A wet blanket

Mary Jo's garden

Today’s guest picture comes from my Manitoba correspondent, Mary Jo.  She has got the opportunity to share a piece of ground with a neighbour as a garden.  She tells me, “My garden boxes are too small for any amount of large crops like spuds and squash and tomatoes, and I am tickled to finally be let loose on a larger patch.  We opened about 65 x 110 feet, so we should easily supply the two families and also donate to the local food bank.”  It looks like she might have plenty of work on her hands.

Mary Jo's garden

Our garden looked liked this today…

puddle on lawn

…very soggy.

It was because it was like this…


…for a lot of the day.

It didn’t discourage these two though.


You would think that all that pecking would aerate the lawn and help the drainage but there were a lot of puddles so they are not helping.  We tried to get a photo that would show what they were pecking up to eat but they were too quick for us.

Dropscone wasn’t discouraged by the weather either and came round with some scones which went down very well with some superior North Berwick coffee.  He told me that his golf has been so disappointing recently that he has bought a new club.  As all golfers will know, a new club is bound to make you play better so I am very hopeful for him.

As Dropscone left, there was a small gap in the rain and I had a quick look at the garden.

The azaleas seem pretty rainproof


They give off a cheerful air even on the gloomiest day.

Mrs Tootlepedal doesn’t much like aquilegias but I do so I was pleased to see an early one.


Some Icelandic poppies chose a very bad day to burst into flower and I had to get very low to look this one in the face.

Icelandic poppy

I managed to find things to do indoors while the rain came down and spent some useful time putting a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and taking literally thousands of photos off my computer and putting them on to an external hard drive.

After lunch, a friend from our Langholm choir came round for some practice and Luke came round for his flute lesson so a bit of music brightened the afternoon and in the evening, I went off to the last camera club meeting of the 2016-17 season ,where a small group of members enjoyed a very interesting set of pictures.

All in all, I got the best out of a pretty miserable day as far as the weather went….and after many very dry weeks, we certainly needed some rain so no complaints.

It was too soggy for photos though so no flower or bird of the day.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

18 thoughts on “A wet blanket

  1. We could use some of your rain right now. We’ve not had any in months. It’s very dry and lots of brush fires are burning in the state, luckily not on our island or nearby.

  2. The azaleas are beautiful and so is their spot in the garden.
    I like that plum colored columbine too.
    If you take a large tin can, cut both ends off with a can opener and then screw one end into the lawn, you can then fill it with water. Any insects in the lawn will float to the surface of the water in the can and then you’ll know what the birds are after. This works especially well with thrips.

  3. I knew you weren’t listening, I have not bought a new club, I said I could play with less clubs and it wouldn’t make any difference.

  4. We desperately need more rain here. It is not trying hard enough – just grey and windy. Fine picture of the Icelandic poppy.

  5. Shame on you for not being out on your bike in the rain. I met fifteen cyclists between Lochmaben and Hodam yesterday, who looked as though they were really enjoying themselves ( not)

  6. That’s a very large Manitoba veggie patch! I love the poppy photo- the background sets it off. Now that some Granny’s Bonnet plants have downy mildew problem I treasure the flowers even more.

  7. Good to hear Dropscone brought scones and a break in the rain. Best of luck to him with his new golf club.

    It would be interesting to know what the jackdaws have found for grubs or insects. Are Japanese beetles are problem where you are? I think the grubs overwinter in grassy areas.

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