Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba, or to be more precise, over Manitoba in her aeroplane from which she could see the effect of having a pivotal irrigation system.
A variety of forecasters were offering a variety of forecasts today but they all involved rain at some time or other. I decided to believe the ones that suggested rain in the morning and a better afternoon and spent some time putting another week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. As I still have a pile of two months sitting beside the computer, I will need a lot of rainy days to get through them.
There was a bit of rain in the morning but I found a dry moment to go up and get my medicine from the chemist and arrange to book the hall for the camera club which will be starting again in September.
This all took most of the morning and I didn’t take my camera out until after midday.
In spite of dead heading dozens of calendulas every day, or maybe because of dead heading dozens of calendulas every day, there are still a lot around.
The clematis on the fence beside the vegetable garden are thriving and the Ooh La La is still gamely producing flowers.
Then it started to rain so I went in and made some vegetable soup (including courgettes) for my lunch.
After lunch, the sun shone again and almost immediately a peacock butterfly appeared on the buddleia.
Our neighbour Liz and I were considering where the butterflies live and what they do on wet days. Do butterflies have a home to got to? How far will a butterfly fly to get to a buddleia? This are questions to which I don’t know the answer.
I do know where my bike is though so, after photographing a pigeon on a pole…
…I got it out and went for a ride while the sun was shining.
The wind was also blowing and it was pretty vigorous so I confined my efforts to a very slow tour round my usual 20 mile Canonbie circuit. I was quite pleased to stop for pictures on my way.
I always enjoying looking at this slightly mysterious row of trees in a field.
Nearby, belted Galloway cattle were too busy eating the fresh grass to look up as I passed.
Things have greened up well and on my ride yesterday, I saw that some farmers have been able to take a second cut of silage. The view from Tarcoon back to Langholm seemed to promise fair weather all the way for my ride today.
And the view ahead, showed another descent from the hills to the plain.
I was a bit less confident about getting round dry as I passed Hollows Tower with five miles to go as the black clouds looked threatening…
…but my timing was good and it had rained in Langholm and then stopped raining by the time that I got back.
Mrs Tootlepedal was entertaining our neighbours Gavin and Gaye to a cup of tea indoors when I arrived. They had intended to try out our new bench but had been driven inside by the shower.
We had had a painter working on the outside doors at the front of the house through the day and I hadn’t seen many birds as a result so I set up the camera to watch the birds when Gavin and Gaye left….
…but then left it to go outside and join Mrs Tootlepedal who was working in the garden.
The poppies are trying their best…
…and we have two sorts of crocosmia out…
…but it was hard to take a picture of a dahlia without a bee getting in the way.
I thought that the helenium was looking a bit more cheerful today.
Going back inside, I watched the birds again.
Sparrows replaced our greenfinches today.
These two were having a discussion….
…when they broke off to shout encouragement to another who was experimenting with vertical take off.
Siskins brought their usual behaviour to the party.
I had got the timing for my cycle ride doubly right because it started to rain very heavily while I was having my post ride shower and I recorded over 1cm of rain for the day in Mary Jo’s rain gauge, all from short sharp showers.
The combination of the house moving last week and some regularly pedalling in brisk winds have left me a little tired so I was more than happy to settle down after tea and watch highly skilled athletes and swimmers battling each other in the European Championships.
The flying bird of the day is another sparrow,