A drop in the ocean

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s trip to Madeira.

madeira

The forecasters are having a hard time at present getting the details of the weather correct, largely I suspect because the weather is so unusual these days that their computer models are not provided with enough helpful historic data.  All the same, various forecasts were pretty sure that we were going to get rain and possibly thunderstorms in the afternoon today.

We spent the day waiting…..in vain.

Partly as a result of this and partly because I didn’t feel at my best, I had a slightly wasted day and hardly did anything useful or interesting.  I had a moment of helpfulness when we got the petrol driven soil cultivator out and used it to to improve the paths between the new beds in the veg garden.  And I mowed some of the greenhouse grass.  But that was it.

I had time hanging heavy on my hands so I took a lot of flower pictures.

If you want white then the bridal wreath spirea is the plant for you.

spirea

It has a lot of little flowers per every square inch.

The first pink was out today and it is very white too.

pink

I went in search of bright colour and found it behind the house where the oriental poppies are enormous.

oriental poppyoriental poppy

A new rose has arrived.

rosa complicata

And I found a bee on a lily leaf in the pond.  Perhaps it had been having a swim or a drink.

bee in pond

After a while with few bees, it is good to see and hear numbers of both honey and bumble bees about.  Now I am waiting for some more butterflies to turn up.

I made some soup for lunch and then we were delighted to welcome a few drops of rain but they turned out to be a false alarm and soon gave up.  There were rumbles of thunder and dark clouds but these too were to produce nothing though I heard later that there was a storm in Hawick, 20 miles up the road.

In desperation, I went for a walk, reckoning that this would be bound to make it rain.

I saw the oyster catchers beside the Esk and noted that they had two youngsters with them.  I managed to catch one each of the parents and children.

oyster catcher with young

I crossed the Langholm Bridge, bought an ice cream from the van and spent some time watching pied and grey wagtails flitting about.  It looked as though the grey wagtails might be feeding young in a nest on the bank.

grey wagtail

Looking back at the town bridge, I saw its railings reflected in the trickle of water going down the river below.

Langholm Bridge

Just below the Sawmill Brig, there is a fine display of knapweed on a stony island in the Ewes Water (though it wasn’t an island today as the water was so low).

knapweed

We are in a very green season as a stroll up the Lodge Walks….

Lodge Walks

…and across the Castleholm showed.

Castleholm

I walked across to a favourite tree, a red horse-chestnut…

red chestnut

…and took a closer look at the flowers which are just going over.

red chestnut

The racecourse was a sea of buttercups….

race course castleholm with buttercups

…which may account for the state of my shoes when I got home.

shoes with buttercup dust

There was no trouble in finding grasses, nettles and plantains on my way.

wild grasses and nettle

My favourite wild thing though was the corydalis that lives on the wall at the top of the Scholars’ Field.

corydalis

Far from making it rain, my walk made the sun come out….

clouds

…and all the big clouds slipped past the town.  Ironically, as soon as the sun came out, it also started to rain but this was another half hearted effort and Mrs Tootlepedal had to water the vegetable garden again.  I watered the gooseberries, strawberries and sunflowers.

I had another look for new flowers and found a pretty Sweet William…

Sweet william

I was feeling far from my peak by this time but fortunately, Mrs Tootlepedal whipped up a wonderfully tasty meal of Eggs Florentine (spinach from the garden) followed by delicious Scottish strawberries on a meringue base topped with whipped cream.

The whole thing was a taste sensation and an outright indulgence and it was just what the doctor ordered as after I had eaten, I suddenly felt perky enough to get out the new bike and enjoy 16 miles in the late evening sunshine.  The meal and the unexpected bike ride made an otherwise rather dull  day seem quite cheerful in the end.

Now if it would just rain overnight….

They say that there is a chance of rain tomorrow but we will believe when we see it.

The flower of the day is a Butter and Sugar Iris.

butter and sugar irisbutter and sugar iris

A wonderful plant which managed to capture about ten of the raindrops that fell today.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

26 thoughts on “A drop in the ocean

  1. Sorry to read that you felt a bit low though you took some wonderful photographs of flowers as a result, particularly the butter and sugar iris. Glad the day ended better than it began and hope you get rain tomorrow.

  2. I wouldn’t feel guilty for taking an occasional day off. We all need it at one time or another.
    We had a little rain on Monday but all in all we’re in the same boat that you are. I’ve noticed that some of the wildflowers are being held back for lack of moisture.
    I love the butter and sugar iris. It reminds me of our butter and sugar ears of corn, which should appear in stores before long.

  3. Your dessert sounds like the oh-so-delicious pavlova that Lucie makes. No wonder you felt restored enough to hop on SG and hit the road!

  4. Thank you for that view of the Lodge Walks (my favorite) and the sea of buttercups! The photos were all enjoyable.

    We are in a rainy period again now, starting last night. Much needed here.

  5. How lovely to see the fluffy oystercatcher and the wagtail on your walk around the green parts of town. Love the iris photo. Amazing how delicious food can perk one up.

  6. I’m having a brain fart today and can’t think of much to say other than I hope that you feel better tomorrow, and that you continue to shoot so many excellent images of the flowers, birds, and landscapes that you see.

    1. You can take a day off commenting when ever you like. It shouldn’t be a penance. You work quite hard enough in the real world without slaving away in the imaginary world as well. 🙂

  7. We have the oyster catchers here, too, along the coast. They seem to like the space on the rocks close to the surf. I have never seen any young ones. What cute fluffiness you caught in your image.

    How perverse that the sun came out despite your walk! We have had some minor sprinkles these past couple of days, but not enough to get by without a touch of water to perk up those newly planted, or that require more moisture. I’m hoping the natives I’m encouraging will be self-sustaining in our dry summers once they get established. I’m definitely not as energetic or dedicated as Mrs T when it comes to gardening. O_o

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