Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce who is enjoying good weather in Aberdeenshire near the former fishing village of Collieston.
We had another day today which would have been very welcome in mid summer and it is becoming pretty clear that it will be very unlikely that summer, when it comes, could be any better than late spring has been. It may well be all downhill from here on when this good spell ends.
Still, we are really enjoying the lovely weather while it lasts even though it does mean that quite a lot of garden watering is going on.
I have given both lawns a soaking and Mrs Tootlepedal has been busy in the flower beds with hose and watering can.
I should add that we are not at all keen to get one of the torrential downpours which they have been getting in England. A light shower would do very well.
I had an early look round the garden with Mrs Tootlepedal.
I couldn’t get past the best of the rhododendrons without clicking my shutter finger.
The Rosa Moyesii is more modest but very pretty too.
I had to admit that I was wrong and Mrs Tootlepedal was right (there’s a surprise) because when I looked really closely at the Veronica, I could see that it is blue after all and not pure white at all. I had to look pretty hard though.
A blackbird took a good look and agreed that it was blue.
Our walnut tree is almost fully clothed. It is one of the last trees to get its leaves.
I didn’t have the long to enjoy the morning sunshine as I was doing my very last stint in the Welcome to Langholm Office. After many years, I have decided to retire as a welcomer. I had quite a few people to welcome today but I still had enough time to put two weeks of the newspaper index into the Langholm Archive database.
While I was at work welcoming people, Mrs Tootlepedal was also doing some welcoming. A friend from the choir and her partner, Anita and Nick who live in Canonbie, had been visiting the dentist in Langholm and took the opportunity to come round and look at our garden which they had seen on this blog. They gave the new bench a test and declared that it was as good as sitting in a National Trust garden. Mrs Tootlepedal was very pleased at such a nice compliment. Not being a photographer though, this whole event went unrecorded.
I passed a gull as I crossed the suspension bridge on my way home at midday…
…it was probably wondering where all the water has gone, The river is very low.
There was plenty to see in the garden when I got there.
Beside the front door, another clematis has just come out…
…and almost hidden beside it, is a tiny lily of the valley.
Across the drive, Mrs Tootlepedal has some very vigorous variegated hostas.
After lunch, I mowed the greenhouse grass and the drying green and then got my cycling gear on and took the new bike out for a spin. It was really very hot and I was wondering if I would get cooked but luckily, a surprisingly cool and steady wind kept me at a reasonable temperature and I enjoyed a thirty mile run which brought my total on the new bike up to 250 miles. I think that I can safely say that it is going to suit me very well.
I wasn’t the only one keeping cool.
The verges were full of interest. I saw these flowers when I stopped for a drink after ten miles.
And I saw these beside the old A74 near Kirkpatrick Fleming.
The dandelions may have gone over but there was ample yellow colour near Sprinkell…
…and looking ahead at this point, I think anyone would have to admit that it looks like a good day and place for a pedal (even taking the vast amount of traffic into consideration).
When I got back, I had time to admire the Japanese azalea…
…before my flute pupil Luke turned up. We are making steady progress even though wonderfully sunny weather does not make flute practice the first thing one thinks of doing.
After a really nourishing tea of mince and tatties, I went out and sat on the new bench and admired some late colour.
Then I mowed the middle lawn and trimmed the edges which was a good way to end the day.
Mrs Tootlepedal had seen a baby thrush in the garden while I had been out cycling and when she came out to admire the lawn, she spotted it again. I fetched my camera and found that it had flown up onto a fence and was making quite a noise.
Curiously it was joined not by its mother but by a blackbird which was making a noise too. Then a small flock of sparrows started to join in and I went over to see what the racket was all about.
It was a dratted cat, stalking about among the flowers below, seeing what little birds it could snaffle. In my view, cat owners should feed their animals so much that they lose their appetite for birds…. or at least keep them in their own gardens.
I shooed the cat away and there were no fatalities.
The mother thrush, flew up to join her infant and she became in that moment, a quite unusual flying bird of the day.