Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Mary Jo from Manitoba. It was sent to her by a friend and was taken by her friend’s nephew, James Greig . James farms near Melita, MB and is the third generation to work that land. He has a good eye for a photo and those interested can find a lot more of his work here.
Thanks to the long spell of good weather, I have got well behind schedule when it comes to putting the data miners’ work into the newspaper index database on the Archive Group website so I am going to have to cut down on words and pictures in the blog posts for a bit while I catch up. (Enormous sigh of relief, politely masked, from beleaguered blog readers.)
Looking back, it is eight years since I started this on-line diary on June 16th 2010 with a post of 45 words and one picture. Things have gone downhill since then. I have had 2921 posts and I think that my sister Susan has read every one!
Anyway, here is briefer than usual summary of my day.
I got up early, had breakfast and got on my bike for the 20 mile Canonbie circuit. I stopped twice.
The combination of the early start and a brisk breeze caught my legs napping and I found it hard work but I got home in time for coffee and a walk round the garden.
Two shrubs which had Mrs Tootlepedal worried earlier in the year have done better than expected.
The bad weather has hit the lupins badly. They were doing so well in the good weather, it is sad to see them now.
There is plenty of white about
I like this Euphorbia. It gives me the impression that it is the result of a potato print by a competent child in the school art class.
The espalier apples are showing the benefit of some hand pollinating during our cold and beeless spring.
I went in and made some soup for lunch and watched the birds.
After lunch, I mowed the middle and front lawns and then gained extra credit with the gardener by going round with the lawn edger. A little compost sieving followed and that completed the energetic part of the day. It was really windy which made taking flower pictures difficult and it was grey and chilly which made a walk unattractive so I did what I needed to and went inside and put a week of the newspaper index into the database.
In the evening my flute pupil Luke came and we had a productive session. Onwards and upwards.
I watched the first half of the England world cup football match but watching England trying to play the ball out of defence always makes me nervous so I wrote the blog during the second half. I noticed that they won so well done England.
The flower of the day is the lamium, which after a slow start, is going great guns.
And a FBotD too.