Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my son Tony. He is the one on the hindmost of the two greys galloping along at the Lauder Common Riding. The photo was taken by ‘Lord Spencer-Taylor’, aka Robbie
We were expecting guests in the early evening so the morning was spent making ready for their arrival and after a fortnight of my solo housekeeping there was plenty for Mrs Tootlepedal to do. I offered a hand where it was helpful but also found time to mow the drying green and greenhouse grass between showers.
We got a load of washing out onto the whirlygig in perfect time to catch a shower but the gap before the next one was long enough to get everything dry.
The flowers are still playing catch up as when the sun is not out between showers, it is still rather cool.
There are lots of different shades to be seen…
…even when the flowers are finished.
I found a rather unusually elongated radish and the first plum of the season.
I had the radish with my lunch but the plum has not been eaten yet.
I put the mixture for some soft baps into the breadmaker after lunch and went off for a pedal. Mrs Tootlepedal was going to take the dough and shape the baps for me but my dérailleur malfunctioned and I had to make a repair stop at home after eight miles which coincided nicely with the moment to take the dough out of the machine.
With the baps rising, I went out again for another eight miles and stopped to take a picture or two on the way.
There was a pretty outbreak of ‘bonnie purple heather’ beside the road…
…and plenty of yarrow to go with it.
I went up the little road to Cleughfoot….
…and stopped to check on the sloes.
The crop looks very good but a closer look…
…revealed ominous looking scabs on some of the berries. I don’t know what has caused this but I hope it doesn’t spread.
I got home before the next rain shower and had time to look round the garden again. It looked all white to me….
The bright berries if the rowan in the sunshine over the garden made a contrast with the grey clouds in the background…
…but luckily our visitors arrived before the rain did.
We had a cup of tea and then Sara and Janet agreed to stretch their legs before our evening meal.
They had had a very wet visit indeed to the celebrated garden at Glenwhan in the west of our region yesterday so they weren’t at all discouraged by another shower as we walked along the banks of all three of our rivers.
We nodded to Mr Grumpy as we crossed the town bridge…
…and crossed the Sawmill Brig and the Jubilee Bridge before posing for a picture on the Duchess Bridge, the oldest cast iron bridge in Scotland.
It wasn’t really a day for hanging about looking for photo opportunities but a bunch of fungus on a tree stump couldn’t be ignored.
The rain stopped before we got back and we were soon seated round the kitchen table enjoying an excellent meal, courtesy of Mrs Tootlepedal.
Sara sings with an Edinburgh community choir and we were able to sample some of their work very professionally presented on YouTube. They sing unaccompanied which is very impressive but I think it would be too hard for me.
The flying bird of the day is an insect visiting the raspberries. It looks a bit like a wasp to me.