Unusually, I have two guest pictures of the day from our son Tony. The first shows that he got up at sunrise to walk his dogs…
…and the second shows what he saw.
His new house gets our seal of approval.
Dropscone is away refereeing another golf tournament so there were no treacle scones today but there was ample consolation in the appearance of Sandy who came for coffee and biscuits.
I had a cycle ride in mind for sometime during the day after Sandy left but the weather was very unsettled with a combination of sunshine and rain, including one very sharp shower that came with added thunder and hailstones.
I did go out in the sunny spells to see if butterflies had arrived but there were none so I took a picture of a Michaelmas daisy…
…had a look at the vegetables..
…checked out the bees…
…and went back in.
I spent a moment or two watching the birds. A sunflower is growing uninvited behind the bird feeder and a chaffinch perched on one of its ample leaves to check out the seeds.
Amongst the regular visitors, a very white bird appeared. It was tricky to see what it was but I think it is sparrow.
Mrs Tootlepedal was out on business in the morning and when she returned, a passing neighbour commented on the number of walnuts in the tree…
They are looking very impressive and we are hoping that they will ripen into a usable crop.
If I had been keen and watchful, I would have found a good enough spell of weather during the day to get out on the bike but I was not keen and instead of watching the weather, I spent time watching the European Games on the telly.
I was just going upstairs to admire a layout for a patchwork blind which Mrs Tootlepedal is making when the doorbell rang so I went back down and found my South African correspondent, Tom Elliot on the doorstep.
It was a pleasure to see him and we had a good chat. I had to go up and fetch the car from the garage where it had been having a service and he was still chatting to Mrs Tootlepedal when I got back so we had a walk round the garden and he tested the new bench…
…and pronounced it fit for purpose.
He is a keen cyclist and is in training for a very hilly mountain bike marathon back home in South Africa.
When he left, I felt that I ought to make some good use of a day that had become very sunny again so I went for a short walk.
In spite of the heavy showers and quite a bit of recent rain, it is still basically quite dry and the river is low.
I walked up one of Langholm’s narrowest streets…
…and came to the Kilngreen where there were a good number of black headed gulls about, some very active…
…and some quite passive.
Then I crossed the Sawmill Brig and headed up the Lodge Walks…
…hoping that the sunshine would last for long enough for me to get home dry.
I was keeping an eye out for fungus….
…and signs of the season.
Some black clouds loomed up so I didn’t dilly dally but had enough time to see some brighter colour once I got back into the town.
I looked into our garden from the road and enjoyed Mrs Tootlepedal’s ranks of yellow crocosmia which surround the front lawn.
There was more rain to follow the sunshine before it brightened up again just in time for Mike and Alison to arrive for their regular Friday evening visit.
Both Alison and I have been practising a bit so it came as no surprise when our playing was a bit more ragged than usual. We were worn out before we started! Still, playing duets is always a pleasure so we were not downhearted.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch.