Today’s guest picture is the last from my brother’s visit to to our area. On his way home, he and Justin stopped at the Bowes Museum.
I was worried that I might have missed my chance to cut the grass thanks to spending a day pedalling about yesterday but I needn’t have worried as it was a perfect day for grass cutting today too.
I got busy after breakfast with the drying green and the green house grass….
…which are not big areas but they still need looking after.
After a pause for other things, including coffee, I then did the two lawns and Mrs Tootlepedal went round and strimmed the edges so everything looked quite neat and tidy.
While I was out and about in the garden, I couldn’t help noticing the poppies. More opium poppies have arrived and they have been joined by the first of the Shirley poppies.
We are hoping for many more.
I saw one poppy that was only just hanging on today.
There is a metal fence between the flower garden and the vegetable garden and there is a lot happening on both sides of it at the moment.
The archway in the fence is a work of art in itself.
In the vegetable garden, the main crop potatoes are looking very promising.
We are eating the earlies at every opportunity.
Mrs Tootlepedal reported that she had seen huge flocks of sparrows in the garden but when I went out, I could only see one….
…and she also reported seeing a blackbird picking gooseberries to feed its young but when I went out I could only find one that had been at the blackcurrants.
The green house is playing host to a number of colourful residents.
Mrs Tootlepedal is keeping these plants in the greenhouse to keep it looking cheerful when she is working in there.
Outside there are lots of Icelandic poppies keeping things cheerful there too….
…and Crown Princess Margareta is at a peak of happiness.
After lunch, I took a tip from the blackbird and went out and picked another pound of blackcurrants and found that I now had enough (4 lbs) to make some blackcurrant jelly. The blackbirds may be taking some but there are masses left still for me to pick.
It is always a nervous moment when you have put the hot jelly juice into the jars and you have to wait to see if it will set properly. On this occasion, the jam thermometer did its job and the six jars of jelly have set perfectly.
All I need now is someone to bring some scones round to try it out on.
The astrantias are still exerting their pulling power on the bees….
…and there seems to be at least one about every time that I go past.
We were very sad that Andy Murray has got knocked out of Wimbledon but his brother is still going in the mixed doubles so all is not lost…and the Tour de France is always good viewing.
In the evening, I went off to sing with the Common Riding choir and as we got ready to sing, we could hear the clacking of horseshoes on the road below as the pony ride out, a recent addition to the annual festivities, went past our window.
The singing went well and we should be well prepared for the concert in a fortnight.
I did find a flying bird today. It was that blackbird making off with the berries.