Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary’s Lake District trip. I have shown you some of her nice bridges so I thought I better include a lake too. This is Grasmere.
The main business of the day was our Carlisle Community Choir concert in the afternoon but the morning was free for other things. Mrs Tootlepedal went off to sing in the church choir and I had another go at shooting bees.
I got a better picture but I wonder if this is a hoverfly and not a bee at all.
There were definite bees about.
I peered into the heart of a poppy….
…and enjoyed the sight a new rosa complicata popping out in the middle of the rosa moyesii.
Back inside, I went through all the songs for the concert and then to give my head a rest, I went for a short walk round Gaskell’s.
I started with a view of seven ducklings at Pool Corner…
…and wished that I had brought my other camera with me to do them justice.
I have been rather lax in the matter of taking gate pictures lately so here is one with a fine view of a meadow behind it.
There had been sharp shower of rain while I was going through the songs and everything looked very fresh in the sunshine….
…though I kept an eye for encroaching clouds.
I was lucky though and it stayed fine while I walked and only rained again early in the afternoon.
I had interested spectators.
There were lots of wild flowers to keep me entertained. Here are some samples.
And two geums. I like really whiskery flower.
There were fruits as well as flowers.
The path back to the town was a narrow causeway in a sea of green.
Spring is turning into summer and the lambs are growing up.
It was a refreshing walk and there was just time for another look through the songs and an early lunch before we sett off to Carlisle for a final rehearsal and the concert.
Our concert was held in St Cuthbert’s Church, a very handsome church with a gallery.
It was hard work, as we had a intense workout at the songs and then only a short break before the concert itself. The audience gave every evidence of thoroughly enjoying the programme and as far as the tenors went, we did many things pretty well and did our best to forget about the moments when our memories let us down.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I have put our names down for a final flourish next week when some of the choir are giving an informal performance and then the singing season will have ended for another year and we will have a couple of months off before starting all over again.
Next to the car park where we left the car while we sung is a large area of flat ground which was occupied by car showrooms until recently. The show rooms have been demolished and the area is now occupied by gulls, lots of them.
Mrs Tootlepedal was very impressed by the fact that almost all the gulls were sitting pointing in the same direction. They were there at half past one when we arrived and they were still there at six o’clock when we left. I wondered if they were sitting on nests among the concrete.
With a busy day on the cards tomorrow, we were glad to have a quiet evening in.
A flower of the day to end with today as I couldn’t catch anything in flight.