Today’s guest picture is the last from my sister Mary’s visit to the Thames riverside and shows more usual boats in their parking places.
It was another moist morning here and the poppies were doing well to hold their heads up at all…
…let alone look so pretty.
Mrs Tootlepedal’s vision of a garden full of poppies is working out well in parts…
…and the cornflowers are growing well too.
The forecast spoke of more showers but it looked not too bad so I nipped out on my bike to do a 20 mile Canonbie tour and got the timing perfectly right as I missed two heavy showers in Langholm while I was out and got back just as the second one stopped.
I didn’t spend any time stopping to take pictures as I was anxious to avoid getting caught in the next shower.
I got back in time for a cup of coffee, a hot shower and a light lunch before it was time to go to Edinburgh to meet Matilda. There were a few minutes spare for me to walk round the garden before we left and I was happy to see a butterfly enjoying the sunflower….
…and two more on the buddleias.
The bed at the end of the drive is turning into a fine colourful corner with calendulas, crocosmia, Michaelmas daisies and buddleias all contributing…
…and elsewhere the stargazer lily is showing its final flower and the unprotected sweet pea is looking very sturdy and producing flowers.
The train journey to Edinburgh was enjoyable as the sun came out soon after we left Lockerbie and the sun continued to shine while we were in Edinburgh. Matilda took us to the play park where she had fun of all sorts.
She takes having fun very seriously though.
We came home to a tasty evening meal and a very competitive game of snap.
We said goodbye….
…and caught our train home safely. It was raining a bit when we got out at Lockerbie so we were grateful for the metaphorical and literal sunshine we had had in Edinburgh.
A reader asked how the topiary chicken was progressing after its severe trimming. The answer is not badly and here it is as bird of the day. Mrs Tootlepedal is about to start shaping it.