Down came the rain

view of lake District

The guest picture of the day is another from my sister Mary’s recent visit to the lake District.

view of lake District

I had hoped to get up early and beat the oncoming rain with a quick bike ride  but when I woke at six o’clock, the rain was already beating on the windows so I rolled over and went back to sleep.

The rain continued until late afternoon so it was a day for getting some of those things done which I had promised to do but hadn’t.

There were moments when the rain eased up to the merest drizzle and I could get out into the garden to investigate a flash of colour hidden deep in the back border.  It turned out to be a lily.

lily
Not the most conspicuous bloom

But I didn’t stay out long  and was soon back inside having coffee with Sandy and then occasionally staring out of the window.

a siskin
A siskin waiting for space on the feeder.
siskins
There was always a queue

I put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.  Sandy has started to help with this task and has taken a great load off my shoulders for which I am very grateful but I still need to do my share so some more rainy days will help me get going.

I made some picture cards to sell for Archive Group funds and did some work to get Langholm Heritage DVDs about the mills and the railways ready to sell in the Information Hub so I was quite pleased with the miserable weather.  Every cloud etc etc.

When the rain finally stopped, I went out into the garden.  It was wet out there…

wet day in the garden

…quite wet…

delphiniums

…but as always there were flowers and promises of flowers to enjoy.

flowers

Although it was still rather gloomy, the clouds didn’t look threatening so I went off for a short walk, hoping for the best.

becks track
Another very green track

There was a lot to look at on the way and quite a lot looking at me too.

horse and cow

horse in stable

There was a lot of this yellow flower about.  It looks like a member of the pea family.

yellow wildflower

And a bit of this one too. I don’t know what it is at all.

yellow wildflower

There was red coloured grassy stuff.

red grass

And umbellifera too.

umbellifera
They are often covered in insects. Maybe the rain had kept them off today.

The red clover has prospered this year and the wild raspberries look as though they are going to provide a feast soon.

clover and raspberries

I came down past the Auld Stane Brig, nestling among the trees…

Auld Stane Brig

..and was surprised to see how much water there was going down the Wauchope.  It was rushing over the caul at Pool Corner…

Pool Corner

…and barging into the middle of the stream where it joined the Esk.

Wauchope and Esk

It had obviously been raining harder to the west of the town than to the north as the Esk had hardly risen at all.

Some might think that a day like this was good weather for ducks but I don’t think that this pile of ducklings, huddled together beside the Wauchope, would agree.

ducklings

A variegated hosta caught my eye as I got back to the house and the weather finally brightened up a bit.

hosta

My Friday night orchestra, Alison, had bought a trio sonata by J J Quantz from a second hand bookshop when she was in Wales recently and the cads had not told her that one of the parts was missing so I had a bit of fun putting it on to the computer and I think it will be enjoyable to play from a first look at it.  I am rather slow at doing this so it will provide me with a handy occupation for wet days to come.

No flower of the day today as it was too wet and grey.

The flying bird of the day is a sparrow.

flying sparrow

 

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Down came the rain

  1. The ducklings rather summed up the effect of the weather, nevertheless you managed some excellent pictures as usual.

  2. The view of the Lake District is absolutely beautiful. Stone walls, rolling hills, low clouds, many shades of green – it doesn’t get much better than that!

  3. The landscape shots are beautiful, even in the rain.
    I went to see if I could identify the yellow flowers last night and then forgot to come back and say that I couldn’t.
    Odd that one river would be high and the other low like that.

  4. The raindrops on the flowers enhance their beauty, proving that it’s still a great idea to photograph things in poor weather. We could use a little of that rain here, it’s been very dry here. Once you’ve gotten enough, could you send some our way?

  5. Your flowers are doing so well, kudos to the Mrs. I especially love the B&W photo of the horse. It reminded me of a comedy show back in the late 50’s/early 60’s I watched as a kid called Mr. Ed, who was a talking horse. Did yours have much to say as you passed on by?

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