Dampened but not dispirited

Excitement at Magdalen Bridge

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary’s visit to Oxford and shows some punters quanting. (I am using punter here in the sense of people having an inexpert go at something.)

Excitement at Magdalen Bridge

As forecast, our fine weather came to an end today.   A grey day was brightened by the arrival of Dropscpone with the traditional bag of Friday treacle scones and it at least waited until lunchtime before the serious rain started.

This allowed me to get the drying green, the greenhouse grass and the front lawn mowed and to get a bit of useful dead heading in as well.

By the time I had done this, the rain was coming down so the only photographs that I took in the garden today were of views from the shelter of the back door and I put them in here without comment.

back door view

back door view

back door view

back door view

I didn’t mind the rain in the afternoon as I had a busy time preparing my prints for the Canonbie Flower Show tomorrow.  When I had got everything sorted, I had to drive down to Canonbie to get my entries in and pay for them.  Rather annoyingly, I wasn’t able to take my prints with me and put them up as the photos are only accepted tomorrow morning.  This means an early start for me and Sandy as space is at a premium and if you want an eye level slot, you have to be prompt.

In the evening, Mike and Alison Tinker came round and Alison and I had our first burst of music for some time.  Considering how long it was since we had last played we did remarkably well, often playing in the same key and finishing pieces at the same time.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “Dampened but not dispirited

  1. The organizers of the Canonbie Flower Show don’t exactly go out of their way to make the entry process an easy one, do they? That said, good luck to both you and Sandy. (If you can only get one eye level spot do you think Sandy will relinquish it to you, given that he can both crouch down and get up?!)

  2. Best of luck to you and Sandy in the photo competition!

    The border of bright yellow rudbeckia and dark orange nasturtiums is beautiful. Nice combination.

    Rain! We are not due for regular rain here until some time in October. It reached 105 degrees here today. The grass is brown and crinkles underfoot. Rick and I are spending a lot of time spot watering mornings and evenings to keep plantings alive.

  3. Beautiful views from your back door- hope you have somewhere to sit in the house to admire those lovely borders. Look forward to the time I can drop the ‘new’ word ‘quanting’ into the conversation- love it!

  4. There’s something to be said for rainy days when you get beautiful color saturation and no shadows as you did with the images of the garden today! Good luck in the photo contest!

  5. Some very fine back door shots
    Hope the lawn is enjoying the rain even if you are not.
    Good luck to you and Sandy with your pictures.

  6. Good luck with you entries at the Flower Show! I hope your great flower shots get an eye-level spot and the attention they deserve.

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