Show time

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 .

sheffield street art

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…..

newtown bench and bike

…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.

A7 at border

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.

new bed with three trees

She is hoping that they will get established before the next gale comes along.

I noted that Lilian Austin was developing well….

lilian austin

…but the white Japanese anemones are looking a bit tired now.

japanese anemone tatty

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.

black nose sheep at showyellow dipped sheep at showpair of cows at showdrivers at showriders at show

And when we looked in the industrial tent, we found that Mrs Tootlepedal had caught the judge’s eye.

Mrs T's prizes
Our neighbour Liz was second in the marrow for weight class.

She had put two entries into the embroidery class and had come first and second…

winning embroidery

….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.

Mrs T getting cup

I noted the approach of autumn being recorded in the trees along the Lodge Walks..

autumn colour at show

…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.

red admiral on buddleiasmall tortoiseshell on buddleia

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.

birds of prey at show

Mary Jo’s rain gauge recorded just over 6 cm or 2½ inches of rain this week.


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

25 thoughts on “Show time

  1. Congratulations to Mrs. Tootlepedal! Our butterfly bushes are blooming again now that the heat is gone and a little rain has fallen. Rain is coming in brief squalls and nighttime sprinkles. Just enough to dampen everything and frustrate bees attempting to land on the roses.

  2. That’s a lot of space Mrs. Tootlepedal has gained in the garden. I’m sure it will be as beautiful as the rest of the garden before we know it. Congratulations on her wins in the show. She does it all!
    That rose is beautiful but the sheep look very rectangular. Maybe it’s the way they were sheared, or maybe they always look like that after shearing.

  3. Well done Mrs. Toot! Embroidering “Stomping Matilda” is a wonderful way to record those events. Did Mr. T. do the framing?

    P.S. – It’s the first day of Autumn, and we have snow with a -7 windchill. Sigh . . .

  4. Please could you arrange bigger pictures of Alison’s work, I would like to see them. The cattle show sounded great fun, I loved the pony and his drivers.

  5. We are just starting show season here with our local happening in about a month. We are way too shy to be thinking if entering anything this year…want to check out the caliber of the competition first. Mrs T’s work is stunning!

  6. Add my congratulations to Mrs. T for her well deserved awards! She is very skilled in many areas.

    On the basis of image quality alone, my favorite today is the Lilian Austin rose, but I enjoyed seeing the farm animals and the birds from the raptor exhibit that you shot. I’d love to get that close to a kestrel.

  7. Hooray for Mrs, Tootlepedal! What fine, beautiful work she does. I did notice the resemblance to Matilda, and I was going to ask. But I didn’t need to.

  8. Brilliant results at the show for Mrs T…so many talents…green and nimble fingered lady! Lots of berries on the town tree…does that mean a hard winter ahead?

  9. Mrs T’s talents apparently know no bounds! Congratulations to her on her winnings.

    The perching birds were a real delight, too.

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