Today’s guest picture comes from one of my Canadian correspondents, Lucie. She has been visiting relatives in the UK and when she passed through Edinburgh on her way north, she stopped off to check out the view from the castle.
We had a warm and sunny day today and with lighter winds, it felt like a good day to discard some layers of clothing at last.
The flowers in the garden enjoyed the warmth too and my favourite tulip was looking at its best….
…though the same could not be said for a very ragged anemone which has not enjoyed the cold while waiting to spread its wings.
I had to go to the doctor to discuss the x-ray and the state of my foot. The gel insoles are continuing to help and the lack of serious pain after my cycle ride yesterday is also encouraging so the policy is ‘steady as you go’ and to fix an appointment with a physio to see how much my back is contributing to the problem.
As I cycled over the suspension bridge on my way to the doctor, I noticed that the poplar trees beside the church are going green.
Back in the garden, I checked out more flowers and found a fancy tulip not looking at its best…
…but the brunnera is doing very well.
I discovered that some of the newest flowers on the magnolia have no brown tips on their petals as they missed the frosty mornings…
…and that the drumstick primulas are doing superbly, regardless of the weather.
Things have been both cold and dry and some of the tulips are beginning to look a little tired…
…even some of the ones that have come out most recently.
I don’t know where the siskins have been for the last few days, but they came back here today and there were a good number of them about.
They are very much the same size and shape as the redpolls though siskins like to perch head down more than the redpolls.
There is so much blossom on the plum tree that it is sometimes hard to see the birds so it was good of this chaffinch to find a space to perch where I could see him clearly.
After lunch, we went off to catch the train to Edinburgh to visit Matilda and her family. There are great plans afoot to improve Waverley Station but I hope that they are not going to improve out this fine ceiling in the main waiting room.
When we got to Matilda’s new house, we found the last blossom still on the tree which the builders kindly planted in their garden…
…and we found Matilda in the garden too.
Here she is having a rest after playing ball with her grandfather.
We had a good time mowing the new lawn and gathering up the grass and after some indoor games too, we had a delicious mixed bean chilli cooked by Alistair, Matilda’s father which we ate in the company of Matilda’s other grandparents and an aunt so it was a thoroughly convivial occasion.
The journey home was uneventful and we look forward to seeing Matilda, Al and Clare getting settled into their new home over the next few weeks.
I didn’t have time to hang about for a flying bird to day so the best I could do was a rather vague siskin in the background.