A step too far

Today’s guest picture comes from our neighbour Liz, who recently visited the Eden Project in Cornwall and came across this giant insect.

eden insect

We had another lovely day here and the flowers were looking very cheerful as a result, whether hanging over the edge of the dam…

aubretia

..or popping up in a flower bed.

ballerina tulip

New tulips are opening on all sides…

yellow and orange tulips

…and the euphorbias are growing ever bigger and brighter.

euphorbia

I had a close peer at the magnolia because a reader had asked me if it had a good scent, but sadly, it is scentless for all its handsome looks.

magnolia flower centre

I got out some magic granules that I had bought in a garden centre.  The packet says that they will perk up my grass and eat the moss on the lawn without the dead moss needing to be raked out.  This sounds far too good to be true but nevertheless, I measured and weighed carefully and spread them on the middle lawn as per the instructions on the packet.   I await developments (without holding my breath).

It was warm enough for a blackbird to do a little cooling down on one of the hedges…

blackbird sunning on hedge

…so I resolved to go for a walk to enjoy the sunshine and look for bluebells.

I found a charming red currant beside the river…

currant beside esk

…but soon came upon a good show of bluebells along my favourite bluebell path.

bluebells 5

They are not fully out yet but could still provide the blue ‘carpet’ that makes them so special at this time of year.

bluebells 3

I don’t know who was more surprised when we met, this pheasant or me.

bluebells 4

I walked through the bluebell wood…

bluebells 1

…and took the path the leads to Gaskell’s Walk.

blackthorn stubholm

Although the larches below it are very green, Meikllholm Hill still looks bare.

meikleholm hill from gaskells

There were several peacock butterflies warming their wings on the path as I went along.

Most of them flew off as I approached but this one settled down again for a moment.

peacock butterfly sunning

The path itself was very springlike, and I think that this is the best time of the year to walk along it.

gaskells in spring

When I got to the Auld Stane Brig, I took a couple of pictures to show that we are still waiting for the leaves to appear on many of the trees around us…

stane brig

…but the bridge is attractive at any time of year on a sunny day.

auld stane bridge with reflection

Sadly, by the time that I got home, it had become apparent that while wearing gel insoles might be very good for arthritic toes, it might also put a strain on an achilles tendon and my ‘good’ foot was so sore as a result that the rest of a lovely day was wasted in sitting around and moaning.

I did get outside enough to admire a pulsatilla…

pulsatilla

…but that was the extent of the excitement.

The foot situation is very annoying as things were definitely getting better.  I hope that a good rest over night will see things back to where they were as it is a pity not get a cycle ride in when the weather is so fine.  Today taught me not to get too adventurous.

Mrs Tootlepedal made fish pie and apple crumble for our tea and that brightened things up a lot.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “A step too far

  1. The magnolia might not have a fragrance but it looks like it will have an interesting fruit.
    The bluebells are beautiful. I wish we had them here.
    I haven’t seen a butterfly yet but I’ve seen a lot of other insects so they should appear soon.

  2. I write early on Easter Sunday, The Dawn here is full of promise, I hope the promise is fulfilled, I hope your day goes well. Filled with joy I also hope if your day is the same, May you find it filled with things which keep you busy without your getting carried away. Quite simply, enjoy your day, You get mine off to a good start every day! Thanks.

    1. We did enjoy our day as it was filled with singing, sunshine and flowers and of course a fine e-card from a well wisher which was much appreciated.

  3. That is an impressive hymenopteran in that guest photo. 🙂

    I am sorry those gel inserts did not work out. Nothing worse than sore feet and tendons.

    I loved all these spring photos, especially the woodland paths. The pheasant does look surprised. How are you visiting partridges? Are they still with you or have they moved on with the season?

  4. I am so sorry about your painful feet; we take healthy feet for granted when we are young.
    Seeing your lovely bluebell wood reminds me I should visit our local one soon. We left it too late last year.

  5. The pheasant was out to view the bluebells, too.

    Speaking of tulips and daffodils, I often forget to smell them but some, esp the daffs, are sweetly scented.

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