Keeping an eye on Mrs Tootlepedal

Twyford, Berkshire

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia who strayed as far as Berkshire to take this picture on a sunny walk in Twyford a day or two ago.

Twyford, Berkshire

Our brief summer has gone and we are back to normal spring temperatures.  It felt a bit chilly as a result this morning but it was quite a fine day and there was even a brief glimpse of sunshine to light up Dropscone and Sandy who were doing a bit of bench testing after our morning coffee.

Dropscone and Sandy

They are both keen travellers and as Sandy has just come back from a holiday in the Canary Islands, he was complaining of feeling the chill as a result.

Needless to say we had some good scones with our coffee.

While I waited for them to arrive, I spent a little time staring out of the window in the effort to catch a flying bird.  Birds were scarce though and only goldfinches arrived in any numbers…

golfdfimch

…and they either spent their time deliberately turning their backs on me…

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…or nipping quickly into the feeder before i could catch them.

goldfinch

When Dropscone and Sandy had gone on their way,  I wandered about the garden.

I ignored the tulips today and spent a lot of time dead heading daffodils as the day of the daffodil is almost done.  There are some late comers to the feast…

daffodil

…and this is my daffodil of the day…

daffodil

…but most of them are gone now.

They will soon be replaced by these…

allium

…which are lining up to come into flower.

The silver pear is doing its best…

silver pear

…but although it is covered in flowers, they are so discreet that a casual passer by would hardly notice them.

A single clump of  apple blossom packs more punch than the whole pear tree.

apple blossom

I heard a lot of buzzing on the gooseberry bush and managed to take a striking but indeterminate shot of a visitor to the flowers on its way.

wasp

It looks like a wasp but I couldn’t get it to pose nicely for me.

wasp

It has been a regular visitor to the gooseberry so I hope that I will get a better look at it soon.

Things are going over….

hellebore
The hellebores have been great value this year

…and things are coming on

willow
The willow showing three stages of development on one twig.

Mrs Tootlepedal has three trilliums in the garden and although they are not quite showing up like the carpets of trilliums that appear in America, two of hers are looking quite healthy.

trillium
This is the best of them

I got the hover mower out and mowed the grass round the greenhouse.  Just to annoy me, it has been growing more quickly than the grass on the lawns.

I woke up very early this morning and was nearly deafened by the dawn chorus outside.  Some of the noisiest birds in the garden are the blackbirds and one has taken to sitting on the silver pear during the day and singing as loudly as possible.

blackbird

Mrs Tootlepedal has seen a mother blackbird feeding a youngster and I hope to be able to catch some blackbird family action with the camera.  There are plenty of blackbirds about…

blackbird

…but I haven’t seen a baby blackbird yet.

It started to rain after lunch but that didn’t affect us very much as we spent the afternoon going to Dumfries where Mrs Tootlepedal had an eye appointment.  The eye department is still in the old hospital which has recently been superseded by a brand new building elsewhere in town.  This has the wonderful effect of  letting us park without problem in the vast and largely unoccupied car park.

It made going to hospital a pleasure and we added to the jollity of the day by stopping off at a garden centre on the way home.  We met another Langholm couple there who had been visiting the new hospital.  They told us that parking there was a nightmare.  Land values in the UK are curious and it is an oddity that they can find millions to build a new  hospital but still can’t afford to acquire enough land for adequate car parks for the patients.

A little rain won’t come amiss in the garden after some hot dry days but we just hope it knows when to stop.  The forecast is ominously unsettled.

I couldn’t get a good flying goldfinch today and this rather pointillist effort was the best that I could manage but at least it is flying and it is a bird.

goldfinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, novice photogrpaher

27 thoughts on “Keeping an eye on Mrs Tootlepedal

  1. Sad to think that the day of the daffodils is coming to an end. It just makes them that much more precious.

  2. It will be saddening to see the last of the daffodils, but at least there are plenty more flowers left to bloom this year. Great shot of the bee in flight!

    There are times when there are so many robins singing so loudly in the morning that they wake me up as the blackbirds do you. I sometimes begin to get annoyed, but then I remember all the months that go past not hearing any bird songs, and I smile and go back to sleep again.

  3. The new hospital has plenty of space bur they have planted grass and trees where cars could park. They thought people would use the bus service but you can’t park at the bus stop.

  4. I only have three trilliums growing …I hope they spread their seed in 3’s too! The silver pear is new to me but what delightful flowers it has…I shall be looking it up! Beautiful daffodils such a variety of colours and shapes…look forward to seeing your alliums…I expect they’ll be special too.

  5. You might have guessed that I like Trilliums. Nay, I LOVE Trilliums. Mrs T’s are simply beautiful. Though to be honest, I don’t know of anyone over here to have them in a garden. Ours are mostly growing wild in the woods. And you’re not supposed to pick them I’ve read.

    I don’t know if this will do you a bit of good. I enjoyed looking at the great pictures of Lichens and such, though as you pointed out one time, I don’t need to know the names. It’s a great site to poke around in, but not easy to navigate (at least I didn’t find it so.)

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