Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce. He was struck by this pieces of street art in Sheffield, the work of Pete McKee. a local painter and commercial artist .
The mornings are getting cooler now and we were well down in single figures today.
Mrs Tootlepedal was up early and started the day by taking four items up to the Castleholm where the Langholm Show was taking place. She was hoping to catch the judge’s eye in three classes.
It took me quite a long time to feel strong enough to get my bike out even though it was a dry day with a good forecast.
Cycling in the cold is just a matter of the right clothing but after a warm summer for once, I am finding it hard to face up to the march of the seasons.
Still, I did get going after coffee and enjoyed a good run down to my favourite bench at Newtown on the line of Hadrian’s Wall…..
…and back. It is a pretty flat route and in spite of a cross wind, I kept up a good speed for me, with my nose well down over the front wheel.
I did stop for a snack and a quick breather on my way home as I crossed the border. The picture shows why I like cycling on our main road at the weekend. It has everything a road needs in the way of signs and lines but very little traffic.
When I got home, I found that Mrs Tootlepedal had been busy on the back bed in the vegetable garden. Over the past weeks our Christmas tree, a blackcurrant bush, a compost bin and a lot of rhubarb have disappeared and now a brand new bed has appeared, ready to be mulched and planted with three trees that Mrs Tootlepedal bought at a bargain price at the last Producers’ Market in Langholm.
She is hoping that they will get established before the next gale comes along.
I noted that Lilian Austin was developing well….
…but the white Japanese anemones are looking a bit tired now.
After a change of clothes and a quick snack for me, we cycled up to the show ground to see what was going on.
There was everything you would expect from an agricultural show.
And when we looked in the industrial tent, we found that Mrs Tootlepedal had caught the judge’s eye.
She had put two entries into the embroidery class and had come first and second…
….but the icing on the cake was a handsome rosette for the best exhibit overall in the section. The winning picture came from a photo showing her mother and aunt when children and long time followers of the blog will recognise Matilda stamping on sand castles in North Berwick in the other work.
She was presented with a handsome trophy.
I noted the approach of autumn being recorded in the trees along the Lodge Walks..
…and went home to rescue some bread from the bread making machine.
It was a really beautiful evening by this time and the garden was full of butterflies again.
When Mrs Tootlepedal came home, she went off to do some shopping and then we shelled enough of our walnuts to get 50 gm of usable kernels with which Mrs Tootlepedal is going to make a walnut pesto, following a recipe kindly sent to us by our Newcastle correspondent, Fiona.
I didn’t get the chance to take a flying bids of the day today but I did see several very unusual perching birds of the day at a demonstration at the Cattle Show.
Mary Jo’s rain gauge recorded just over 6 cm or 2½ inches of rain this week.