Today’s guest picture shows a rather more ornate bench than our new one. Venetia sent the picture to me but couldn’t say what it was like to sit on the bench as it is too tall for her to get up on to. A triumph of art over practicality.
The short spell of good weather continued today and it was a pleasure to go out into the garden after breakfast and be greeted by genuinely warm air.
I took the picture of the daffodil of the day at quarter to nine in the morning when we were sitting on the new bench enjoying the sunshine.
The morning sun brought out the best in a bunch of yellow tulips too.
We didn’t have as long as we would have liked to enjoy the glorious weather as it was soon time to go to sing in the church choir. Probably because it is a holiday weekend, the choir was rather short handed so we all felt a bit exposed but we had a good sing.
We had a little time to work or wander in the garden when we got back. I turned my attention away from the large and showy to the tiny…
…and then spent some time stalking a peacock butterfly round the garden until it was polite enough to stop for a moment (though it didn’t fully stretch out its wings).
Then we had a cup of coffee and went on a short walk to see if the good weather had brought the bluebells on.
The walk was most enjoyable with a lot to see on the way.
I stopped to check if the lichen on the park wall was enjoying the heat.
…but just behind the lichen was something that I found even more interesting.
What I took to be moss was sprouting in a way that I have never noticed before.
I did some research on the internet and couldn’t find anything like it so I may be mistaken in thinking that it was moss but it certainly looked like it.
Mrs Tootlepedal was very struck by the huge bracket fungus on an old tree stump nearby….
…but my eye was taken by a tiny oxalis growing on a damp wall as we climbed up the slope to the Stubholm.
It was a beautiful day for a walk.
Most of the wild garlic was still waiting to come out in spite of the warmer weather but one or two plants were giving a taste of things to come.
Did I mention that it was a beautiful day for a walk?
Mr Grumpy was out enjoying himself too.
And the view down the river from below the church was spring at its springiest.
The only black mark was the fact that the bluebells were not much farther on than they had been when I last walked by a few days ago. I shall have to be patient.
We had time to visit the garden again before lunch. The euphorbia continues to attract flies.
…and the tulips continued to attract me. This one is my current favourite.
…as it glows more than the others.
After lunch, we headed off to Carlisle for a little shopping and a lot of singing with our Carlisle choir. It did cross our mind that it was far too nice a day to spend more of it inside but we have a concert coming up soon so we didn’t like to miss a practice.
It was still warm enough to sit outside in the garden when we got home and we were serenaded by two competing blackbirds who were singing fit to bust from a nearby roof and holly tree.
The very last daffodil has come into flower….
…and soon the age of the daffodil will be past.
I mowed the middle lawn and then we went in for a delicious lamb stew prepared by Mrs Tootlepedal in the slow cooker.
I didn’t get any chance today to linger indoors and look out of the kitchen window so the flying bird of the day is a frog which turned up in the pond among all the tadpoles.