In the total absence of a guest photograph today, I have had to resort to one of my own to head up the post. It shows Langholm Parish Church en fête this afternoon.
Since it was the day of the parish church fête, it is the customary practice of wise old heads to look out their best waterproofs and tie down anything that might be blown away by the gales that seem to accompany this annual event. This year however, as you can see, the weather was perfect.
I had been at the church to sing in the choir in the morning and although my voice was still a bit rough, the singing didn’t seem to make it worse so I am keeping my fingers crossed and will have another sing on Wednesday.
I had time to walk round the garden after breakfast and before going to church.
New flowers were out.
The first of the Dutch Irises….
…and the first flowers on a verbascum.
A young blackbird kept an eye on me as I went about.
The ornamental strawberries are still showing and as I took my first picture of one on May 14th, they are lasting well.
The morning sun picked out some Sweet William.
When we got back from church, Mrs Tootlepedal was soon back at work in the garden and I did some shredding and compost sieving in an effort to be of assistance. I mowed the front lawn too and edged both lawns so the grass department is looking quite neat.
I had time to poke about with a camera as well.
Another new flower has appeared but this time in the vegetable garden. The potatoes are looking quite healthy.
The Ooh La La clematis had a bad attack of clematis wilt but parts of the plant have survived and there are plenty of the striking flowers still on show.
The Rosa Wren was looking very fine and…
..to continue the avian theme, the Goldfinch rose is flourishing too.
Among the real birds, this greenfinch looked as though the warmth of the day might be a bit too much of a good thing.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to the fête where she was helping to sell raffle tickets. I followed along and bought a raffle ticket (in vain as it turned out) and had a couple of goes at the coconut shy in an effort to win a coconut to put out for the birds in the garden. My efforts here were in vain too with my throws being well shy of the target.
I cheered myself up by listening first to the Town Band…
…which played a very nice selection of tunes in the sunshine and then to the pipe band…
…who sensibly found a large tree in the park to provide a bit of shade for their selection.
The plant stall was being looked after by two archivists and a bass from the choir and was doing a brisk business.
Mrs Tootlepedal had taken some plants along for the stall but couldn’t find a buyer for all her Doddering Dillies so she had to bring three home and plant them in the garden. (Some times I think that she makes these names up to entertain me.)
I left a bit early and went along the river to see if the oyster catcher family was still there.
When I got home, I felt that it was too hot for a comfortable bike ride so I went inside and in the cool of the house, I put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database.
By the time that I finished, Mrs Tootlepedal had returned and the sun was low enough in the sky to encourage me out for a twenty mile circuit of Canonbie. It was a lovely day…
…but I had already taken plenty of pictures already so I settled for this view back over Wauchopedale and concentrated on cycling for the rest of the journey.
Once again the breeze was brisk enough to make me faster on the way back up the hill when it was behind me than I was battling into it down the hill. We are promised calmer days next week which will be welcome if it is true.
As I had no guest picture of the day at the head of the post, I am going to end abruptly with no flying bird of flower of the day at the foot.