Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary. I walked past the canal at Paddington on my way home from Marlow without taking a picture so she sent me this one taken further along the canal a few days earlier. I don’t think that she sampled the rum.
In the end, a combination of the heat, an appointment and things to do persuaded me to put off going to see Matilda for a week. I had planned for a very leisurely day but I kept pottering about for pretty well the whole time and it was just as well that I didn’t try to fit in a trip to Edinburgh as well.
I had to do quite a lot of dead heading and some watering too and as this involves carrying heavy watering cans about (we have been asked not to use garden hoses until it rains again), it also involved quite a bit of resting between trips. I used the breaks to take some pictures of bees.
I was spoiled for choice.
Every colour was in demand.
And every size and sort of flower.
A new pale astrantia has come out and the bees like it as much as the darker ones.
The poppies had benefited from the dead heading and replacements had arrived.
My appointment was to get my three monthly vitamin B12 top up at the health centre and that passed as painlessly as it always does. Young people won’t realise what a wonderful improvement there has been in needle technology. Getting injections of any sort when I was a boy was a nightmare and I still have enough needlephobia not to be able to watch an injection when I get one or see one on the telly but actually having an injection nowadays is a breeze and the nurse and I chatted happily about golf while the procedure was performed.
I had a light lunch when I got back and then went out to do some more watering and picture taking.
I think that these are the famous doddering dillies that were on sale at the Church fete.
They are very pretty but because they dodder about in the lightest breeze, they are not easy to photograph.
There are several sunflowers out in the garden…
…and this is one of the small ones. I will need a step ladder to take a picture of one of the tall ones. They are miles above my head now.
We saw a fine example of the Common Riding rose (Excelsa) at the Hampton Court Flower Show but I think that ours is looking every bit as good.
Although it only has one flower at the moment, I like one of the new roses that Mrs Tootlepedal planted this year.
It is called Fru Dagmar Hastrup and I think it is very charming. Mrs Tootlepedal wishes it was a bit more robust.
I went inside to work on the computer to avoid the hottest part of the afternoon and then Mike arrived and I went round to have a cup of tea in his shady garden. Alison provided the tea and an excellent ginger biscuit and I was so perked up by this that after finishing my computer work and potting out some plants for Mrs Tootlepedal, I went out for a short cycle ride in the relative cool of the evening.
It was a perfect cycling evening and I wished that I had been able to get out for a longer ride.
I saw a big bunch of bright yellow flowers in the verge so I stopped for a look. They looked a bit like crosswort at first but it was something different.
I took a close up as best I could while holding up my bike….
…and a shot of a single plant.
Any help with identification would be welcome. (My wildflower expert, Mike says that it is Lady’s Bedstraw)
There was plenty of purple around too in the form of thistles….
…and the first rosebay willowherb of the summer.
I only went twelve miles as it was past my tea time already but I hadn’t quite finished the day yet.
When I got home, I mowed the front lawn. There will be those who think that it is folly to mow a lawn when the weather is so dry and they may be right but it was a light cut and it made the lawn look better.
Two beautiful roses lurk behind the box balls at the far end of the lawn but most of the colour was right behind me as I took the picture so I turned round.
On the other side of the garden a new flower has come out.
As I am trying to improve the rust content in my diet, I had a good meal of liver with peas, beans, spinach, turnips and potatoes from the garden.
The flying bird of the day is sensibly resting.