Sunshine and bonding

Tony's moon

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..

Tony's moon

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….

lilies

second poppy

…and enjoyed my extended walk back from the town.

The Sawmill Brig
The Sawmill Brig
grass beside the The Sawmill Brig
Rather ghostly grass along the river bank above the bridge
Ty Penningham's path
The ‘new’ path
Langholm Castle
Langholm Castle is getting smothered in growth on its ruined walls

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.

noble fir cones

The other had no cones at all but the remains of many flowers.

noble fir cones

I walked on, passing wild flowers….

wild flower

….and hearing odd sounds in the distance.

When I had crossed the Jubilee Bridge….

River Esk above Jubilee Bridge
The river Esk seen from the bridge. The trees make an impressive canyon for it to run through.

…the source of the sound became obvious as I was assailed by the playing of the Langholm Pipe Band…

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…

nettle and spiky flower

…along with a flower doing aerobics and a fly not flying.

hawkbit and fly

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….

philadelphus petals

…and then stopped moaning to myself and enjoyed combining clearing up the petals with mowing the lawn.

Middle 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.

secateurs

They passed.

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.

special grandma and Lilian Austin
Special Grandma and Lilian Austin

I noted the two different astilbes in the garden…

astilbes

…and was just going in for lunch when Mrs Tootlepedal spotted a butterfly.

small tortoiseshell 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…

sweet peas
Sweet peas in their protective cage
lupin, foxglove and delphinium
Lupin, foxglove and delphinium

Checked out a bee on a hosta flower….

bee on hosta

…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.

Kilngreen ducks

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

26 thoughts on “Sunshine and bonding

  1. The New walk is not that new but was made in 2009 for the Ty Pennington TV programme and was built in a week by volunteer labour and cost absolutely nothing. It has proved to be the most popular walk in the town and loads of people walk it every day. I suggested that it might be a nice walk and they accepted my proposal and it has exceeded all our expectations.

  2. If Mrs. T traveled 600 miles for the secateurs, they must be something super special. It seems like it would have been easier to have them shipped to you.

    It was a fine day that filled your post with fine photos.

    1. She did visit a very good garden show with her daughter which was the primary aim of her visit. The secateurs were collateral damage to the wallet.

  3. There’s nothing like a good pair of secateurs, or what we call hand pruners. Well made ones should last a lifetime.
    The shot of the lawn and garden is beautiful, as always.
    It looks like your old Lumix is doing a fine job. It’s hard to keep both the moon and anything else in a photo of the moon in focus.

  4. That was a good idea to have a sociable time with the tenors and basses.
    Glad the secateurs passed their test.
    Always glad to see a sweet pea.

  5. Lovely photos on a proper sunny day. Love the photo of the butterfly , the view of your garden and the pipers-how wonderful that they turn out for a junior event.

  6. The Sawmill Brig is another fine one.

    The high quality secateurs have found a proper home in your high quality garden.

    “The Call of the Compost” has the potential to be a good title for something – maybe a fiddle tune.

  7. Many beautiful scenes of your area. I love grasses, although I am always attempting to keep them at bay in the garden. They do have a beauty all their own.

    The ducks look like interesting hybrids.

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