Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Susan. She came across this very colourful boundary to a restaurant’s outside seating area and knowing that I like fuchsias, sent me the picture.
It was another very sunny day here but not quite as warm as the last two days, presaging a slight change in the weather but probably not enough to bring some much needed rain in any quantity.
Our two resident blackbirds are busy morning, noon and night pecking at the lawn for food for their young.
The garage clematis is showing more flowers every day but is still not near its full glory…
…unlike the Japanese azalea which is opening flowers at a great rate…
…and contributing to a colourful display along the back path.
I sat down for a moment or two on our new bench and enjoyed a purple patch with a perennial wallflower on one side…
…and many alliums on the other.
Sandy is away on holiday at the moment so I got the chance to act as fill in feeder filler at the Moorland Project hide. I went up on my slow bike, stopping as is compulsory on a sunny day, to admire Skippers Bridge yet again..
…and noting wild flowers on my way, including Pyrenean valerian, ajuga and another outbreak of wild garlic.
The back roads are delightful at the moment and the grass roof on the hide is growing very well.
As I filled the feeders, two pheasants were squaring off with a good deal of feather flapping and barking…
…and this was the champion of the day.
I sat in the hide for a while with a fellow bird watcher but there was not a lot of birds to watch apart from siskins.
I did notice a coal tit…
…and was pleased to have a brief visit from a greater spotted woodpecker.
When I left the hide, I cycled down the hill to see how the road repairs are coming on. The repaired road has been completed and and surfaced so it won’t be long now until the traffic can start to flow again. After several years of being closed, it will not be too soon.
On my way home, I passed a patch of what I think must be horsetail. It had a fine contrast between its spear like head and a rather frilly tutu further down the stem.
When I got home, Mrs Tootlepedal was busy in the garden. We are going on a short holiday next week and she has a lot to do to get everything in order before we go. I watered the strawberries as the vegetable garden is very dry and also gave the compost in Bin A a good soaking to help the decomposition.
The sunshine is bringing the flowers on well.
…and a rook popped in to enjoy the colour.
After lunch, Mrs Tootlepedal went off to do some business in the town and I was sitting doing the crossword when a neighbour knocked on the door to say that we had a visitor.
The partridge was back on our windowsill.
It stayed there for most of the afternoon, moving off at one time, only to return to another sill later in the day.
I was somewhat jiggered by sore feet and asthma after I got back from cycling up to the hide and spent the rest of the day very quietly, wasting immense amounts of time at the computer which wouldn’t behave properly so I couldn’t even get useful things done.
In the end I cheered myself up by taking up Mrs Tootlepedal’s suggestion to make some ginger biscuits. They came out well.
She continued to work in the garden and at one stage disturbed an ant colony which was hiding under some black polythene covering a potential seed bed. The ants got to work straight away in moving some large capsules, which I presume are eggs. Before too long they had cleared the site and found a new home.
As I sat at my computer trying to work, the partridge kept an eye on me.
Mrs Tootlepedal took it some seed and water.
The day drifted to a close but I felt a lot better by the evening than I had in the morning and afternoon which was a relief.
The flying birds of the day are two swallows. I saw them heading for holes in the bank of the Esk as I came back from my morning cycle ride.