Our friend Gavin must have been in Yorkshire today as he sent me this shot of the breakaway in the Tour de Yorkshire going through Leyburn for my guest picture.
The promised better weather arrived today but it took its time and didn’t really arrive until the afternoon.
As a result, I cycled along the road to the producers’ market in just a hint of drizzle. Still, the purchase of fish, cheese and good meat cheered me up. The trouble with buying seasonal local food though is that it is seasonal and local so there was no honey or venison at the moment. It makes the anticipation for their return to the market all the keener.
Mrs Tootlepedal wasn’t letting a little dull weather spoil her gardening and spent almost all of the day hard at work. I helped where I could and took time out to mow the front lawn and take a few pictures.
Mrs Tootlepedal said today that she sometimes wishes that she could freeze garden time at this time of year because she loves the colourful state of things so much.
I took a few pictures to try to capture some of that feeling.
Who could resist this?
Mind you if the colour was like this all the time, maybe we wouldn’t appreciate it as much as we do when it comes after a long, cold, grey six months.
The tulips are in full swing.
In all shapes and colours….
And some have friends too.
We have dead headed daffodils by the bucket full but still plenty survive…
…to take their place as daffodil of the day.
There are other colours, even though they are not as prominent as the tulips and daffs.
And I was pleased to see bees busy all over the garden, although the fruit pollination is what I like to see best.
While I was looking at flowers, creatures big and small intruded into the frame.
The small were very small.
And the big came in the form of a blackbird which flew onto a garden seat a few feet away from me, gave me a very hard stare and then did its keep fit routine…
…breaking off to give me some more hard stares from time to time.
And in between, a lone butterfly appeared.
In the afternoon, we were visited by Mike with his daughter Liz and her husband and daughter. Liz is a professional gardener and had come to look at a sick shrub to suggest a course of action. Targeted pruning was suggested and Mrs Tootlepedal will put this into action.
The expert party went on to look at a gift which Mrs Tootlepedal has recently received. They considered what should be done with it…
….but I am sorry to say that they were bamboozled.
In between times. the feeder was busy with siskins, goldfinches, chaffinches and redpolls…
I had to refill it.
Mrs Tootlepedal reported that she had been watched by a robin while she worked which is good news because we haven’t seen one around for several weeks.
When we needed a rest, we watched bits of another good stage of the Tour de Yorkshire bike race on the telly. I didn’t envy the riders at all as they ground up the 1 in 4 slope at Sutton Bank. Even these superb athletes had to go at a very sedate pace to get up such a hill. I would have needed a lift in a car!
In the evening we went to the Buccleuch Centre to listen to a jazz trio led by a very good lady singer who has lived locally for the last few years and with the piano played by our Langholm Sings accompanist, Nick. He turned out to be a very accomplished jazz player with a great sense of rhythm and good invention and as the singer and bassist were very good too, it was just my cup of tea and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
In all the gardening, I didn’t have time to get a solo flying bird of the day so once again it is a pair, this time seen from behind.