Today’s guest picture comes from my younger son and shows some fine artwork created by his daughter Matilda. If it came to a choice between this work and Tracy Emin’s famous bed, I know where my preference would lie.
The Scandinavian high pressure system continues to do good work and we had another fine but cool day today.
The wind had died down a bit from yesterday and I got out on the fairly speedy bike aftre breakfast and managed a modest 20 miles on my usual circuit down to Canonbie and back.
The wind was behind me as I cycled up the Wauchope road and I stopped to looked back as I turned off and climbed up to the Kerr. I expected the wind to be a bit of a nuisance for the rest of the ride but either my legs were in better condition than they felt or the wind must have shifted a fraction because the rest of the journey was remarkably comfortable.
I stopped to admire the site of the new Canonbie sewage works as I went along the old main road…
…and I reflected that the old road which I was on was closed to through traffic about 35 years ago and it has taken just about as long to get the site of the new sewage works agreed and the work started. Everyone wants a sewage works of course but no one wants it near them.
I stopped again a few hundred yards later to admire a tree.
I had time for a quick look round the garden when I got back.
Although the days are cool and fine, the night time temperatures are holding up very well, perhaps because of the breezy conditions, and the garden has still got a lot to look at.
The reason for the brief garden walk was the need to catch the train from Lockerbie after lunch to go and see Matilda in Edinburgh.
Autumn has started to show itself in Lockerbie.
It was a beautiful day for a train journey through the border hills and the phone did very well to capture the passing scene, especially as it was passing at 60 to 70 mph at the time.
We got to Edinburgh safely and promptly and Matilda (and her parents) were pleased to see us. Matilda’s cousin Lola and her mother were due to visit later in the day and Mrs Tootlepedal had volunteered to make tea for the whole party. This was a heavy task but luckily, she had an assistant.
While they were busy in the kitchen, Matilda’s father was showing an inherited trait in the garden.
He was, as Matilda said, ‘lawning’.
My lawn mowing supervision mostly consisted of eating some tasty raspberries from a lawnside bush but I did uproot a daisy or two as my share of the work after the mowing was finished.
The visitors came, the tea was eaten and then we went home again after a very satisfactory afternoon.
Although there was just the faintest hint of rain as we got home from Lockerbie, the forecast for tomorrow is looking good again. We are having an excellent spell of weather in contrast to those suffering from severe problems across the Atlantic. Our thoughts are with them.
The flower of the day is an autumn crocus from Matilda’s garden…
…but a shortage of opportunity meant that this was the best that I could do for a flying bird today.