Today’s guest picture comes from my Highland correspondent Jenni. She went even further north from Inverness for a cruise and found herself in Alaskan waters.
We had an uncharacteristically dull day here both as far as the weather went and my level of activity. Mrs Tootlepedal was up and at it early with a trip to Carlisle and back by bus before lunch but drizzly rain and a brisk breeze discouraged me from doing much more than a little garden tidying and a trip to the corner shop in a dry spell.
I didn’t even get my camera out until after lunch.
The dahlias don’t seem to mind the rain much…
…but a hellenium…
..and a rudbeckia appear rather depressed.
The small sunflowers make up in numbers what they lack in height…
…and both the plums…
…and the apples can’t be accused of any lack of effort.
Indeed, I have thinned the plums several times already and took off another twenty today without making any noticeable difference to the crop.
The Christmas tree, which is having its summer holiday in the vegetable garden, doesn’t seem very sure about which way it is going at all.
I had some fun trying to photograph a fine red poppy. It was exposed to the breeze and after several complete failures…
…I finally managed to catch it at the top of its swaying motion.
This little excursion completed my outdoor work for the day and I went in to put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database and have another unavailing round in my battle against the recalcitrant printer. Printer 4 Tom 0.
A gloomy afternoon was improved by the arrival of Luke for our weekly flute playing efforts and I got a couple of new studies from the internet for us to play. The internet is an endless source of free flute duets and I put that in the balance against the greed and manipulation of the big internet companies.
Our good spell of weather looks as though it has finally come to an end, with cooler temperatures and rain forecast for every day this week until the weekend. I will have to remember what it is like to bicycle in less than perfect conditions if I am not to fall behind my schedule again.
For some mysterious reason, there have been hardly any birds in the garden for the last two days after a very busy spell so the flying bird of the day is a solitary siskin sitting down.