Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He knows that I enjoy his photographs of teapots so he sent me this teapot cascade from Derby. (He was going for a cup of coffee when he passed it.)
It was another very grey and gloomy morning today, with occasional drizzle to make things even gloomier.
I took the weather as an excuse to have a lie in and a very leisurely breakfast. In fact it was so leisurely that I had to get dressed in a hurry when Sandy checked to see if coffee was available.
After coffee, Sandy went off with a plum or two for company and I retired back indoors to put another week of the newspaper index into the Archive Group database. Sandy, who had woken early, told me that he had put a week in well before breakfast so between us, we should be catching up on the data miners.
It was too damp and gloomy for a walk, a pedal, photography or any gardening so I did the crossword and then made tomato and courgette soup for lunch, following a recipe that Sandy had suggested. It was very tasty.
The weather was improving little by little as the day went on and after had I done some business in the town and helped Mrs Tootlepedal with the insertion of some press stud fasteners into fabric, I thought that the day was nice enough to warrant a cycle ride.
It was quite late by now so I settled for a quick dash round my Canonbie circuit and thanks to a helpful wind, it was quite quick and I only stopped twice for to take a picture.
In previous years, people have suggested that this tree at Hagg-on Esk resembles an excited poodle.
Sometimes I see it and sometimes I don’t. It may be a jockey on a horse rearing out of the starting gate…or it may just be a tree.
By the time that I got back to Langholm, the shadows were lengthening but it was turning out to be a lovely evening…
…and I was able to take the camera out into the garden when I got home.
It hadn’t taken much sunshine to bring the butterflies out. For every coloured butterfly this summer, there have been five white ones…
…and there was only one peacock out today.
Mrs Tootlepedal has planted a lot of fancy cosmos this year and they have enjoyed the weather a lot.
On top of the compost bins, the snowberry peeped out at the evening sunshine.
I should have picked the sweet peas and taken them inside to encourage more to grow but I shot them in situ today.
Mrs Tootlepedal has surrounded the plum tree with white hostas.
And her 50p geranium is proving excellent value for money.
The dahlia of the day had a bee visiting of course.
The poppies have not enjoyed the weather at all but a few keep battling on.
And after seeing the dicentra seed pods recently, I was surprised to notice this bunch of fresh looking flowers and even more surprised to see that one of them had attracted a bee.
Elsewhere, a bee and a dahlia had become almost indistinguishable.
Mrs Tootlepedal has greatly reduced the amount of sedum in the garden from previous years but we still have some and it is just beginning to show some colour.
During the day, Ross, the joiner, had been hard at work putting new doors into our garage. After forty years of struggling with an intractable folding door system which opened inwards, we decided that it was time for a change and Ross has put in two hinged doors that open outward….
…immediately creating a lot more space inside. In an exciting development, I hope to have a picture of the doors standing open in tomorrow’s post. And before anyone asks, we don’t use the garage for our car. It is the home of bicycles and lawn mowers….and quite a lot of ‘stuff’ besides.
While I was out, Mrs Tootlepedal had completed her press stud work and the resulting black out blind was in place upstairs, press studded onto a Velux window.
She likes to have a project and she always has some spare material about.
Mrs Tootlepedal then made a really tasty one pot sausage and tomato penne dish for our tea so a day which had started out looking most unpromising, turned out very well in the end.
I even found a pigeon in retreat as an elegant flying bird of the day.
30 thoughts on “Mrs Tootlepedal plays a blinder”
Beautiful blind. I can only think of two reasons for needing blackout. For the first, we haven’t needed to blackout, fortunately, for nearly 75 years. For the other – are you planning to start processing your own photos? But perhaps there’s a third reason I’ve not thought of…
I think the tree looks more like a dog than a horse.
The geranium is unusual. I’ve never seen one like it.
The quilt seems like a creative solution to unwanted light.
You can see what you want to see in a picture like that.
Loved the smart new garage doors and look forward to the next picture. That blackout blind is something else, what a feast for the eyes.
What a beautiful blackout blind.
Glad the new geranium is doing so well.
I am I utter see if anyone capable of paychworking. Sadly it is way too mathematical and exact for me although every so often I forget and have another depressing attempt. The blind looks wonderful as do the new garage doors. I’m looking forward to tomorrows post!
You will have to wait another day as I didn’t get the chance to open the doors today.
Mrs. T’s patchwork blind is beautiful! What a great idea! And you’re right, Tom, the tree does look rather like a horse and rider.
She is a nifty worker with a needle.
No, definitely a poodle, with an extra long tail. Always great to start the day off by seeing a picture of the peacock butterfly. That blind is beautiful. To keep out the cold?
To keep out the light on a summer night when a small person is visiting.
Ah! It stays light out quite late, doesn’t it?
In midsummer, it doesn’t get really dark at all in a clear day. The sun sets after ten o’clock.
No wonder you need that shade.
Those up-and-over doors last a few weeks if you’re lucky and aren’t squished by one sooner. Very sensible reorganisation. The blind is delightful and the stud solution another great approach.
We are keen to use studs on something else now!
I like the blind your wife made. Nice.
I like the way she can translate a notion into a reality.
Mrs. T is certainly a woman of many talents, the blind is beautiful!
I’ve said something along this line before, but you live an idyllic life all the way around.
I can’t disagree with that. Only the aches and pains which come with increasing years are there to bring us back to reality.
Yes, there’s a lot to see in that tree, though I’m somewhat dull and only saw a tree until people started making suggestions.
The blind looks the sort of thing it would be a pleasure to wake up to. Mrs T is a marvel.
I had often passed it without thinking about it until some made that suggestion so I must be dull too.
Better to be dull than to wear yourself out with too much thinking…
No danger of that with me.
I definitely see a portrait of my wee poodle in the tree at Hagg-on Esk. The blind is gorgeous. How on earth did you catch a marvel like Mrs T? She’s simply amazing.
Pure good fortune.
A beautiful patchwork blind and a lovely assortment of flowers.
Tree looks like a horse and jockey to me but the poodle idea is charming and funny.
I am so impressed with Mrs T’s beautiful blind.
I have removed a lot of that sedum from my garden this year, too. It was everywhere because it roots anYwhere you drop a little piece.