Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Ada and shows a golden-ringed dragonfly which she spotted on the road outside her house. One of those green eyed monsters.
I was still remarkably creaky this morning so when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in church, I wondered if Dr Velo could work his magic on my joints and went out for a gentle short ride on the fairly speedy bike.
To make things easy, I went due south to start with, giving me a mildly downhill route which was protected fro the most part from a crosswind. This did mean of course that the return part of the trip was mostly uphill and into the wind but you can’t have everything.
Although I was using roads which were familiar, I chose a route combination which I have never cycled round before and this added interest to my trip. I really like the quiet back roads with occasional large trees in the hedges.
One of the reasons for choosing my route was to check up on a road that used to have the worst surface in the district. I had been reliably informed that it had been repaired and my informant turned out to be quite correct.
There are wide views after you come out of the woods.
In spite of the green verges of the Solwaybank road, on the whole the countryside is gradually turning browner and patches of colour in the verges are getting scarcer. These ‘small yellow dandelion shaped flowers’ among the grasses were an exception.
Possibly common hawkweed.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I had thought of cycling to Westerkirk with our neighbour Liz for a cream tea at the village hall in the afternoon but when Liz turned out to be unable to come with us and then it started to rain a bit, we decided that the sofa had more allure than a soaking and sat down to watch the Ride London cycle race instead of pedalling ourselves.
When it finished, I walked round the garden. The poppies are doing everything that the gardener hoped.
The recent rain and a brisk breeze made them hard to photogrpah close up and some of them ended up looking more like exotic butterflies than anything else.
In the vegetable garden, the cardoon is getting ever bigger…
…and I am worried that when the flower finally blossoms, we won’t be able to see it.
The various clematis on the fence are looking very fine.
And that was about that for the day.
After tea, I added my day’s cycling into my cycle stats and see that I have have now done just over 2500 miles for the year. Considering that the very bad weather early in the year meant that I only did 350 miles in January and February combined, I am mildly pleased with the total.
The flower of the day brings mixed emotions. It is the first sight of the Japanese Anemones for the year. I really like these flowers but they are definitely associated with the end of the summer months and once again, the summer will soon have slipped away before I have done half the things that I meant to do. As I get slower with age, the days seem to pass more quickly.