Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who was beside the sea when he took it but not in East Wemyss. He is having a break at Puerto Pollensa in Majorca.
I said goodbye to my sister Susan after breakfast this morning, thanking her for the hospitality which had made my brief trip south such a pleasure and made my way to Euston Station to catch the train to Carlisle.
Owing to a predisposition to train fever, I arrived a little early and had to spend some time sitting in the waiting room at Euston.
There are worse places to wait for a train on a sunny morning.
The train rain smoothly and punctually and arrived in time to connect with the bus back to Langholm. It was good to be back home again but the weather was not at all welcoming, with very heavy clouds and 40 mph winds. There was no chance of a quick pedal and even a walk was not inviting.
Autumn colour has moved forward while I was away and I took a picture of the poplars beside the church as I went over the suspension bridge.
I did get out into the garden to see what was left but the poor light and strong winds made taking pictures tricky so I settled for flowers that were either well sheltered or very sturdy.
I saw an article in the Gardeners’ World magazine saying that nerines were the thing to grow. Mrs Tootlepedal is way ahead of them.
When the fuchsias were moved, this one escaped the upheaval and has been secretly growing in the old spot.
Calendulas seem impervious to the weather.
And the ornamental strawberries continue to flower. The first one appeared on the blog on May 17th this year so they have been working hard. I wonder if they will make it to November and clock up half a year in flower.
The sedum is looking good but its chance of attracting butterflies may have gone for this year.
Many nasturtiums have turned up their toes but the ones against the house wall are still doing well.
A rudbeckia was very tired and needed a sit down on the bench.
We have some autumn colour of our own in the garden.
And one benefit of the hot summer and the recent strong winds is that walnuts are not hard to find. This is just part of the crop so far this year and it is easily the best crop that we have ever had.
I put some bird food out but there were few takers, just a couple of jackdaws, one seen here perching among the last of the plum tree leaves…
…and one looking rather diffident about pecking the fatballs.
A lone chaffinch is the perching bird of the day.
The forecast is good for tomorrow so I am hoping for some better pictures.