Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary, who saw this copy of the Lamazzu – a winged deity looted from the Iraq Museum – made of empty date syrup cans, on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Our weather descended from the recent summer heights to slightly below the seasonal average, the feeling of slight chilliness compounded by a stiff wind which reminded everyone of the long cold months since Christmas.
The weather in the morning didn’t bother me much as I had to spend a couple of hours in the Welcome to Langholm office where I caught up on some Archive Group work. I didn’t do quite as much as I had hoped though as I had to provide a welcome and information to no less than three visitors in the two hours. I was fairly rushed off my feet.
When I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden, having reorganised the greenhouse while I was out. She is planting things out and improving the soil as much as she can so I sieved the last of the compost in Bin D and then set about shifting the contents of Bin C into the now empty Bin D. I then emptied the contents of Bin B into Bin C.
I know that there is an insatiable desire for compost pictures among the readers of this blog so here is the result.
The picture does show graphically how compost reduces in bulk over time. The small amount in Bin D was the same size as the current amount in Bin C when it first arrived from Bin B and Bin B was full to the level of six of the wooden frames when it was first filled from Bin A.
This was quite heavy work so it was now time for lunch.
Mrs Tootlepedal provided me with a delicious dish of fried eggs and fried cabbage as a reward for compost shifting.
It was far too windy, with constant gusts of 25 mph and above to think of cycling so after lunch, I went out into the garden with my camera in hand. Windy weather makes it hard to shoot flowers but I did my best.
Mrs Tootlepedal is not certain what the pretty white flowers above are but I know what these ones below are. They are potential plums if everything goes well.
The dog’s tooth violets are springing up all over the place.
This clump of cowslip like things is enjoying the weather whether it is hot or cold and is getting larger all the time.
The tree peony is looking very healthy. Last year its flowers were hidden behind its foliage so we are hoping for a better show this year.
The madness of the crab like flowers of the euphorbias is well advanced. I hope for a calmer day to take a better picture.
There is little pool of pale blue in the river of muscari.
And this is the start of our own clump of marsh marigolds in the pond.
Once again the cold wind was causing the tulips to purse their lips but there is very promising red one waiting for some sunshine.
The daffodil of the day is a muted example.
I put the camera down and mowed the front lawn with a great deal of huffing and puffing because the lawn is so spongy with moss. There was a heartening amount of grass to cut even if the end result was a very patchy looking lawn.
Then, since it wasn’t really a very inviting walking day, I finished the composting job by emptying Bin A into Bin B so all is ready for Mrs Tootlepedal to start the process going again by filling up Bin A. I may even have some grass to add to it myself.
Owing to the need for frequent pauses to admire the work in progress or chat to the gardener, it soon turned out to be time for a cup of tea and a sit down indoors. This gave me a chance to look at the birds. As it also started to rain, I was very happy to be inside.
The siskins really seem to have gone elsewhere although there was one on hand to join the queue for a seed today.
Mostly it was goldfinches and chaffinches again, with the goldfinches concentrating hard on the job in hand….
…and making sure that incoming chaffinches knew who was boss.
But the goldfinches are no match for a really angry redpoll though.
The evening was given over to music when first my flute pupil Luke came and cheered me up by playing very well. Then I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel after tea for what seems the first time for ages.
It was good to get back to playing and our lack of practice didn’t seem to matter as we played some familiar pieces with a good deal of verve, all things considered.
The flying bird of the day is one of the goldfinches.
Strong winds and showers are on the menu for both tomorrow and Wednesday so getting out on my bike to knock off the last few miles of my monthly target may be a bit of a battle.