Today’s guest picture, sent to me by my son Tony, is a slightly fuzzy snapshot of members of his family enjoying the rock pools at East Wemyss. They seem to be settling in well.
I did some settling in myself today. I got up, had breakfast and then settled back in bed for a snooze. It turned out that I was slightly tired for some mysterious reason.
I got up when Mrs Tootlepedal went off to church and mowed the drying green and the greenhouse grass. Although Mary Jo’s rain gauge was registering 0mm this morning, there has been enough rain recently to keep the grass growing at a great rate.
I couldn’t help noticing the butterflies on the buddleia beside the drying green.
There was the usual peacock…
…enjoying the morning sun enough to spread out its wings and show all four eyes and a painted lady posing prettily nearby.
Beside the butterflies was the first of the Michaelmas daisies…
…which is an uncomfortable reminder that the year is inexorably on the march towards autumn.
I had a walk round while doing a bit of dead heading. The calendulas rise and fall with great regularity. We have a great number in the garden and if you keep dead heading them, they keep on coming. The same applies to the poppies so we have to keep busy with the snips.
The dahlias were attracting bumble bees.
And the red buddleia had a single butterfly on it.
While I was wandering, I was once again struck by the glory of the new lilies.
More of them come out each day.
The gaura, which I thought was going over, has got a second wind and is flowering furiously.
It seemed to have been out for a long time so I checked and found that I had taken the first picture of it on June 23rd so it has been good value for money.
The golden wedding roses have done so well in our warm summer…
…that Mrs Tootlepedal purchased a couple more roses of a similar type but different colours a couple of days ago to add a bit of variety to our view from the kitchen window.
The test will come when they have to put up with our winter.
New poppies appear daily at the moment.
Some with added insect.
And a second flush of orange hawkweed has replaced the first flowering which was trimmed off when it went over. It has been a very good summer.
I had intended to go bicycling in the morning but having failed to do that, I made the mistake of sitting down after lunch and didn’t get up again until four o’clock when Mrs Tootlepedal summoned me out to help drive in a stake to support a really tall sunflower.
It really is really tall.
The drying green buddleia was awash with peacocks…
…and it was tempting to hang around to try to take the definite peacock picture but now that I was up and active, I thought that I ought to make something at least of a really good summer’s day. Our temperatures recently have been perfect for me, hovering around 20°C.
I rolled round my customary 20 mile Canonobie circuit, trying quite hard but not going very fast and only stopped for a picture when I crossed Skippers Bridge on my way back into Langholm.
I looked both ways.
When I got home, I took a self indulgent picture of the middle lawn which has survived a miserable winter and a drought not too badly.
You can see the very tall sunflower in the background.
A gentle and enjoyable day was rounded of with an excellent meal of roast chicken with vegetables from the garden all provided by Mrs Tootlepedal.
I didn’t find the time or the energy to take any bird pictures so the flowers of the day are the phlox which continue to dazzle.