Nothing much doing

Transporter Bridge, Middlesborough

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother.  He has got back from Belgium and us visiting Hartlepool with my oldest sister.  They went to see the transporter bridge at Middlesborough and for the price of 60p each way, they crossed over and back.

Transporter Bridge, Middlesborough

We had a nearly perfect summer day today, with sensible temperatures even in the sunshine.  This enabled me to do some useful gardening in the morning (when I wasn’t drinking coffee with Sandy) which included some dead heading, a bit of propping up a flagging rose, some clipping of box balls and a first dose of compost sieving for Bin D.

A reader recently complained that there have not been enough exciting compost bin pictures lately so here is Bin A being instantly refilled by the ever busy gardener and Bin B, shut up for a while before the next compost convulsion.

Compost bins

From time to time, I wandered around with my camera.

A pink poppy
A pink poppy makes a welcome addition to the many red ones.
Lilian Austin rose
Two stages of the Lilian Austin rose side by side

Not all the flowers are outside.  Mrs Tootlepedal cuts the sweet peas.

sweet peas

I spent quite a bit of time sorting through my pictures to find six for our forthcoming camera club exhibition.  They printed out very well which was a relief as often pictures seem magically to print out very differently from how they appear on screen.

After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to visit Matilda in Edinburgh and had a good time there and I allowed myself the luxury of snoozing in front of the telly while cycling heroes completed the mountain time trial in the Tour de France.

I was so tired watching them by the time that they finished that I decided to limit my own cycling to a single mile first along the river, then over three bridges and quickly back home.

I saw my  oyster catchers at the usual spot where the dam from behind our house eventually enters the River Esk.  I suspect that it must carry some extra nourishment down with it as the oyster catchers seem very busy pecking away there.

Oyster catcher

A few yards away there was a disturbance.  Looking around I saw that it was being caused by a young wagtail demanding food from its parent.

Wagtail and young

I pedalled on and looked over the Town Bridge to see Mr Grumpy standing on a rock.

Mr Grumpy

He must have been behaving as he wasn’t being harassed by gulls today.

When I got back, I mowed the middle lawn and then had another look round for some interesting flowers.  Mrs Tootlepedal has planted out dahlias all over the garden and this one was at the end of the lawn which I was mowing.


Nearby a crocosmia has reared its head.


And we are getting flocks of phlox.


The Rosa Wren has not been flowering profusely to say the least, but when the flowers do come, they are worth waiting for.

Rosa Wren

On the other hand, there are a large number of knapweed flowers.

Wheels within wheels

In the evening, Susan picked me up and we went to Carlisle to play with our recorder group.  There were only four of us instead of our usual five and as a result we played a lot of music that we don’t play very often which was a treat.

As a sign of the turning of the year, Susan had to put the car lights on as we drove home.  Tempus fugit.

No flying bird of the day today I am afraid but that pink poppy makes a reappearance as floating flower of the day.

pink poppy


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

23 thoughts on “Nothing much doing

  1. A wonderful old fashioned fragrance must come from the sweet peas. My grandmother grew them but I never have.
    I like that pink poppy and I’ve always liked pink roses.
    There are probably a lot of nutrients that get washed into the stream behind your house from yours and other gardens, and they might make plants and critters in the river grow a little bigger and better than they normally would. But I don’t know what oyster catchers eat. I’m guessing that there aren’t any oysters in the river.

  2. What a stellar collection of flower photos. Mrs. T’s arrangement of sweet peas is lovely – I can almost smell those pink blooms. Your blog is the only place I’ve ever seen a pink poppy – it’s very striking. You’re right about how quickly compost builds up – we’re very lucky to have the city collect it and then let us pick up the final product. Mind you, we miss out on the hours of fun you have with your bins!

  3. Of course I was thrilled to see the compost composting away.

    With so many stunning flowers to choose from, I have to wonder how you manage to limit yourself to just a few? Every one of them was a winner today, as were the oyster catchers and wagtails.

    1. I would like to have got a better shot of the wagtails but they are very fidgety birds and were just too far away. More exciting compost shots will doubtless follow.

  4. couldn’t believe my eyes when I open the blog post today – The Trannie – as its known locally. I cycle past it every week, if not every day,. It was very well refurbished but we are too frugal to pay the cost of using it.
    There seem to be lots of oyster catchers about over here too.

  5. Always love these eye-catching photos, especially the knapweed, a living mandala. The pink poppy looks radiant!

    Drinking coffee with friends and gardening sounds like a wonderful start to the day.

  6. A colourful parade of beautiful flowers and characterful birds keeping busy and posing. A read of Wiki to bring me up to date with the top photo- very interesting. Hope we can see the photos you are entering into the exhibition- how do you decide when you have so many wonderful photos to choose from?

    1. It is a big problem picking pictures and in the end desperation takes over and I am often quite unsatisfied with my selection. This year’s have all appeared in the blog, puffins, bridges, birds, flowers.

  7. The Lilian Austin and the sweet peas shots look particularly soft and romantic. I enjoy all your flower shots though. You have such a beautiful garden. 🙂

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