Today’s guest pictures were sent to me by Langholm exile Tom and show that the South Africans are just as good at spoiling beautiful scenery with power lines as we are.
We enjoyed the last day of our good weather today and I had a busy but uneventful time.
It started when Sandy came round to borrow my trimmer to trim his entries for the Canonbie Flower Show (who rather annoyingly use a non standard size for their entries).
Then I popped out for a quick 20 mile bicycle ride (and because of the very light wind, it was quite quick by my standards).
Then there was time to look round the garden and see some of the new flowers which have arrived, some quite routine…
…and others, more exciting.
There is a lot of colour in one of the beds along the front lawn.
There are clematis flowers to be seen elsewhere. One is a curious green and white affair where it is hard to tell the flowers from the leaves and the other is in the wrong place or so the gardener tells me.
And the Golden Syllabub has finally produced a reasonable bloom.
So in spite of it being the season of berries…
…we are still in cheerful mood.
Especially as I ate the first plum of the year today.
The rest of the day was spent going to Edinburgh to visit Matilda, who was in excellent form.
A little football on the lawn revealed that she has an excellent left foot and can shoot straight.
We had a good time playing in her tiny garden and enjoyed a meal of various curries before walking back through the town in a very mellow evening light…
…and catching the train home again.
Our drive from Lockerbie to Langholm was illuminated by a generous moon and I took a picture of it when we got home.
In fact, I took two pictures with different exposures and very different results.
The flower of the day is one of the prolific poppies (and friend) which brighten our garden up at the moment.