Today’s guest picture shows Inverary Castle in spring this year. It was sent to me by ‘Garden Tour’ Nancy from Washington State, USA. She met us in May with her husband Phil when they stopped at Langholm on a tour of Britain before going on to the Highlands.
We enjoyed, if that is the right word, another miserable, grey, drizzly and often windy day. It was only suitable for eating treacle scones so it was lucky that it was Friday and Dropscone arrived with a good supply. We shared them with Sandy who joined us for coffee.
After they left, I had a quick whizz round the garden to do some dead heading and take some snaps. The light was too poor for good flower pictures even at midday. The only colour in the day was courtesy of Mrs Tootlepedal.
Once again, the authorities, anxious to keep us happy, had provided a never ending flow of Olympic events to keep us happy while we kept out of the drizzle. A steady supply of medals of various colours for our contenders kept us entertained royally.
I did feel the need for a little exercise after several hours of sofa surfing so I braved the drizzle and went for a walk in the afternoon.
There were no views to be had…
…but I had chosen a sheltered route….
…so it wasn’t too bad.
There was plenty to look at even if taking pictures in the wind and the rain was a bit tricky.
The heather is coming out which always brightens this time of year up and the convolvulus is looking very perky too.
It is the season of berries.
I ate some of them.
The drizzle was quite gentle and I was going to extend my walk until the wind got up again and the drizzle turned to sheets of rain for a while and so I turned for home. I passed a bracket fungus.
…nodded at the fine potentilla along the dam…
…and crashed back onto the sofa for the rest of the day. The weather should get a bit better from tomorrow.
There is no flying bird or flower of the day today but as we have a new family of young blackbirds in the garden at present, here is the perching bird of the day.