Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who visited Tamworth recently and found the castle gardens looking well kept.
We had another fine day here today and indeed there was only 1 cm of rain in Mary Jo’s rain gauge when I looked this evening so we have had a pretty dry week. It has been a windy month though and the wind was nagging away again this morning. I did get into my cycling gear but some really heavy gusts persuaded me that yesterday’s ride was enough for the time being and I changed back into my lounging around clothes and lounged around in a very professional manner for the rest of morning and a lot of the afternoon.
I roused myself enough to cycle round to the corner shop to get materials to make a sausage stew and then had to rouse myself again to go back and get the sausages which had forgotten to buy.
I filled the bird feeder and had a brief look at the birds.
The women’s race in the cycling world championships gave both Mrs Tootlepedal and me a good excuse to watch others taking exercise but when it finished, we thought that the sunny day made some outdoor activity more or less compulsory. She did some gardening and I went for a walk after spending a few minutes looking for flowers in the garden.
As long as there are flowers with butterflies in them, I will keep taking their pictures.
My walk was a short three bridges affair because although it was sunny, there was a distinct nip in the air from the breeze.
I saw two lonely gulls beside the river….
…and an old friend near the Town Bridge.
I looked back as I crossed the bridge….
…and then headed along the Kilngreen and across the Sawmill Brig onto the Castleholm.
I enjoyed the sunny views….
…and the hints of autumn colour….
…which were quite pronounced in a few places.
Sadly this promising spot of colour had been laid low by the recent storm.
There were several crops of fungus on old tree stumps…
…and I wondered if I could see a small gnome glaring at me from the back of this bunch.
When I got back, Mrs Tootlepedal was hard at work and I thought that I ought to try to be useful so I mowed the middle and front lawns with the mower blades set suitably high for a late season cut. I was surprised how much growth there had been in the grass and was able to add a handy amount to the compost bin.
I had to have a sit down when I had finished.
The dry week had left the lawns quite easy to mow and although the moss is making a come back, they are looking as well as can be expected at this time of year.
When I was putting the grass in the compost bin, Mrs Tootlepedal pointed out how well the leycesteria formosa is doing.
It was an uninvited guest but it is looking so good that it may well become part of the new planting scheme at the back of the vegetable garden next year.
I made the sausage stew and ate some of it for my tea.
We have a busy day of singing ahead tomorrow so I have finished my cycling for September. In spite of some very windy weather, I have managed to keep up to my mileage target for the year although I didn’t get as many miles in as I had hoped. I will need a kindly October or some very good wet weather clothing to keep me up to scratch.
The flying bird of the day is a chaffinch caught in one of the cloudy moments of an otherwise lovely day.