Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Dropscone.  He claimed it shows a golf course near Glasgow but in fact it shows a path to a lighthouse on Islay.  If he has a picture of the actual lighthouse, I hope that he sends it to me.


I was completely wrong footed by the forecast today.  It had claimed with great confidence for some time that it was going to rain all day today, sometimes heavily. Under the circumstances, I left a lot of work on the computer to be done while it rained.

And then it didn’t rain much and sometimes not at all. And from time to time the sun came out.  All the same, the computer work had to be done so I did it.

I also had a visit from Dropscone for coffee.  He came with treacle scones and left with apples so we were both happy.

Mrs Tootlepedal was busy painting an internal door and helping out at the Buccleuch Centre so I had quite a quiet if workmanlike day.  I did pop out into the garden for a breath of fresh air and some dead heading and of course, I took a look about.

There is still a lot to see.

Some things have come back for a second go.

sweet rocket
Sweet rocket
Choisya or Mexican orange

Some things are keeping going.

Lobelia on the chimney pot by the bird feeder
Nasturtium on the bench
Geranium beside the front lawn
A fairly fancy Fuschia
sunny reggae dahlia 2
One of the Sunny Reggae dahlias
sunny reggae dahlia
Even on a damp and gloomy day, they make the sun shine

I took a picture of a corner of the bed beside the new path.

new path bed

It has a lot going on: nasturtium, potentilla, verbascum, euphorbia, pansy, viola, cosmos and feverfew.  The sharp eyed may even see a glimpse of a dodddering dilly on the left.  Mrs Tootlepedal has had most of them up to stop them spreading too wildly.

I did see a butterfly or two…

peacock butterfly

…but not on a sedum yet.


Presumably there is a bit more opening to be done before the butterflies get attracted.

sedum close

I didn’t have much time to watch the birds but, as always, I was happy to see a blue tit visiting…


…and just lately, we have had a pair of collared doves about too.

collared doves

A lot of the birds are in the process of getting their paint job renewed like this chaffinch.


I had to go back in when it started to rain.

It stopped when I had been for a short while but by the time that I had spent enough time crouched over the keyboard and was thinking of a short walk, it started to rain again.

I shouldn’t complain though because I had got quite a lot done that had needed doing.

The flying sparrow of the day was just passing through.

sparrow passing



Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

32 thoughts on “Wrongfooted

  1. That’s a beautiful lobelia. It reminds me of our native blue lobelia.
    Great corner of the garden too, it’s no wonder there are so many butterflies visiting it.
    I’m going to have to look closer at the sedums around here.

  2. If it makes you feel any better, the weather forecasts here aren’t any more accurate than what the ones in your area are. At least you can pop out into the garden to shoot some of the beautiful flowers there between rain showers and getting your work done on the computer.

    1. Interesting to hear that. I was talking to a Langholmite who had been in the US and was saying that the agricultural forecasts were dead accurate all the time.

      1. I’ve been looking for a source of the agricultural forecasts because I’ve heard the same thing, and they’re far more detailed, but I haven’t looked hard enough yet.

      2. I feel that the accuracy has fgne down a bit in recent years. The general trends are very good but the ‘when’ is often a bit hazy. Maybe I expect too much.

  3. Back from travels and hoping to start catching up! Have some wonders of the Rain Forest to sort through. I shot far too many! Lovely to be back and visiting, though I may keep comments to a minimum until I catch up with myself. 😀

      1. Ah, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Seem to be one of those who has to get a word in edgewise! 😀 Just to say I really enjoy your birds and flowers and the lovely views of an area I’m not at all familiar with. Oh, and of course, your wry sense of humor!
        More posts from our trip should be forthcoming whenever I can sort through the thousand plus shots I took. It was a marvelous adventure!!

  4. Isle of Islay always makes me think of the Donovan song. I tried to get there (for that reason) when I was in Scotland so many years ago but didn’t make it. Nice to see a bit of it.

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