Today’s guest picture was sent to me by my friend Gavin who is over on the east coast on a walking holiday. He passed this little memento of the war near Craster.
Mrs Tootlepedal spent most of the day embroidering in Hawick so I had a quiet day to myself.
It was another dry day so I had the opportunity to look at flowers in the garden though the brisk wind meant that I had to try to find the ones that were in a bit of shelter.
I didn’t have to look far to find some good colour.
Mrs Tootlepedal introduced two Gauras into the garden this year, one white and one red. The white one fell victim to the strong winds but the red one has survived.
The campanulas are getting a bit battered by the persistent breezes but some are keeping their heads up.
And the Martagon lily has got its dancing shoes on.
After a wander about, I went inside to drink, coffee, read the papers, do the crossword and keep an eye on the birds.
The blackbirds have been very busy and look as though they are starting another brood even though there are several developing young birds about. I like the way that they go black from back to front as they grow up.
The feeder was busy with sparrows, goldfinches, chaffinches and siskins all competing for a place on a perch…
…leading to some unfortunate outbreaks of hooliganism.
In the case, the chaffinch shrugged off the siskin and kept her place at the feeder.
After a good lunch of sardine and lettuce sandwiches, I got myself organised and went out for a cycle ride. The wind was gusty so I settled for a gentle 30 mile circuit and was happy to be blown home so that the return journey uphill was considerably faster than the outward journey downhill.
Did I mention that everything is growing?
There was only just room for the road between these lush verges near Gretna Green and I had to stop a little further on to let a rush of traffic go by.
I stopped for a drink and half a banana after twenty miles and admired the ferns beside the road.
I am trying not to take too many pictures but when I got home, the sun came out and so did my camera.
I am cycling slowly but consistently as my trip today was within half an hour
Mrs Tootlepedal’s orange geums are lasting well….
…and the melancholy thistle looked positively cheerful today.
Rosa Wren, probably my favourite rose in the garden has produced its first flower…
…and the giant ornamental clover has come out too.
I like to see the perennial nasturtium so I was pleased to see that it has survived the severe clipping that the yew it lives on got last year and has come back fighting.
Mrs Tootlepedal was back from Hawick when I got back from cycling and she was soon hard at work in the garden while I mowed the front lawn and put the sprinkler on the middle lawn. There is no rain in the forecast for the next ten days and with the temperature set to rise, I want to avoid the lawns drying out.
Following the doctors’ advice to get more iron into my diet, we had liver for tea for the second time in a few days. As I am eating plenty of greens as well, I will so full of metal that I will be liable to set of security scanners just by walking past them soon.
We had a sporting evening watching bits of football and rugby matches on the telly.
There is not just one flying chaffinch of the day today but three of them.