Puffin Island

Today’s guest picture shows Puffin Island off Anglesey.   My brother took the picture on a visit to Anglesey in May.

Puffin Island

We were offered a bright and breezy morning and I took the opportunity to gird up my loins and get out on the fairly speedy bike for the first time in October.  Because it was breezy, because there was always the possibility of rain and because I couldn’t think of anything else, I did three repetitions of the nine mile round trip to Cleughfoot and back.

My internet acquaintance known to me as Quercus pointed out recently that cycling on a familiar route could be considered recycling so I suppose that cycling three times on a familiar route might even be rererecycling.

I had my camera in my back pocket but a brisk wind in my face inclines me to keep my head down and not notice anything and whizzing along when the wind is behind means that I have passed anything interesting before I have registered it.

I did stop, because I had to, at my turning point and couldn’t avoid noticing a brilliant display of haws on a hawthorn…


…and I did notice, because I was specially looking out for them, a really fine crop of healthy sloes on the Cleughfoot road.


I don’t think that I have ever seen such a good crop before.

Mrs Tootlepedal was at work in the garden when I got back.  She had just moved a delightful orange flowered potentilla with a view to finding a place where it will not be as crowded as it was this year.


I gave it a good watering in and then went to look at the poppies.  They are still very good value…

shirley poppies

…though the rather cold air seemed to have discouraged any bees from visiting today.

My favourite poppy of the day was floating above the pond.


The colours are just as they came out of the camera.  I have not improved them in any way.  Indeed, I think that it might be impossible to improve on such a lovely flower.

The dahlias were worth a look too.


You can see that hoverflies seem to be more weatherproof than honey bees.

We went in for lunch and then Mrs Tootlepedal went back out to do more gardening while I finished the crossword.   I then went out to cut back the blackcurrant bush and when I had shredded the clippings, I went to see what Mrs Tootlepedal was doing.

lawn shifting

She was cutting, shifting and stamping bits of turf at the end of the middle lawn as part of her new project for better beds, better paths, better space and better everything in this area next year.

It is a task that needs a lot of supervision so I selflessly took on the role.

Soon a round corner had become square….

new middle lawn

…and a curved edge had become straight.

new middle lawn

It will all look very neat and tidy by next spring.

(Notice that indispensable tool of the gardener, a piece of string, in action here.)

After the lawn work was finished, I sieved a bucket of compost but finding it a bit soggy after the recent rain, I stopped and wandered round taking pictures.

That great gardener Christopher Lloyd is very dismissive of Leycesteria in his garden shrub guide but I like it a lot even though it is invasive.


We have two sorts of jasmine on the go at the moment.  Winter jasmine and jasmine officinale.


The very last of the geraniums are looking pretty.


A late daisy.


And the sweet rocket has produced a second flowering.

sweet rocket

It was chilly working in the garden and there were one or two feeble efforts at rain over lunchtime but the relatively mild nights are keeping the supply of flowers going in a very satisfactory way.

We were quite ready for a cup of tea by the time that everything was cleared away.

In the evening, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to the Buccleuch Centre for a screening of La Bohème but as Puccini’s music generally leaves me cold, I stayed at home and did the washing up.

While the lawn works were going on, there were several sightings of the gardener’s friend….


…and we were not the only ones interested.



In spite of these two handsome birds, the flying bird of the day is not a bird at all but the sole big bumble bee that I saw today.  It was really getting stuck into the dahlia pollen.

búmble bee

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “Recycling

  1. Thank you for this look into the abundance of the English autumn, and your beautiful garden. Quite a contrast to our own Spring garden as we in Sydney head into our 4th month without a drop of rain. Still, the flowers manage to bloom and the new growth pushes through here, regardless. Nature is indeed amazing.

  2. I hope Mrs. T. plans to grow those poppies and dahlias again next year. I can’t think of a better use of garden space.
    I hope the robin sticks around.
    We’re already cold enough so that I’m finding bumblebees sleeping on goldenrod blossoms in the early mornings. I’m not sure why but they do this in the fall every year.

  3. Very tidy corners, Mrs. Toot! Lovely shot of the wee robin. I agree with New Hampshire about the poppies and dahlias – they’ve provided an abundance of beauty this year.

  4. The colors of the single poppy were spectacular, one would have to search far and wide to find another like it! The dahlia was beautiful in its own right, also.

    I would think that as Mrs. T prepares the garden for next year that you’ll have a lot of birds in the garden looking for an easy meal.

  5. The poppies are outstanding. I don’t think there is any way to improve upon them, and I am impressed that is how they look right out of the camera. They seem to have their own internal light source.

    Mrs. T. is a very hard worker, and does magic in the garden. 🙂

    Still no robin sightings here, just the occasional bluejay. I wonder how the fires, heat and drought affected our feathered visitor population this year. We had many finches, and some chickadees already.

  6. How noble of you to supervise! 😉 Still plenty to admire in the garden. And, sounds as though the your bad weather might be blowing away. Fingers crossed!

  7. A pleasant summery guest photo to begin a bright post with news of your cycle, plans being put into action in the garden and more delightful photos of those beautiful poppies. Sweet rocket is such a good doer and those amazing sloes are just waiting for that jug of gin!

  8. I like leycesteria, too. Have you tried one of the berries yet?

    They are nice like burnt caramel and then the aftertaste is not so great.

    Allan would approve of the use of marking string. He wishes I would use it. 😉

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