Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Gavin who met these sea creatures while on a walking holiday in the west.
According to the forecast, the weather for the rest of the week and beyond is going to be cold, wet and windy so we tried to make good use of a very pleasant day today.
After breakfast I had a little business to do on the computer and then I went up to the Archive Centre to pick some more of the sheets that the industrious data miners had piled up ready for entering into the database.
After that, I spent as much time out of doors as I could. Mrs Tootlepedal spent all day out in the garden, planting, trimming, tidying and generally providing me with as many beautiful things to photograph over the next few months as is humanly possible in our climate.
I spent time shredding hedge clippings, trimming the clematis over the back door so it doesn’t get into the gutter….
…sieving compost and mowing lawns.
The front lawn is still very mossy so I got the scarifier out and scarified it for the third time this year. I am anxious not to have to re-seed the lawn so I have the scarifier on a gentle setting but Mrs Tootlepedal was still impressed by how much moss came out. I was rather de-pressed. We shall see in a week or two whether the work was worthwhile or not.
I had plenty of time between tasks to appreciate the fruits of Mrs Tootlepedal’s labours.
The white Scotch roses are looking well too.
I trimmed one side of the yew before the perennial nasturtium crept round the corner….
…but I can’t trim this side at the moment. The nasturtium is growing furiously.
The Rosa Goldfinch is also thriving and makes a grand sight from a distance….
…and from close up.
As well as the usual crowd on the astrantia there were visitors elsewhere in the garden…
…and there was a very satisfactory buzz about the place.
The violas and ox eye daisies in the bed round the bird feeder are doing exceptionally well this year and they continue to provide a feast of colour…
…with the help of some geums and Welsh poppies.
For added colour, more coral peonies are coming into flower.
I was anxious not to waste what might turn out to be the last decent cycling day of the month so I got the fairly speedy bike out and pedalled gently up and down the Wauchope road for 22 miles. This brought my monthly total to 400 miles. This means that even if I don’t get out again before July comes, I have covered enough miles to hit my target for the month of June.
I stopped on my way up the road to admire a spiky yellow wild flower….
Nearby, an umbellifer had the inevitable visitor.
And there was also this to catch the eye.
Three flowers for the price of one stop was very good value.
I made a second stop when I was pedalling along the banks of the Esk in the town to have a look at two oyster catchers beside the river.
I did stop again on my third lap when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw that Genghis the grass cutter had failed in his attempt to slaughter every orchid beside the road.
I got home in time to pick a few strawberries to make some more jam as the last batch has proved very popular and is disappearing rapidly.
My flute pupil Luke came and we did some more work on our Haydn trio. Working out the timing for a slow movement with a good mixture of demi-semi quavers, semi-quavers, quavers and crotchets (with the occasional triplet thrown in) requires a lot of hard work and concentration but we are progressing.
After tea, I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel and playing works by Telemann, Boismortier and Mozart gave us great pleasure.
If this does prove to be the last day of good weather for some time, at least we were able to enjoy it thoroughly.
The flying bird of the day hasn’t quite taken off yet.