Today’s guest picture comes from Langholm exile, Irving. He tells me that he hasn’t seen this recent visitor to his garden in Lochmaben for some time.
It was good to be back home again today after the very enjoyable visit to London but the weather didn’t seem very pleased to see me as it was cold, windy and wet. In fact it has obviously nor been very warm while I was away, because the grass on the lawns has hardly grown at all.
Poppies have come and gone….
…but we are still waiting for the Shirley poppies to arrive in numbers. There were three out today but the weather was so awful that they would open up for a portrait.
The wet weather wasn’t discouraging the bees though.
The blackbirds have been very busy and they have eaten every single gooseberry off the bush while I was away. This is a big disappointment as I was looking forward to eating the gooseberries myself.
A dull morning was brightened by the arrival of Dropscone with traditional Friday treacle scones and I caught up on his adventures. He has been to St Andrews and Glasgow since I last saw him.
I did get out into the garden from time to time…
…to find that flowers were still blooming….
…in much the same way as before we had gone to London.
I spent most of the morning cutting mounts and framing pictures ready for our camera club exhibition which starts tomorrow. I am hoping that we will have enough pictures from members to make up a good show.
The potatoes are doing very well and there are more than I can eat by myself so although it is a pity to treat new potatoes in this way, I used some to make soup for lunch. It tasted good.
In the early afternoon, our new neighbour Irving brought four friends round to look at the garden and it was a pity that Mrs Tootlepedal is away visiting her mother as she would have been able to give them a lot more information than I could but they seemed to enjoy the tour.
I took a few more pictures after they had gone.
The rambler roses are tremendous this year.
The post lunch weather was generally drier but still grey and windy and as I was a bit tired after recent excitements, I had a quiet afternoon in.
I did pop out into the garden from time to time. New arrivals were to be seen…
…as well as the usual suspects…
…and a blackbird…
…which was probably suffering from a sore tummy from eating all my gooseberries.
By the time that the weather took a turn for the better….
…it was too late for a walk.
Instead, I picked all the sweet peas that were out and pout them in a vase.
My flower arranging skills have not been highly honed as you can see.
The vegetables are coming along well when they can escape from the attentions of the sparrows.
In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and while Mike sipped on a cool beer and caught up with the Open golf, Alison and I made progress on the three new pieces that we are working on. Since neither of us had done any practising, this was very encouraging.
I try to learn something every day and today’s lesson was that the bread machine makes much better bread if you remember to put the water in.
The second effort was more successful.
The flower of the day is one of my favourites and I hope to see many more soon.