Today’s guest picture comes from my son Tony who has been experimenting with my old Lumix which I gave to him on Thursday. This is his ‘flying birds’ taken at none o’clock in the evening..
We had a really lovely day today with a cool underlying temperature (17° C at its hottest) and wall to wall sunshine. For me, this is just perfect as I don’t like it when it gets too hot.
I had to take some Archive Group heritage disks up to the Welcome to Langholm office in the morning so I took my camera with me and walked back by way of the Kilngreen and the new path round the Castleholm. It was pure pleasure to be and about on such a day.
I took a couple of pictures in the garden before I left….
…and enjoyed my extended walk back from the town.
I stopped to have a look at the two noble firs at the corner of the path as they are always interesting. They were more interesting than usual today, I thought. One of the pair was covered in more cones than I have ever seen before.
The other had no cones at all but the remains of many flowers.
I walked on, passing wild flowers….
….and hearing odd sounds in the distance.
When I had crossed the Jubilee Bridge….
…the source of the sound became obvious as I was assailed by the playing of the Langholm Pipe Band…
…who were entertaining a crowd of parents and children which had gathered for a junior cricket event.
I had time for a look at two very spiky flowers as I went round the playing field…
…along with a flower doing aerobics and a fly not flying.
When I got back to the garden, I considered the down side from a lawn maintenance point of view of having a very prolific Philadelphus near the lawn….
…and then stopped moaning to myself and enjoyed combining clearing up the petals with mowing the lawn.
When I had finished the lawn, I turned compost Bin B into compost C.
Then Mrs Tootlepedal came out to give her new secateurs a test.
The secateurs come with a special sharpening stone of their own and every part is replaceable individually. They are Swiss made and are well worth the 600 mile round trip to get them. I was allowed a go and can report that they are as smooth as butter in operation.
There are always roses to look at at present so I looked at some.
I noted the two different astilbes in the garden…
…and was just going in for lunch when Mrs Tootlepedal spotted a butterfly.
I was doubly pleased to see this small tortoiseshell, not just because it is always good to see a butterfly but also because the small tortoiseshells are said to be getting rather scarce.
After lunch, we went off to Carlisle.
Mrs Tootlepedal did some very good quality shopping (including dates, prunes, tea, coffee and cheese) while I went to a pub and did some unofficial bonding with a group of the basses and tenors from our Carlisle choir. This involved beer and conversation and while I had very little beer, I did have a lot of conversation. The bonding was the idea of one of the basses as the choir doesn’t meet in the summer months and a very good idea it was.
The odd thing about the affair was that on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, most of Carlisle seemed to think that packing into a pub was the best thing to do and the place was full to bursting. I had thought that we might be the only people to be in there on such a good day to be outside.
When I left after a couple of hours to go home with Mrs Tootlepedal, the rest of the bonders were still there chatting away merrily.
Once home, I thought of a cycle ride but the call of the compost was too strong and I finished the compost turning by putting the contents of Bin A into Bin B. The new demountable wooden compost bins make this a very easy task but I was happy to have got the job finished. The compost in Bin A was really quite hot in the centre of the heap and I hope it doesn’t get so hot in Bin B that it sets fire to the bin. That would be a tragedy.
I took a couple of evening sunshine flower shots…
Checked out a bee on a hosta flower….
…and went in to enjoy some fishcakes, with new potatoes and turnips from the garden, for my tea.
Altogether a very satisfactory day.
Here are two sitting Kilngreen ducks for the flying bird of the day slot today.