Today’s guest picture is another from Tom in South Africa and, appropriately enough since he is a great rugby man, it shows some springboks.
The first named storm of the year was visiting Britain overnight and we were warned that Aileen would bring heavy and persistent rain overnight and well into the morning so it was no surprise to find the sun shining when we got up.
It turned out that Aileen had stayed well to the south of us.
I went up to the town to do some business and then walked round the garden. The variety of Mrs Tootlepedal’s poppies never fails to delight me.
And they continue to attract bees in numbers.
And of course, some of them are simply beautiful.
As well as some good weather, the morning brought Dropscone, complete with a batch of excellent scones for coffee. He has recently been to Aberdeen on golfing business so it was good to see that he had got back without losing another wheel on the way. He had crossed over the new Forth bridge on his trip but told us that it was far less exciting to drive over than to look at from a distance as it has tall panels each side of the roadway which severely restrict the driver’s view.
When he left, I got the mower out and mowed the middle lawn. After the overnight rain, the lawn was fairly squelchy and the mowing involved quite a lot of worm cast squashing as Mrs Tootlepedal kindly pointed out to me when I had finished. All the same, if you didn’t look too closely, which I didn’t, things looked quite cheerful.
Rudbeckia, lilies, cosmos, nasturtium and poppies are still giving the lawn a colourful border.
There are three colours of potentilla in the garden. They are not all flowering freely but if you look hard, you can find them.
All through the day, sudden heavy rain showers interrupted the better weather….
…..and the gardening was a very on and off business. In spite of quite a lot of sunshine, the rain was heavy enough when it came to make the garden soggier at the end of the day than it had been at the start.
Even so, the nerines round the chimney pot are doing very well.
We managed to repair the wires on the espalier apples and turn all the compost from Bin B into Bin C and then from Bin A into Bin B so we are ready to start the whole composting cycle again.
The wet roads and the constant threat of a shower put me off proper cycling but I did go out on the slow bike later in the day to see if I could see a dipper by the river.
I saw another even more patient bird while I was out.
As the rain was holding off, I cycled along to Pool Corner and watched the Wauchope flowing over the caul there.
It is very soothing watching running water but the road out of the town…..
…looked inviting so I pedalled up the Manse Brae and along the road at the top….
…just far enough to be able to turn off and get a good view of Warbla and the Auld Stane Brig.
Those are grey clouds and not blue skies behind the hill so I didn’t push my luck and turned and pedalled back down the hill while it was still sunny. I was not best pleased therefore when it started to rain quite hard out of a blue sky and I scuttled back home as fast as I could.
But……every cloud has a silver lining they say and this rain had a multicoloured bonus for me.
I was happy.
After tea, I went off to the first meeting of the new season of the Langholm Community Choir. There was quite a good turnout and some new music that I liked so it was an enjoyable evening and a good start to the new session.
Instead of a flying bird of the day, I am showing two pictures of butterflies. There were plenty of them about today between showers. I don’t know where they go in the rain but it can’t be far away because they appeared almost immediately after the sun came out. It was day for red admirals.
This one may have been drying its wings after a shower. The symmetry is astonishing (to me at least).
This one was getting stuck in.