Today’s guest picture, sent to me by Mary Jo from Manitoba, is entitled “Alcatraz on the Assiniboine” and shows the lengths she has to go to keep the deer off her vegetables. It makes Mrs Tootlepedal’s anti-sparrow pea fortress look a little small.
I was woken several times during the night by rain pounding on our Velux windows and was not surprised to see two large puddles on the lawns when I got up. It was still raining after breakfast when I walked up to the Welcome to Langholm office to do my tour of duty.
As usual, I settled down to do some Archive Group work on the computer when I got in but unusually, I was constantly interrupted by people coming in to buy DVDs and booklets. Mike Tinker also came in to look at the Camera Club exhibition and Archive Group treasurer Nancy dropped into to compare grandparenting fun over the Common Riding so I was not short of things to do and people to talk to. I will finish off the Archive Group work later.
It had stopped raining shortly after I had got to the Welcome to Langholm office and with one or two brief exceptions, it stayed dry for the rest of the day without ever looking as though it might not rain at any time.
I had a walk round the garden when I got back but the very brisk wind made taking pictures hard. Once again, it was pleasing to see that the miserable weather had not discouraged the bees from visiting.
I like to think that some of the local honey that I bought at the producers’ market may have come from our garden. There are other hives about though so it may not be true.
Thanks to the chilly weather, the garden is at a bit of a standstill at the moment, though a few dahlias are battling the elements.
A new and blue hosta has come to join the others.
I had lunch and decided to risk a heavy shower and go for a cycle ride. In the event, the roads were running with water in places but it stayed dry. It was blowing very briskly so I did one of my valley bottom hugging three lap runs to Wauchope Schoolhouse and back to get my twenty miles in.
It was hard work going uphill and against the wind. Even on the flat in the more exposed sections, I was struggling to go at 10 mph. Conversely of course, the trip back down was a breeze!
My eye was caught on the way up the hill by a very pretty pink flower in the verge.
I think it is yarrow and I found it hard to say whether the white flower next to it was the same plant or not.
Nearby, there was some interesting lichen….
…which deserved a closer look.
You can’t get anything much more interesting than that, I am sure you will agree.
Although the river level in the Esk was not as high as I thought that it might have been after the heavy rain overnight, there was plenty of water flowing over one of my favourite cascades on the Wauchope.
The power of the water, even in a small river like the Wauchope, is awesome. I took good care not to get too close to the edge of the bank.
My bicycle was glad of a moment’s rest in the battle against the breeze.
As I came to Langholm for the last time, I whizzed past my South African correspondent, Tom, who was pedalling up the hill in the opposite direction with his niece.
I have fitted my new wing mirror to the bike….
…but it might need refitting as it was fine at low speeds going up hill but when I was going at speed back down the hill over the bumpy road, it dropped out of position a lot. (If you have straight handlebars, getting one that fits into the bar end is the best solution.)
Almost as soon as I had got home, I went out again. This time I was picking up Sandy in the car. It was the first time that I have been to his new house. It is very neat and well decorated but he has a few things still to come before it is completely done.
He has an interesting shed in his garden.
Our plan was to drive a little bit up the road and pick wild raspberries. As a plan, it worked out very well and we did just what we had meant to do.
My haul looked like this….
…almost exactly a pound of fruit and it quickly became three small pots of wild raspberry jam. They will not last long.
As well as the raspberries, which were unusually good in quality, we saw a butterfly and it is doing duty as the flying bird of the day today. It flew off soon after I took this picture.