Some welcome warmth

Four Stones Radnor

Today’s guest picture comes from Mike Tinker who is on holiday in Wales.  He tells me , “I came across this interesting ancient monument while walking here in New Radnor -it is strangely called Four Stones.”  I think that I have worked out how it got its title.

Four Stones Radnor

We had a really pleasant day today – warm and dry, not too windy and with some occasional sunny spells.  I should have been out on my bike all day as I am still short of miles for June but a combination of mild asthma and sore feet kept me off the bike in the morning.

This gave me the chance to go bee hunting again.

bee on geranium
This one was exploring a chive
bee on geranium
This one was getting really stuck into a geranium.

We are getting a good variety of bees which is pleasing.

There are plenty of  bright flowers for the bees to visit.

iceland poppy and iris

And lots of detail for the bees to admire when they make their visits.

flower hearts

I was very pleased to see some flowers on the potatoes…

potato flowers

…and I am looking forward to some new potatoes from the garden in the not too distant future.

After a look at the tropaeolum….


…which I see has had to be tied down to stop it flying off, I got the hover mower out and gave the greenhouse grass and the drying green a haircut.  Mrs Tootlepedal has been busy with the strimmer so although these areas are in the working part of the garden, they look very neat.

I was just thinking about going for a cycle ride after lunch when a knock on the back door heralded the arrival of Dropscone at a very non standard time.  He had purchased four brioche rolls at such an advantageous price (10p for all four) when passing through Hawick just before the supermarket closed for the night that he felt he had to share them with me.  This was very kind of him and we enjoyed two each over a cup of tea.

After he left, I finally got kitted up and went off on the fairly speedy bike.  I pottered round the 20  mile trip down to Canonbie and back with plenty of stops for photos.  They haven’t got round to mowing the verges immediately out of the town so I was able to enjoy a colourful mixture of buttercups and clover….

buttercups and clover

…with an attendant bee…

bee on clover
This bee really is in clover.

..before pedalling on wondering how they could bring themselves to cut verges when they look like this.

There was a different sort of growth beside the road at the top of the hill on the Kerr road.

new trees

These tubes all contain broad leaved saplings as the landowners can’t get permission to plant conifers unless they provide a fringe of native trees round the new plantations.  On the other side of this little summit are rows of identical conifers.

I am looking for views taken in Canonbie Parish to enter into the Canonbie Flower Show in August so I tested out a few possibilities as I went from Langholm Parish into Canonbie and then back out again.

A typical scene
baling the silage Canonbie
Baling the silage

The natives were interested in what I was doing.

Canonbie cows

In between taking those two views, my route took me down the main Canonbie by-pass. This is quite a busy road with fast traffic  and and I don’t usually stop for picture opportunities while I am on it but some bright colour caught my eye today and I applied the brakes.

More orchids
Lots more orchids

For a short section of the road, the verge was full of orchids.  They must bloom there every year but I have never noticed them before.  I couldn’t miss them today.

I stopped for my three favourite trees in full summer rig out….

Canonbie trees

…before cycling through the village and back up the Esk to Langholm.

The verges on the old road hadn’t been cut and I stopped twice for things that got my attention.

ragged robin
Ragged Robin
an umbellifer and friend
An umbellifer and friend

I was going to take a picture of a yellow rose in the garden when I had a walk round after I got home but on closer inspection, I decided that it might not be quite what the readers would want to see…

rose with flies
The downside of a warm and calm day

…so I didn’t take it.

After tea, another excellent fish pie from Mrs Tootlepedal, I went off to sing with the small choir that is practising to sing three songs in a concert in the town in July.  There were nine sopranos and trebles, four altos and three tenors.  I modestly took my place as the one  and only bass but I certainly didn’t oompah up and down the square.

We had a most enjoyable practice and I have got a month to try and get a bit of tone quality into my unused low notes.

No flying birds or bees today.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

28 thoughts on “Some welcome warmth

  1. I like that shot of the potato flowers too. The vegetable garden often holds some real beauties.
    I’m glad you’re seeing plenty of bees and glad they’re holding still for you. I haven’t gotten a good shot of one yet.
    The orchids are amazing, both for their beauty and the fact that they grow on the roadside and survive being mowed down. It seems that they start mowing earlier every year here. I’ve seen 3 tractors already and it’s only mid June. It loos like you have the same problem.

  2. Wonderful photos! Believe it or not, your neck of the woods looks a little like central Maine, where i live.

      1. We have more trees, I think. But we do have some rolling hills and fields here, too.

      2. Maine is pretty forested. However, the pictures in your post did remind me of Maine. Later pictures, of the beautiful rolling countryside, not so much 😉

  3. Good to see so many bee photos! When the spearmint starts looming, ours should be covered in bees, in a good year. If we have few visitors on the spearmint, then I will definitely be concerned.

    The shot of the three trees and the open road is always a welcome sight. 🙂

      1. Mint makes good mulch (and smells great), but I am told unless it is organically farmed, it contains a lot of unwanted chemical residue.

      2. Oh dear! I hadn’t thought of that. It’s the same thing here with cranberry mulch not being organic (except for one farm, Starvation Alley).

  4. Goodness, you have practically crawled inside the flowers with those bees. What an incredible close-up lens you must have. Beautiful color in there.

  5. When I see flowers beyond the mowing line I always wonder how many more flowers there would have been. Our local farmer is very good and doesn’t mow until after the flowers have seeded. However, some of our home owners, (especially the newer ones) like to mow the common land verges near their homes to ‘keep them tidy’!

  6. The two views that you shot to possibly enter in the Canonbie photo show caught my eye, very well composed! I’d tell you again how nice it is to see all the beautiful flowers, from either the garden or along the road, but you’re probably tired of hearing that.

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