Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s trip to France. She met this emerging monster in the Japanese garden of Toulouse.
Our spell of good weather continues. We find it a bit unnerving but it is very welcome.
I couldn’t make the best of a fine morning though as I was in duty on the Welcome to Langholm Office. I did a little welcoming and a lot of entering data into the Archive Group newspaper index so it wasn’t time wasted but I did look longingly out of the window from time to time.
When I got home, I mowed the middle lawn and found surprisingly little growth considering the weather. Perhaps the soil has not warmed up yet after several long cold months.
The rhododendron is enjoying the weather.
And a present of cow parsley, which we got from a friend who was a wild gardener, is doing well too.
I had an early lunch and got my new bike out and set out to do a few miles to see if everything was still going well.
It was. It was a treat to ride.
On the down side, the hills seemed to be still there and although the bike is new, the engine has seen a lot of wear and is definitely past its best.
It was a fine cycling day with just enough breeze to keep me cool but not enough to discourage me. The new bike doesn’t encourage constant stopping for pictures but the need for an occasional breather meant that I took a few on my way round.
I did an undemanding circle of 31 miles at a modest speed of thirteen and a half miles per hour and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Mike Tinker had promised to come round to inspect the new bike and I found him chatting to Mrs Tootlepedal in the garden when I got home. To show what sort of a day it was, rather than sitting on the new bench in the sun, they were sitting on the old bench in the shade. And very sensible too as it was quite hot by this time.
As well as inspecting the bike, Mike and I went to look at Kenny’s euphorbia beside the dam at the back of the house. It is impressive.
Before I went in for my shower, I checked on the tulips. A little late afternoon sun brings out the best in them.
And Mrs Tootlepedal pointed out the first of the ornamental strawberry flowers of the year.
The azalea was ablaze.
It was a genuine Tootlepedal day because after my cycle ride, my flute pupil Luke came and we had a very encouraging play and then after tea, (another) Mike and Isabel came round and we played some enjoyable trios.
The word from the weather forecasters is that our good weather should continue for several days. We are considering renaming Wauchope Cottage as Shangri-La.
On account of the warm afternoon weather, the flying bird of the day was having a little sit down when I took her picture.