Today’s guest picture is another from Sharon’s visit to Berlin.
In spite of the gloomy forecast at the beginning of the week, we had another dry day here today with a decent amount of sunshine. Unfortunately the wind continued to blow vigorously so it took me quite a long time to get up the energy to go out on my bike.
I had several good wheezes to distract me before I got going and of course, I always have to have a look at the garden first.
I am very attached to the papery poppies that have come out of the seed packet this year.
They have a subdued elegance.
And in spite of the brisk breeze, there were butterflies everywhere in the garden today.
Indeed, you had to look sharp to avoid being knocked over by them as they flitted from flower to flower.
I did get going in the end and found it a hard battle. I was pleased to stop to admire a small clump of traditional toadstools…
…and in an effort to get some gender balance into the blog, I refrained from taking any more outstanding cows and took two sitting bulls instead.
Near the end of the ride (my usual 20 mile Canonbie circle), I parked the bike behind a fence and walked down through the woods…
…to get a view of the river Esk near Broonholm.
I thought that I might see a lot of fungus under the trees but this little clump was the only fungus that I saw.
I managed to make it home and found Mrs Tootlepedal hard at work on the computer.
It was fine enough for Mrs Tootlepedal to take her lunch out to the new bench and I joined her later on. Out of the wind and sensibly clothed, it was a good day to test the bench.
The afternoon was given over to gardening. I was in poetic form:
There was mowing, dead heading
And sieving and shredding.
Mrs Tootlepedal is still in full Attila the Gardener mode so there was plenty of shredding to do. The good summer has speeded up the compost process and there are now two big buckets of sieved compost waiting to find a home.
While we were sitting on the bench having our lunch, I noticed that a second flowering of a polemonium has come out to join the late flowering delphinium.
As they are in the same bed as the reliable golden wedding rose and the perennial wallflower…
…there was no shortage of colour in that corner of the garden.
I noticed a young blackbird sitting quietly on the fence and went in to get a camera. I was surprised to find it still there when I came out.
Then Mike Tinker came to bring Mrs Tootlepedal a gift of some liquid worm compost from his wormery as it produces more than he needs for his own garden. He joined us for a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit and his visit was well timed as it began to rain lightly just at that moment.
I took a picture of a leycesteria before I went in.
Although the rain stopped, we didn’t go back out to the garden when Mike left as I had to have an early evening meal because it was the first meeting of Langholm Sings, our Community Choir in the evening.
I did find time to take a few bird pictures though.
I like the shiny black feet that jackdaws have.
This goldfinch has been very badly painted!
I hope it gets some better feathers before the cold weather arrives.
Not all of our bird visitors are smart. A sparrow had bitten more off a fat ball than it could chew and a coal tit was parked on a perch with no seed.
The first meeting of the choir was well attended with a couple of new members and Mary, our director had brought some new music for us to tackle. Two of the pieces were good to sing and quite easy but the third piece looks as though it will keep us busy for some time. This seems like a good balance and I thoroughly enjoyed the singing, especially as my voice lasted reasonably well.
The flying bird of the day is another of the chaffinches which fly up to the feeder and conveniently hover for a moment before landing just so that I can snap them.