Today’s guest picture is a cabbage from our daughter Annie’s allotment. Possibly the best cabbage ever, I think that you will agree.
We had a forecast of persistent rain all day so I resolved to put the day to good use by doing things that needed to be done.
It was indeed raining when we got up.
I started off by grasping my umbrella and setting off to the town, taking some of the Archive Group postcards to the paper shop where they kindly sell them for our funds and following that up by a visit to the Archive Centre to collect some more weeks of the data miners’ work. Then I went down to the Langholm Initiative office to put in a bill for sales of Langholm Archive stuff at Welcome to Langholm. Here my busy morning was somewhat waylaid by meeting an old friend, Dr Barlow from the Moorland project, whom I hadn’t seen for some time and having a cup of tea and a chat with her.
This meant that the morning was quite well advanced by the time that I got home. The rain, on the other hand, had retired and it was now a pleasant morning so I walked round the garden.
Both day lilies and lilies that last more than a day are doing very well.
New hosta flowers and old lupins added a bit of delicacy.
The blackbirds were no more cheerful than they were yesterday.
I walked round to the back of the house and looked at the splendid set of flowers along the dam.
Somehow lunch time slipped past without much happening and I went out to help Mrs Tootlepedal who was attacking the yew with her new secateurs.
They yew is on one side of the pond and she thought that she might have disturbed a frog. Sometime later I looked at a curious brown spot on the box ball on the other side of the pond.
She definitely had disturbed a frog.
I have heard about a bird in the bush but I have never seen a frog in a bush before.
I spent quite a lot of time during the day mounting and framing some photos for a friend in preparation for a camera club exhibition later this month and followed that by selecting and printing a few of my own pictures for the show.
This is a tedious business because trying to pick six or eight pictures out of several hundreds is very hard and when you have picked one, it never seems to print out just as you would like.
And then there was tennis to watch. To celebrate Andy Murray’s victory, Mrs Tootlepedal made some scones and we had them with strawberry jam and some cream, which appeared as if by magic. Mike Tinker’s scone radar was working well and he arrived in time to have one too.
It is annoying when the forecast rain doesn’t appear after you have made plans for a rainy day but it was a pleasantly warm and still day in the garden so I picked another pound of blackcurrants and took a picture of a rain battered poppy….
…which still looked quite exciting.
In the evening, as it seemed that the rain had gone for good, I went for a walk round Gaskell’s.
There was loosestrife and a hint of a good blackberry crop to come at Pool Corner…
…and a beckoning hand to encourage me up the Manse Brae.
The verges on the way to the Auld Stane Brig were alive with red campion…
…and the path through the woods was lined with this flower….
…whose name I have forgotten.
I do know that this is St John’s Wort…
…because kind readers told me so when I saw it on my last walk round Gaskell’s.
But I don’t know what this is…
…but I thought that it was well worth a closer look.
It looks a bit like birds foot trefoil but it was growing on the end of quite a long stalk. It might be a yellow vetch of some sort, I suppose.
The willowherb is coming along nicely and the path should soon be ablaze with it.
A foxglove did its best to stop me in my tracks.
…but I sneaked past.
I was hoping to see some fresh fungi but had to settle for some fine old specimens.
Gin drinkers will be encouraged to see that it looks as though we should have a good crop of sloes this year.
When I got back, we had mince and tatties for our tea. This was made extra good because the tatties were from the garden and they were accompanied by some tiny carrots and three small beetroot from the same source.
Rather unexpectedly, there was still tennis to watch after tea, as the last set of an exciting match between Muller and Nadal went on for over two hours.
We are promised a warm, still and dry day for tomorrow. I hope that the good forecast for tomorrow is more accurate than the bad forecast for today was, as I intend to go bicycling.