Green walk

Grasmere

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.

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.

hoverfly

There were definite bees about.

bee
Collecting pollen from a Welsh poppy

I peered into the heart of a poppy….

poppy

…and enjoyed the sight a new rosa complicata popping out in the middle of the rosa moyesii.

roses

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…

seven ducklings

…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.

Young riders field

There had been  sharp shower of rain while I was going through the songs and everything looked very fresh in the sunshine….

springhill

…though I kept an eye for encroaching clouds.

Harry's Hounds field

I was lucky though and it stayed fine while I walked and only rained again early in the afternoon.

I had interested spectators.

cow at auld stane brig

There were lots of wild flowers to keep me entertained.  Here are some samples.

Two purple…

toadflax and geranium
Toadflax and geranium

Two pink.

clover and campion
Clover and campion

And two geums.  I like really whiskery flower.

geums

There were fruits as well as flowers.

raspberry
I think that might be an early blackberry flower on the left and there is an indication of a very healthy wild raspberry crop to come on the right.

The path back to the town was a narrow causeway in a sea of green.

Gaskell's Walk

Spring is turning into summer and the lambs are growing up.

lambs

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.

St Cuthbert's

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.

gulls

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.

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Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

21 thoughts on “Green walk

    1. These clouds waited politely until I had finished my walk. It would be good if all clouds were so considerate. I hope we get a good crop of blackberries this year as I would like to make jelly.

  1. Wonderful photographs Mr T, as always.
    I was about to ask you “what’s happened to gate photographs” but then I saw you had rectified the shortfall today.

    Your church is quite beautiful, and I’m sure, so was your singing.
    Always love your blog posts.

  2. Well done for all your hard work for the concert. Wish I had been there to hear it.
    A fine selection of flowers with a beautiful iris pretending to be a bird.

  3. Your gardens are looking lovely, and good to hear the concert went well. I would love to hear a recording of one of these concerts. The blending of many voices in harmony is a wonderful listening experience.

    Our June is getting off to a cool, wet start, with some possible thunderstorms in the forecast this weekend. I am hoping we do not get hail along with them this year.

  4. Excellent work on a very beautiful location. Without doubt nature is the best guest there is and the picture of the cows in the field is magnificent. Keep mesmerizing us with your work

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