Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew’s visit to Shugborough Hall and shows the modest dwelling itself.
The forecast was gloomy again and the day was pretty gloomy but not quite as gloomy as the forecast.
I checked out how the trimmed hydrangea looked after my efforts last night…
…and reckoned that the haircut was neat enough.
The day was cheered up by the arrival of Sandy for coffee. He has been having great fun fitting out his new shed with storage and tool racks and all those things which really make a shed a shed.
While we drank our coffee, a blend of Kenyan and Ethiopian, I noticed a blue tit visiting the last of the fat balls on the feeder.
The blue tits look rather green at this time of year.
I took a tour round the garden with Sandy before he left and then did a tour of my own dead heading a considerable number of flowers. Mrs Tootlepedal had already been out dead heading but there is always more to do.
Then I pointed the camera at flowers.
The dahlia of the day…
…a pale poppy…
…and some very bright and poisonous Lords and Ladies (arum maculatum).
Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help out at the Buccleuch Centre cafe over lunchtime and I set up the camera at the kitchen window.
Business both at the Buccleuch Centre and our feeder was brisk.
I started by seeing sparrows…
…sometimes quite caring and sharing…
…sometimes a little bit threatening…
…and sometimes not very welcoming at all.
Within minutes, the sparrows had turned into greenfinches…
…who were just as competitive as the sparrows.
A couple of chaffinches crept onto the bottom perches…
…and had to put on their hardest stare to keep the greenfinches away.
After 6 minutes of bird watching, I had taken 45 pictures so I hurriedly put the camera away again and went out to pick a lettuce and have my lunch, a lettuce and tomato and a lettuce and marmite sandwich.
I did think about a bike ride but it was grey and windy and every now and again some light drizzle floated down from above so I put a week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database until Mrs Tootlepedal came back from the Buccleuch Centre.
It didn’t look as though it was going to get any brighter so we got into the car and went off to Carlisle to do a little shopping.
I bought some new photo frames and then we topped up on dates, cheese, coffee and other necessities of life before rolling home. It was one of those annoying days when the weather in Carlisle, a mere twenty miles south of us, was much better than in Langholm. It is the price we play for living in beautiful hilly country.
I had a last look round the garden, picking out a strongly coloured sweet pea today…
…and then went in and shut the grey day out.
I have updated my photo editor and I now have a lot of new things to learn so perhaps a few wet, cloudy and windy days won’t come amiss while I grapple with the mysteries of ‘Cloud Computing’ indoors.
The flying bird of the day is one of the greenfinches.