Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who enjoyed the view at Buttermere on her recent flying visit to the Lake District.
Our fine weather continued unabated today and there were gardening and cycling opportunities as a result. Mrs Tootlepedal seized the gardening opportunities with both hands (and a trowel) while I rather let the cycling chances slip through my fingers.
I still had a mysteriously croaky throat when I woke up so I was happy to try to soothe it with coffee and treacle scones. The scones were accompanied by Dropscone and came with additional agreeable conversation.
I went up to the town before coffee to replenish my stock of coffee beans and was pleased to find that a local shop had been able to source a good quantity of organic beans from Sumatra and Ethiopia. We tried the Sumatran beans today and they were very good…though we failed to detect the overtones of apricot promised by the blurb on the packet..
When Dropscone departed, I wandered round the garden, an easy thing to do on a sunny spring morning.
The blackbird, who has been very busy feeding demanding young, was looking a bit tired, I thought….
…and had paused for a moment before diving into the compost heap looking for worms.
The alliums are finally coming out and one or two are getting near having the perfect globe…
….with all that goes with it.
The brilliant azaleas, both red….
…caught the eyes of our neighbours Liz and Ken, the pig transporters, when they stopped to exchange a few words over the garden hedge.
The delights of the geums….
…and astrantia were harder to see from the road.
I did a little work and sieved some compost for Mrs Tootlepedal’s planting out needs.
Mostly though, I took things easy and only got my new bike out well after lunch. The new bike is a delight to ride and I had an enjoyable hour and a half pottering round the 20 mile Canonbie circuit.
Yesterday, I took pictures of both cows and trees and to save time today, I took a picture featuring both subjects in the same shot.
Nearer home, I stopped to look at some ‘Jack in the Hedge’…
…although it was actually alongside a wall and not in a hedge at all.
I had a cup of tea sitting on the new bench with Mrs Tootlepedal when I got back but it was hard not to jump up and take more pictures.
Tulips get some added colour as the flowers mature.
The rhododendrons just get brighter.
The first pink tinged flowers have appeared on the white potentilla in the garden.
The clematis at the back door is heavy with buds and a few flowers are giving a hint of what is to come.
And the bees were busy visiting the dicentra again.
After an early burst of visits from honey bees when it was still pretty cold, there have been hardly any in the garden during the good weather. We must have had some blossom available when there was not much elsewhere but presumably, the bees are spoiled for choice now. As you can see from the bumble bee in the picture above, there is plenty of pollen available here.
We are going on holiday for a week beside the sea with Matilda from tomorrow so patient readers will get a break from incessant garden flowers for a while. There may be sand castles and sea birds instead.
In the evening, Mike and Alison came round and Alison and I had a good time renewing our acquaintance with some pieces which we haven’t played for some years. It was hard work but worthwhile as the pieces were good.
Mike and Alison are kindly going to look after the greenhouse and keep an eye on the vegetable garden while we are away and Liz is going to fill the bird feeder so all should be well at Wauchope Cottage. Whether there are any blog posts will depend on the wi-fi in our holiday cottage.
The flying bird of the day is a goldfinch with a background of the very last of the daffodils..