Today’s guest picture is another from the East Wemyss riviera where the sun always shines it seems. Our son Tony sent us this shadowy portrait of one of his dogs.
The run of cool, dry weather continued today and we needed a coat to keep us warm as we cycled to church after breakfast to sing in the choir. There was a very good attendance as it was a baptism service, the second in a row. To my surprise, our ex-minister Scott came down from Glasgow to conduct the service. It was a great pleasure to meet him again and I was very envious when he told me that he had taken part in an 85 mile cycle sportive yesterday. He was feeling rather stiff as he has not had the opportunity to a lot of training but he managed very well when he was left holding the baby during the baptism.
After we got home, I had a cup of coffee and a walk round the garden. My feet had been very sore yesterday so I put Sunday to good use by making it a day of rest today and the walk round the garden was as far as I went.
The cool weather has put growth on hold but there are occasional signs of what is to come and the apple blossom is doing well regardless.
I always like nature’s attention to geometry and my eye was caught by the diagonals on the Solomon’s seal…
…and the design of the cow parsley.
One rhododendron bud remained tightly furled..
…while another had opened up to interested visitors.
A Welsh poppy didn’t look as though it had attracted any pollinators yet…
…and the garden did not have many bees about at all.
One plant that is enjoying the weather is the Lithodora which has never looked so good.
It did attract a bee but it flew off before I could catch it on camera.
Pulsatillas are rewarding little flowers because not only are they pretty when in bloom, but they also look rather dashing when their seed heads appear.
I didn’t stay out long as it was rather chilly.
The feeder was busy again and goldfinches and siskins were playing copycat. First it was ‘who could give the best sideways look’…
…and then it was ‘who could stand up straightest’.
Some birds were bad losers and resorted to violence.
A sparrow made an attempt to get some seed and got the usual cheery welcome from a siskin.
After lunch we went off to Carlisle in the zingy little white thingy. As it is an electric car and we are new to driving it, we spend a lot of time watching the meter which tells you how many theoretical miles you have left in the battery and comparing it to how many miles we have actually done..
This encourages very smooth driving with a light touch on the accelerator. It is early days yet but if the battery continues to behave, it looks as though we will have a range of comfortably over 100 miles as long as we are not in a hurry. This is all we need for our normal use.
When we got home after another excellent afternoon’s singing with our Carlisle choir, we plugged the car into the wall socket and it was feeding time at the Zoe.
As the plug goes right into the nose of the car, it feels a lot like putting a nosebag on a horse after a hard day pulling a carriage.
The flying bird of the day is the sparrow, still trying to find a way to get some seed.