Sandy’s cup runneth over

The Victoria and Albert Museum inner courtyard with paddling pool

Today was another very grey day here so I looked back for a sunny picture from my sister Mary’s portfolio to brighten things up by way of the guest picture of the day.  It shows the Victoria and Albert Museum with a paddling pool.

The Victoria and Albert Museum inner courtyard with paddling pool
The Victoria and Albert Museum inner courtyard with paddling pool

The forecast was very gloomy for the day but when Sandy and I drove up to Bentpath early in the morning to put our pictures for the show into the tent, it was at least dry.  It started to rain as we drove back home and things looked rather ominous for the show.

After breakfast, I had to go and get petrol as the car had been beeping at me to fill up as we drove down from Bentpath and then I visited the producers’ market to stock up on fish, cheese, honey and venison.  It was lucky that I was in the car as rain lashed down just as it was time for me to go home.

A few minutes later it had stopped and Sandy joined us for a cup of coffee.

This was the pattern for the day as the rain came and went and I got a moment to look round the garden in a dry spell after Sandy had gone home. Unsurprisingly it was still wet out there.

wet poppy
A soggy poppy
Depressed sunflowers

There were bright spots though.

Virginia creeper

Japanese anemones

And there were still plums waiting to be picked.


After lunch, I stayed inside, out of the weather and did a tricky crossword until it was time to put on waterproof trousers and wellies and go back up to the flower show to see how we had done.

I picked Sandy up and we were pleased to see that the weather was looking a tiny bit brighter as we went up the road and for the moment at least there was no sign of rain.

We were greeted at the show field by a fine set of scarecrows….

Benty scarecrows

…one of whom was particularly pleased to see us.

Benty scarecrow

In spite of the gloomy weather the show was in full swing and there were a fair few people in the tents.  We joined them and Sandy was very pleased to see that he had won the cup for most points in the photographic section.  As he had claimed two firsts, four seconds and a third, he had won the cup by an ample margin.

I had a first, a second and a third so I was reasonably pleased too but very conscious that having been walloped by Sandy at two shows running, I will have to up my game a bit.  Mind you, Sandy is a good photographer so it is no shame to lag a bit behind him.

The afternoon stayed dry but it was still very dark and gloomy so it was not a day for happy show snaps.  There were only two terriers in the terrier race…

terrier race benty show

…and one was much better at jumping than running so that contest was exactly thrilling.

I had hoped to get some exciting pictures of the trail hounds leaping fences, fording the river and racing to the finish in the show field but the bad weather on the hill tops had obviously put them off severely because they didn’t come down the hill and into the field to complete the trail at all and the owners went off to try to find out where they had got to.

I had to make do with a distant shot of the leading two runners in the fell race reaching the select crowd at the summit before coming back down.

Benty Fell race

A bright spot was the success of one of one of Mrs Tootlepedal’s cardoons in gaining a first prize for a friend who had used it in a flower set piece.

cardoon at Benty

I looked at some machinery that had been lined up for people to guess what the original use was….

machinery at Benty
Your guess is as good as mine

…enjoyed an unusual angle when viewing at the church across the river…

Westerkirk church

…and tried not to slip over in the mud.

All that was left to do was to wait for Sandy to collect his well earned trophy….

Sandy at Benty Show

…and then drive home.  As we left the field, it started to rain again so we felt that we and the show’s organisers had been very lucky with the weather, all things considered.

I had some fish for my tea and Mrs Tootlepedal cooked some delicious courgette fritters to go with it so a quiet day ended well.

No flying bird on such a gloomy day but a the brightest bloom I could find in the garden, a rudbeckia, as flower of the day.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

30 thoughts on “Sandy’s cup runneth over

  1. I know I don’t chime in often but I so love your posts and the slice of life you share! We have had a maddeningly wet summer here in Houston! Most imagine Texas as dry with cactus. I live on the gulf coast and it is hot, humid and wet, not easy for a Southern California girl that spent enough time in the south of England to be a total anglophile : ) Your sunflowers did get their due! I do wonder if the machinery is an apple or fruit press to get juice? Looks oddly familiar. Happy Gardening!

  2. I agree with Laurin about the piece of machinery on the right, it does appear to have been used to remove and collect the juice from fruit. The machinery on the left looks a little like a corn sheller, but I don’t think it is.

    Congratulations to both Sandy and yourself for such a fine showing in the photo contest!

    On a rainy day with many scents in the air, there’s no telling where the hounds would have gone. But, they always seem to find their way home come feeding time.

    1. The worried owners were off with a bucket in hand. The general opinion seemed to be that they would have gone back on the trail and returned to the start.

  3. I checked the wild plum trees that I know today and there wasn’t a plum to be found, despite being full of flowers last spring.
    I like the shot if the flying terrier.
    Congratulations to both you and Sandy on your photographic success. Well earned and well overdue, in my opinion.

  4. Well done to both of you for your photographic achievements.
    That plum looks delicious.

  5. Congratulations to you and Sandy!

    What are the white flowers in the photo just above the plum waiting to be picked?

    I agree with Laurin and Jerry, the machine on the right looks to be some kind of press for fruit, maybe even grapes. My guess is that is was probably used for apples.

  6. Congratulations to the photographers! Another exciting day in the borders. Love the photo of the church and bridge – favourite subjects combined! The rudbeckia certainly brightened up a damp day.

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