Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s African odyssey. She is putting a full account of the trip on her blog which can be found here.
Yesterday’s rest had improved my foot a little but as there is still some way to go, I had another day where I didn’t venture out of house or garden on foot until well into the evening. I did pay two visits to shops, pedalling very sedately on my slow bike.
It was warm enough outside for Mrs Tootlepedal to get some useful gardening in. My role was limited to sporadic supervision though I helped to lift up the little bridge over our pond. It turned out to be acting not just as a bridge but as a home from home for a pair of frogs too.
I don’t know who was more surprised, them or us.
We lifted the bridge to see if we could spot a leak in the pond liner as our pond had mysteriously and suddenly gone down a lot..
It had been absolutely full two days ago. We filled it up and will look anxiously tomorrow to see whether it has gone down again.
I wandered around the garden but as it was a damp and misty day, there wasn’t a lot to see except the inevitable moss which is taking over the world…
…and any amount of rather unusual raindrop patterns on leaves…
…in every corner…
…of the flower beds…
….and on euphorbia flowers.
The forsythia was doing its best to brighten things up…
…and pulmonarias are trying to help too.
I spent most of the day indoors, killing time by doing this and that and occasionally peering through the gloom at the bird feeders.
The siskins were thoroughly at home today…
…although they had to fight off the attentions of chaffinches….
…not to mention other siskins.
The main business of the day was a visit to the Buccleuch Centre in the evening to see the Langholm Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of My Fair Lady.
You always hope when you go to see a production involving friends that you are going to be able to look them in the eye afterwards and say well done without feeling shifty. This show amply fulfilled that hope with a crisp production, good acting, excellent stage crew work and some really first class singing without a single weak member of the cast or chorus. The show itself is one of my favourite musicals, with a good story, some very witty dialogue and a fistful of memorable tunes. Time in the auditorium passed in the twinkling of an eye.
I am really beginning to feel the lack of exercise so I fear that I will have to put in some time on the bike to nowhere in the garage starting from tomorrow before I forget how to pedal altogether.
It wasn’t a good day for taking pictures of flying birds as the mist never lifted from the hills so I have put in two mediocre efforts, neither of which are chaffinches.
29 thoughts on “A Shaw thing”
Leaking pond liners can be a real pain in the neck so I hope you don’t have one.
Nice to see the lupin leaves already, and the blooming Forsythia.
I like the artistic shots of raindrops on leaves but I hope you’ll see some sunshine too.
Mrs T fervently shares your hope.
Very nice flying birds! 🙂
Thank you HJ
I’m amazed those frogs stuck around long enough for you to get a photo!
It was hard to say which of us were more shocked.
Loved the patterns of raindrops, well spotted. Glad the show was so good, it’s one of my favourites too.
I’m also a fan of My Fair Lady . I’m glad you dont have to duck and dive to avoid awkward conversations after your night at the theatre😊
I was very pleased. It was a great show.
That dratted bike to nowhere, or road to nowhere, as I call it. I know it well. Wonderful that the production was so good. Always cheering to see frogs.
I am avoiding the static bike as long as I can.
I know. No fun. But in the winter it sure is good for creaky knees. Thank goodness for podcasts!
I gave it a bit of a go this evening
Excellent raindrops to go with splendid birds. I’ll think of you when on my bike to nowhere
That would be an extra burden for you. Think of sunlit uplands and freedoms to come.
Sorry to hear about the possible leak in the pond liner — they can be hell to plug. Well done the Langholm Operatic and Dramatic Society!
Mrs T is gloomy about the pond prospects.
My leaky pond became my bog garden, which I love, so there’s always a bright side to look for when the leak can’t be mended! The raindrop photos are great and there’ll be more to photo through the spring! Like your title!
Thank you for the link to the blog…amazing photos of animals!
Although it is an upbeat thought, I don’t think Mrs T will be happy with a bog instead of a pond.
I enjoyed your clever title and am pleased the musical was enjoyed by you. I hope you don’t have to repair the pond liner or even worse, replace it!
I am pleased that hours of work honing the title didn’t go to waste. What a privilege for me to have a discerning audience.
You are too kind.
Oh dear, I hope you do not have a leak.
Allan was putting some new wood around our wooden water boxes last year and drove a nail into the liner. Oops, but fortunately it was just an inch from the top.
Things are looking quite hopeful.
Lovely. Once again, I seem to have some catching up to do! 😀
Good luck with that. You can confidently skip a lot as nothing much has happened.