lanes…
…and sometimes past inquisitive cattle.
We got home just in time to watch the day’s highlights from the Criterium du Dauphine bike race in France. They were going a bit faster than us.
The forecast is now saying that we will get the last day of this spell of warm weather tomorrow so I hope to make the most of it. The temperature is due to go down 6 or 7 degrees C on Friday which will be a bit of a shock if that turns out to be true.
The flying bird of the day is a siskin.