Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony who was spotted by a deer on one of his walks.
It was another grey day today but although it promised to rain for quite a lot of the day, we got nothing worse than a few spots every now and again.
I went off to the producers’ market at the Buccleuch Centre after breakfast and was very disappointed to find that neither the fishmonger nor the cheesemonger were present. I made do with some stewing steak and honey and made my way home again.
As it wasn’t raining, I mowed the front and middle lawns and was pleased to find a fair amount of grass growing on both. Then, following up a suggestion from the gardener, I went into the greenhouse to check on the argyranthemum. It was a surprise to me to find that it has such a cheerful flower.
I look forward to seeing it out in the garden in due course.
Things were generally looking quite cheerful in the garden in spite of the cloudy weather and the two and half inches of rain which we have had this week.
I went out to look at the hedge along the road and found that it need trimming. While I was there, I looked back into the garden and saw the view which the passer by gets.
I looked at some of the paler flowers…
…and went indoors to look at the birds and have lunch.
A pigeon was taking time out on a garden seat…
…while the sparrows rushed busily about.
After lunch, we went to a recital by our church organist Henry, seen here consulting with his page turner.
He played the recital which he used for his degree examination recently. Mrs Tootlepedal had heard him play it in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh last month but it was new to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The recital is part of a series held to raise money for the restoration of the church organ. I hope that they succeed in raising the substantial funds required as the organ is a delight to listen to, very clear and mellow in tone so that the audience doesn’t get the battering that some of the bigger cathedral organs administer.
We enjoyed a cup of tea and some dainty cakes after the performance and then we went home.
Once home, I spent some useful time practising the songs for our Carlisle Choir concert which is coming up next week and then I checked the weather forecast as I was thinking about a cycle ride. Unfortunately the forecast was very gloomy, promising heavy rain shortly so I gave up the idea of pedalling and sieved some compost instead and had another walk round the garden.
A rhododendron which has been threatening to flower for some weeks, has finally got its act together. It was worth the wait.
And on every side, hostas are growing.
In spite of the forecast, it didn’t rain so I decided to put a brolly in my pocket and go for a walk until it started.
The recent rain has put a little water into the rivers but they are still pretty low as this view of the Kirk Brig shows.
Beside the Esk, I spotted a pair of ducks. The male was looking very calm while the female was making a big splash.
I crossed the river and walked along the Kilngreen under the supervision of a black headed gull.
The clouds were well down on the hills round the town…
…but on the Castleholm, a cricket match was in full swing.
I didn’t stop to watch the game and turned to admire an ornamental horse chestnut tree instead.
I continued round the new path and enjoyed the new growth all around me, both looking up..
It was gloomy in the corner by the two noble fir trees and female and male fruits had an air of mystery about them.
There were flowers beside the path including a lot of crosswort…
…and an unknown (to me) yellow flower and a superb hawthorn.
As I walked over the Jubilee Bridge and round the Scholars’ Field, the trees were full of interest…
…and there was lots to see at ground level too.
When I got home, I was amazed at how many pictures I had taken on such an unpromising day. I have bunged a lot of them into the panels in spite of the poor quality of many of them just to show what I saw.
I was also rather annoyed to find that as time went on, there was no hint whatsoever of any of the forecast rain and much as I had enjoyed my walk, I could easily have gone for a decent cycle ride which would have done me more good.
Still, the lawns are cut, the compost buckets are full and I saw a lot of interesting things on my walk so I should regard it as a day on the credit side of the great ledger of life even it didn’t have a pedal in it.
The poor light made getting a good flying bird picture tricky so I have put in a gender balanced pair of sparrows today.