Today’s guest picture reflects the sun, sea and sand being currently enjoyed by Sandy, who is in the Canary Islands having fun.
I must apologise for any more than my usual incoherence in today’s post as after several eventful days, I am feeling a bit tired.
I daresay though, that I am not as tired as the visitor we entertained today. Loyal blog reader, Mary Jo from Manitoba, had decided that our new bench needed an international test inspection and so she came up from London, where she is taking a short holiday, to visit Langholm.
I met her at Carlisle station and brought her to the Muckle Toon.
She declared that the bench was fully up to standard…
…having tested it in the company of Mrs Tootlepedal.
And then went back to London.
To say that she is a seasoned traveller is to understate her tolerance to going great distances without complaining. Next time she comes, we hope that she will stay a bit longer.
She was not our only visitor today because as we were touring the garden with her, I saw a large white butterfly settle on a daffodil..
… and then move to a dicentra.
Unlike the butterfly, which soon flitted away, Mary Jo stayed long enough to have a walk, a bite of lunch and a short drive before departing.
She wanted to walk along the Lodge Walks so we did that and here she is in company with Mrs Tootlepedal showing that in spite of the sunshine on the Kilngreen…
…. a brisk and chilly wind meant that coats were still required.
We were not the only ones enjoying a walk and the Lodge walks are not far from being at their spring best.
But as we said to Mary Jo, “If only you had come next week….”
There were wild flowers to decorate our walk…
…good views of the monument…
…some trees in leaf….
…and more wild flowers on our way.
When we got back to the garden, the sharp eyed Mary Jo spotted a bee on the dicentra….
…and took a picture of her hosts perched proudly on the new, thoroughly tested, bench…
…coats still firmly on against the chill.
I took a picture of a tulip and we went in for a late lunch.
After lunch, we drove up onto the Langholm Moor in the hope of seeing hen harriers and goats.
We saw a meadow pipit…
… a sheep….
… a view of the Ewes valley…
….two buzzards hunting over the hill…
…but no hen harriers.
However, as we were on our way back to the town, we did see a goat.
All too soon, it was time to take Mary Jo back to Carlisle for her train to London. She has sent me a message to say she is back safely, having enjoyed the day.
I found going about 200 miles to Glasgow and back yesterday quite tiring so I wouldn’t be surprised to find that after 600 miles on the train today, Mary Jo sleeps quite well.
We called in at a late opening garden centre on our way back from Carlisle and Mrs Tootlepedal added a few more plants to her collection.
It was absolutely lovely and rather amazing to see a blog reader from Canada in our garden, the second Canadian reader who has visited us in the last 12 months and it is a tribute to the wonderful world of blogging that such a friendship can be created out of nothing more than some agitated electrons.
I am hoping for some rain tomorrow so I have an excuse for a very quiet day.
The flying bird of the day is one of the hunting buzzards.