Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to Wirksworth. As well as the train to the museum, there was another connection to Derby and Sheffield by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
We had been expecting a very rainy day today but it was surprisingly dry if rather chilly when we got up.
The day continued dry and got quite warm and although the sun was mostly absent and a few individual drops of rain fell from time to time, it ranks as one of the better days of the summer. It would have been a great day for a good long pedal but I had been so adjusted to the possibility of rain and a day indoors that it took me ages to realise that I should be outside.
In the end, I had a look round the garden.
A lot of the dahlias are very spiky this year.
The poppies are not.
Occasionally a poppy was to be found with pollen but no bees. This was my favourite.
There were butterflies to be seen too. We have two buddleias and both were in the butterfly business today.
I did get my act together in the end and after coffee, I went off down to Canonbie on my customary 20 mile route. There was only a light wind today and my legs felt quite cheerful so I applied myself to bicycling and only stopped for one cow…
…which was too busy chewing to pose for a proper picture.
I got back at a good speed and had a quick look for butterflies on the Michaelmas daises….
…but there was only a bee
I noticed that the Virginia creeper has some little flowers…
…and the cubs have come to join the fox in the orange hawkweed.
Mrs Tootlepedal was hosting a committee meeting of her Embroiderers’ Guild group in the afternoon so after a quick lunch and a shower, I packed myself and my new lens into the car and went up to the Laverock Hide at the Moorland Project bird feeders to see what I could see, although the day had got a bit gloomy by this time.
The first thing that I saw was two other other enthusiasts already ensconced in the hide with big lenses at the ready. I filled an empty feeder and sat down beside them as they clicked away furiously.
There were a lot of small birds to see…
…and some bigger ones too.
The other two bird watchers had left before the woodpeckers came so I sat quietly and enjoyed three woodpeckers chasing each other about the trees.
I had thought of a walk while I was up there but a spell of very light rain for a while persuaded me that a cup of tea at home would be the best thing.
It had got quite warm enough by this time to make it feel quite like summer so Mrs Tootlepedal and I went out into the garden. She did some heavy tidying up and mulching while I sieved some compost and trimmed one more of the box balls…and admired the combination of crocosmia, cornflower and poppies which the gardener had planned and which has finally arrived. The camera can’t do it justice.
I’ll try again if we get some sunshine.
I had a look for late butterflies or bees on the daisies again but there were none to be seen. The daisies were quite attractive in their own right though.
I have pulled a muscle (even though I didn’t know that I had any) in my left arm and that combined with a nagging back is making me feel my age a bit at the moment so I went in and had a sit down before my flute pupil Luke came.
He tells me that he has passed his Higher music exam which involved playing two instruments and written work. He didn’t get any help from me with his exam pieces so I can’t take any credit for this. He just worked very hard with his grandad and the teachers at the school. I am very proud of him.
I tried very hard to get a flying bird this afternoon but the light wasn’t good enough so a head and shoulders of a woodpecker will have to do instead.